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A passenger van is decorated with messages of solidarity for striking workers

Two strikes and two union drives signify labor unrest in the Ohio Valley

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (OVR) — In the Ohio Valley, the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing labor shortage have encouraged workers to join what many say is a national and growing wave of labor actions. Workers across industries, in steel, health care, nonprofits and food service, have joined in calling for increased health… Read More

Jessica Barden as “Ruth” in Nicole Riegel’s HOLLER.

New Film ‘Holler’ Sheds Light On Struggles Of Being Young In Appalachia

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JACKSON, Ohio (OVR) — When Nicole Riegel left her hometown of Jackson, Ohio, at the age of 18, she couldn’t wait to be gone. Last year, Riegel returned to Jackson with a film crew in tow. The town was tapped for a starring role in the new movie “Holler,” which she both wrote and directed…. Read More

Martin County water treatment plant

With Infrastructure Funding On Horizon, Beleaguered Martin County Looks To Raise Water Rates Again

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In December, Kathy Fletcher, a lifelong Martin County, Kentucky, resident and mother, found her water was shut off. When it came back on, something was wrong with it. Fletcher remembers that after she showered, her skin and nails felt completely dried out. The water smelled acrid, like chemicals. For years, Fletcher has been frustrated by… Read More