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Ruhullah Rezai and his son Farhan shop for clothes after moving to Lexington from Afghanistan.

Refugees, evacuees find homes and support in the Ohio Valley

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Refugees, evacuees find homes and support in the Ohio Valley LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — On a warm April afternoon, Ruhullah Rezai, his wife Mahriya and son Farhan shop for clothes with a Kentucky Refugee Ministries case worker. The family moved into their first home in Lexington last month after a long… Read More

A clinic escort looks at their phone. The picture is a reflection of the photographers side mirror on their vehicle.

As the Supreme Court deliberates abortion rights, access is already limited in the Ohio Valley

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Reproductive Health in the Ohio Valley 02/18/22 KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (OVR) – On a cold Wednesday morning in February, cars arrive at an abortion provider in Knoxville, Tennessee. The women inside their cars are met with a line of people, mostly men, on either side of the parking lot entrance. “Don’t turn… Read More

A damaged public housing unit in Mayfield overlooks other damage in the city limits.

Displaced Kentuckians are still searching for housing after tornadoes

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MAYFIELD, Ky. (OVR) — Jimmy Galbreath works hard. The scrap dealer and father of nine from Mayfield, Ky. started working when he was 12 years old. He grew up in a one-bedroom house with 15 other siblings and a mother who made sure they had food on the table. And eventually, he worked hard enough… Read More

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Parents struggle for support in Ohio Valley child care ‘deserts’

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Parents struggle for support in Ohio Valley child care ‘deserts’ ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — Stacy Bilodeau has wanted to go back to work for years, but she can’t because she doesn’t have child care. The mother of two from Murray, Ky. is the only one available to look after her kids… Read More

Dawson Springs on Dec. 11, 2021, the afternoon following the largest tornado system to ever hit the state.

Kentucky tornado recovery continues, with charities and government providing aid

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PADUCAH, Ky. (NewsHour) — The tornadoes that swept through the midsouth region one week ago left thousands homeless and killed at least 77 people in Kentucky alone. It was the single worst tornado disaster in that state’s history. This weekend charities, churches and government agencies are focused on helping those who need shelter and supplies…. Read More

Dawson Springs on Dec. 11, 2021, the afternoon following the largest tornado system to ever hit the state.

Kentucky communities in shock as death toll from tornadoes rises

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PADUCAH, Ky. (NewsHour) — Search and rescue operations continue across several states after the devastation caused by the tornado outbreak in the central and southern U.S. Kentucky has reported scores of deaths after tornadoes tore across the western part of the state. WOUB alumnus and current Ohio Valley ReSource reporter/WKMS Assistant News Director Liam Niemeyer,… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

A Kentucky court orders West Virginia’s governor to pay penalty over mine reclamation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — A Kentucky court has found coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in default of a 2019 mine reclamation agreement. A judge in Frankfort on Tuesday ordered Justice to pay a nearly $3 million penalty, plus interest, over mine reclamation work at three sites in eastern Kentucky that was… Read More

A court room in Athens County with the judge hearing from an attorney while two people look on.

Eviction protections are the latest safety net to erode as COVID-19 rages on

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Ohio Valley ReSource · No Shelter: Eviction Protections are Latest Safety Net to Erode, as COVID-19 Rages On RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — In room 226 of the Relax Inn in Richmond, Kentucky, Melanie and Cody Poore do their best to make themselves at home. Melanie has draped some of her old comforters over the motel’s… Read More

Some of the 1,000 solar panels that are part of a green energy project on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation frame the landscape near Cannon Ball, N.D., where the grand opening for the energy farm that was borne partly out of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016 and 2017 was held. Revenue generated from the 30 kilowatt farm is currently being used to power a community center and gymnasium in Cannon Ball. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Appalachian Solar Dreams Become Realities As Money Flows In To A Community In Kentucky

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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The promise of solar energy for small, rural communities, and particularly those recovering from the decline of the coal industry, is twofold: job creation, and revenue. Money is flowing into solar energy—  the Appalachian Regional Commission just funded a major regional solar financing program, and a massive solar farm may… Read More

The National Guard and the Athens City-County Health Department administered free pop-up COVID-19 tests at the Athens High School parking lot in August.

Long Into The Pandemic, Ohio Valley Health Departments Aren’t Just Fighting COVID-19

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Ohio Valley ReSource · 092421OVR – F The pandemic has swamped health departments. Since August, Ohio Valley health departments  have been dealing with a massive surge in cases and that means more testing, contact tracing and phone calls. Although disease investigation is a core service of health departments, the pandemic has demanded a continual, robust… Read More

Recovery Through Employment: ARC Funding Makes Ohio Valley Programs Possible

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Jessica Stapleton was in the thralls of active addiction when she first heard of the Recovery to Work program. She had lost the trust of her family and custody of her six children. She credits the program with not only changing her life, but saving it as well. “It pretty much saved my life. I… Read More

North Fork resident Shayna Plank, age 11, leads a protest chant in Morehead, KY.

Evictions At A Kentucky Trailer Park Highlight Ohio Valley’s Lack Of Affordable Housing

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Jimmy McRoberts knew the North Fork Mobile Home Park was teeming with animals. Some residents, like local grandmother Penny Gozzard, had two or three beloved cats they kept a close eye on; others let their pets roam around and mingle with the neighborhood kids who played around their families’ trailers. So… 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

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Power Switch: Solar Is Heating Up In The Ohio Valley

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — St. Vincent’s Mission has been doing the work of feeding, clothing and sheltering the people of Floyd County, Kentucky, since 1968. “We believe that all persons have a God-ordained right to the basic needs of life in order to meet their full potential,” the mission states on its website. Recently,… Read More

Gov of Kentucky at podium with sign language interpreter next to him

Kentucky Judge Blocks Follow-up Attempt To Limit Beshear COVID Orders

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked another attempt by Republican lawmakers to restrict Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd extended a temporary injunction Wednesday. It applies to a measure passed over the governor’s veto. The measure specifies which of Beshear’s pandemic-related orders… Read More

Andy Beshear

Beshear Vetoes Bill Aiming To Create Scholarship Tax Credits

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a measure that would allow limited use of scholarship tax credits for private school tuition. He calls it an unconstitutional attack on public education. Public education advocates denounced the proposal leading up to the veto Wednesday. But the embattled bill could still become law if… Read More

Gavel leaning against a row of law books

Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Improper Shipping Of Nuclear Waste

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste at an Estill County landfill has pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges of shipping the waste without the proper labeling. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cory David Hoskins faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up… Read More

CAP Police and protesters outside the United States Capitol.

Mapping The Ohio Valley Residents Charged In Connection With U.S. Capitol Riot


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — Data compiled by an academic research group shows the home counties of 21 people from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia charged so far in connection with the Jan. 6 riot and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  The Program on Extremism at George Washington University compiled a database from the federal criminal… Read More

The Madison Co. Health Department’s Narcan mobile unit

Addiction In The Pandemic: The $350M Effort To Heal Communities In Opioid Crisis

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The Madison County health department in Kentucky has kept its harm reduction program open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to continue its work against the other epidemic afflicting the region: the addiction crisis. Through the program, people can exchange needles, receive referrals for addiction treatment services, and get training to use… Read More

The Kentucky Statehouse

Kentucky Panel Takes No Action On Impeachment Petitions

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A legislative panel has taken no action on impeachment petitions against Kentucky’s governor and attorney general. The House panel met behind closed doors for more than 3 1/2 hours Wednesday. Once the lawmakers reconvened, the committee chairman said that motions filed in conjunction with the petition seeking the ouster of GOP… Read More

NorthStar Online NA’s first meeting using online support, in 2018

Addiction In The Pandemic: An Interview With A Member Of Narcotics Anonymous

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. is the father of two daughters and lives in Lexington. He’s a carpenter and owns a small construction company. More than 15 years ago, Terrance walked into his first Narcotics Anonymous meeting at age 27. He spoke to the Ohio Valley ReSource about addiction, sobriety and how the COVID-19 pandemic… Read More

Andy Beshear

Ky. Impeachment Panel Makes Filings Open For Public Review

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A legislative panel reviewing a petition to impeach Kentucky’s governor has made filings from both sides open to the public. Deliberations on the matter were being conducted behind closed doors, however. The Republican-led committee voted to make the petition by four Kentuckians public Wednesday. It then went into a closed-door session…. Read More

Kyra Higgins (left) rehearses “Blackademics” with co-star Savanah Jackson (right).

Black Lives In Red States: Art And Life Converge For Two Women In A Tumultuous Year

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (OVR) — Jessalyn Brown met Kyra Higgins through theater. “I saw her on stage and I was just like, ‘This girl is so good!’ She was just amazing.” So when it came time for Brown, 21, to direct a play for her senior project at Kentucky’s Georgetown College, she knew she wanted Higgins,… Read More