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Firing Offense: Where Ohio Valley Senators Stand On Special Counsel Mueller

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“Why don’t you just fire the guy?” The question came in a press availability with President Trump soon after he learned that federal agents, acting on information from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, had raided the offices of his personal lawyer, Robert Cohen. The president visibly warmed to the question. Arms crossed, he answered, “Many people… Read More

FirstEnergy Emergency Request Could Be A Last Chance To Help Coal Power

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Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley. The request even hit the president’s radar. Speaking earlier this month at a roundtable event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Donald… Read More

Teachable Moment: What Teacher Protests Portend For Schools, Labor And Elections

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When Oklahoma teacher Sally Salmons saw momentum building toward teacher protests in her state, she immediately reached out to family ties and educators in West Virginia. She said teacher walkouts in the Mountain State provided her and colleagues across the state with the courage they needed to take a stand. “We looked at West Virginia… Read More

Surgeon General Supports Needle Exchanges To Limit Disease From Opioid Crisis

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams threw his support behind syringe exchange services as an important tool to address the Ohio Valley’s high risk of needle-borne disease associated with the opioid epidemic. Adams visited Florence, in northern Kentucky, for an event to encourage more people to get trained to administer the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. Dressed in a full,… Read More

Snookered: Pool Tournament Ban Has Seniors Wondering Who Calls The Shots

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Billy Hobby’s days are largely filled by two things: church and pool. “I play everyday, mostly,” Hobby said, sitting next to his wife, Barbara. “Well, I enjoy watching him play,” Barbara Hobby said. “He’s got health problems, can’t go out of town and play all the time.” Billy and Barbara were in Cadiz, Kentucky, about… Read More

Trade War Fears Have Ohio Valley Soy Growers Nervous

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China buys more than half of the soybeans grown in the Ohio Valley. So China’s threat this week to place a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soy means farmers would be caught in the crosshairs of a trade war. Even though tariffs haven’t taken effect, markets are already showing signs that commodities traders are growing… Read More

Eastern Kentucky Prison Moves Forward As Opponents Consider Challenge

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The Bureau of Prisons has issued a record of decision signaling that it is moving ahead with plans to build a federal prison on the site of a former strip mine in the hills of Letcher County, Kentucky. But local opponents of the prison say they’re not giving up and are considering a legal challenge to prevent… Read More

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Exchange of Ideas: How A Rural Kentucky County Overcame Fear To Adopt A Needle Exchange

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Greg Lee, Kentucky’s HIV/AIDS educator, starts the town hall on a somber note. “How many people in this room know someone who has died of an overdose death?” It is a standing-room only crowd. Most hands go up. “Amazing,” he says, sadly. The meeting is at the Bourbon County Public Health Department, just next to… Read More

Amid Black Lung Surge, Kentucky Changes Benefits Process For Miners

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William McCool is a 64-year-old former coal miner from Letcher County, Kentucky, with an advanced form of black lung disease. Health experts say the condition is entirely preventable with dust control measures in mines. But today, more miners in Appalachia are being diagnosed with severe black lung than ever before. “I’ve worked all my life,… Read More

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Deep In Gun Country, Students Speak Out On Gun Violence

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Gun culture runs deep in much of the Ohio Valley, where hunting is a revered tradition and the majority of state lawmakers in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia boast “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association. But even here the growing national student activism on gun safety is taking hold in the wake of recent… Read More