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Jerry Coleman stands in a parking lot. His shirt has the words "Black Lung Kills" on it.

Black lung patients and advocates urge mine safety officials to update silica dust standards

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Black lung patients, advocates urge mine safety officials to update silica dust standards CABIN CREEK, W.Va. (OVR) — Jerry Coleman mined West Virginia coal underground for 37 years. When he was in his early fifties, he found himself gradually struggling to keep up with other men his age, and went to… Read More

Prison nurseries help incarcerated mothers bond, but options are limited

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 Ohio Valley ReSource · Prison nurseries help incarcerated mothers bond, but options are limited MARYSVILLE, Ohio (OVR) – Kea’Londa Fuqua was 20 years old when she found out she was pregnant with her first child. A surprise pregnancy at a young age can feel overwhelming, but Fuqua had an additional stressor on her impending… Read More

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

The Ohio House

Ohio joins states with no concealed carry license requirement

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ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — Every year at tax time Mike Linscott knows that business is soon to pick up at River’s Edge Outfitters, his family-run firearm and archery supply store in Canaanville, Ohio. This year there’s a larger increase than usual at this profitable time, which he says could be due in part to a… Read More

Some of the pizza on display in the cafeteria.

With child nutrition waivers expiring, school leaders fear kids will go hungry

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Ohio Valley ReSource · With child nutrition waivers expiring, school leaders fear kids will go hungry MAYFIELD, Ky. (OVR) — Pizza is on the menu at Mayfield High School, a favorite among the 200 students that pour into the western Kentucky cafeteria, grabbing red trays and finding their place in line during the lunch rush…. Read More

Part of the Carpathians Mountains in Ukraine

‘Kindred lands’: Scholar talks similarities between Appalachia and Ukraine

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Ohio Valley ReSource · ‘Kindred lands’: Scholar talks similarities between Appalachia and Ukraine LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — Though they’re about 5,000 miles apart, Appalachia has a lot in common with Ukraine, especially the rugged Carpathian Mountains in the western side of the country. A group of scholars has been exploring the parallels between the two regions for years…. Read More

Carter G. Woodson delivers a talk on television

The Appalachian legacy of Carter G. Woodson, ‘father of Black History Month’

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Carter G. Woodson’s Appalachian legacy HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (OVR) — Carter G. Woodson was one of the first people to seriously study and document the history of Black people in the United States, and he also created educational programs that celebrated Black culture, most notably Black History Month. But few people… 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

Striking workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital pose for a picture in front of a union bus

Labor organizing in the Ohio Valley goes beyond coal

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (OVR) — In late December, West Virginia union members and supporters gathered in the small town of Elkview, about 20 minutes outside of Charleston. Dozens of linemen, coal miners, educators, plumbers and others lined up by the side of the road in front of Tudor’s Biscuit World to show their support for the… Read More

The U.S. Capitol at sunset

The infrastructure law brings mine reclamation, clean water and broadband to Appalachia

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The bipartisan infrastructure bill that became law last month has billions of dollars in it for roads, bridges, airports and transit systems in the Ohio Valley. The law also addresses some of the region’s other pressing needs. The $1 trillion infrastructure law has the potential to deliver big improvements to Appalachia. It will help reclaim… Read More

A pedestrian bridge outside of the Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center in Lexington.

Ohio Valley childhood obesity rates have increased, putting kids at greater risk of severe COVID-19 illness

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Childhood obesity & covid FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — In October, University of Kentucky Children’s hospital reported a substantial rise in children hospitalized for COVID-19. The escalation began in July. Dr. Sean McTigue, medical director for pediatric infection prevention and control said all hospitalized children had one thing in common. “So our… Read More

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

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

An elk among native grasses and flowers inside the Elk and Bison Prairie.

In elk, a Kentucky professor sees an opportunity to help revitalize Appalachia

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Ohio Valley ReSource · In Elk, A Kentucky Professor Sees An Opportunity To Help Revitalize Appalachia MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Howard Whiteman is inching along in his black Toyota Prius, craning his neck to see what’s beyond the rolling grasslands into the nearby woods. He wishes he brought binoculars. He’s slowly making his way around… Read More

Group of children doing morning exercises hands up yoga sport outdoors in nature in summer camp

Childhood obesity rates in the Ohio Valley are higher than the national average

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RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — For the second year in a row, Kentucky has the highest rate of childhood obesity among kids ages 10-to-17 at 23.8%. That’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released this week. Senior Program Officer Jamie Bussel said rates are too high across the country. “They’ve been exacerbated by COVID,… 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

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive for an event to mark the start of monthly Child Tax Credit relief payments, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Washington.

Families Receive Sorely Needed Child Tax Credit Payments

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BUCHTEL, Ohio (OVR) — The Robsons, like the vast majority of U.S. households with children, began receiving the Child Tax Credit last week – the latest part of the American Rescue Plan to be put into action. Jaclyn Robson says it was sorely needed.  “I don’t want to have to work 60 hours a week… Read More

In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent rioters supporting President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington.

Six Months After Capitol Riot, 46 From Ohio Valley Face Charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol left five people dead and caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage to the Capitol building. In the six months since then, federal authorities say, about 470 people have been arrested in nearly every state, including at least 46 people in the Ohio Valley…. Read More

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

Kentucky’s AG Cameron on West Virginia Coal Plant: Close It

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Environmental and consumer groups have pushed for the early closure of a 50-year-old coal-fired power plant in West Virginia that serves electricity customers in both West Virginia and Kentucky. They have an unlikely ally: Kentucky’s Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron. In a filing last week with the Kentucky Public Service Commission,… Read More

The cast of “Shift Change”.

Appalachian Community Uses Theater To Reckon With Racism, COVID, And The Trauma Of 2020

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, a cold and faraway place from the vantage point of Harlan County, Kentucky. But the energy of that long, hot summer reached a group of Harlan high schoolers, and soon enough, this small, rural town was in the midst… 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