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National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy in an interview with the ReSource.

White House Climate Advisor Sees A Path To A Clean Energy Transition Through Coal Country

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — For decades now, rhetoric around action on climate change has been about things like saving the planet, or saving polar bears. Just think: How many times have you seen an image of ice crashing into the sea from a melting glacier, or a sad-eyed seal atop a floe, as part of… Read More

In this Dec. 3, 2015 file photo, The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial is shown in Whitesville, W.Va.

WV Remembers Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster On 11th Anniversary

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RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (OVR) — Monday marks 11 years since the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster in Raleigh County, West Virginia, where 29 miners were killed on April 5, 2010. Federal mine safety investigators determined that a buildup of methane gas and coal dust led to the explosion at the Massey Energy-owned mine. It… Read More

The U.S. Capitol

Ohio Valley Communities Wait For Guidance On COVID Funds

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — The American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11 provided the nation with a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus, including funds to state and local governments, but local officials around the Ohio Valley say they aren’t yet sure just how the money can be applied…. Read More

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., left, and wife Gayle Conelly Manchin arrive for a State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington.

Biden Picks Gayle Manchin, Wife Of WV Senator, For Appalachian Regional Commission

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President Joe Biden has nominated Gayle Manchin, the wife of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, the White House announced Friday. The commission was created in 1965 as part of an antipoverty effort under President Lyndon Johnson. It serves 420 Appalachian counties across 13 states from southern New York to… Read More

An X-ray image of an Appalachian coal miner with black lung lesions.

Study Shows Bias, Conflicts Of Interest Among Doctors Who Read Black Lung X-rays

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Doctors hired by coal companies in black lung cases are far less likely to diagnose the disease in X-rays than are independent doctors or those who are hired by coal miners, a new study has concluded, pointing to conflicts of interest in the system that sick miners use to receive assistance. The doctors who worked… Read More

Miners assemble on railroad tracks to block a shipment of coal from a Blackjewel mine.

Blackjewel Bankruptcy Leaves Damaged Lands, Miners’ Compensation In Limbo

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — The Blackjewel bankruptcy case has been ongoing since the summer of 2019 when Blackjewel, LLC abruptly collapsed, leaving over 2,000 miners in Wyoming, Kentucky and West Virginia without their jobs, their benefits, or their final paychecks. In protest, Kentucky miners spent much of that summer camped on the railroad tracks to… Read More

Prison Bars

Prisoners And The Pandemic: A Year Into COVID, Crowded Jails Fuel Infections In Ohio Valley

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — When the first coronavirus cases were reported last year, Warren County, Kentucky, Jailer Stephen Harmon knew there was going to be a COVID-19 outbreak in his jail. It was just a matter of when. “We tried our best to keep it from happening,” he said. “However with this many people… Read More

Piles of coal

Coal Mine Safety Regulators Issue COVID Protection Guidelines, But No Regulations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday stronger coronavirus safety guidance intended to keep coal miners safe from COVID-19 in the workplace. However, the Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration stopped short of issuing an emergency standard — as the mine workers’ union had requested — and instead kept to… Read More

A union miner at the rally for pension protection.

Biden’s COVID-19 Bill Championed As A Boon For Failing Ohio Valley Pensions

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Major unions and one of their leading allies in the U.S. Senate are hailing tens of billions of dollars allocated for shoring up struggling union pension funds. The funding added to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, dubbed the Butch-Lewis Act, would provide $86 billion to dozens of failing… Read More

The view looking down Kentucky Route 135, going through Tolu, Kentucky.

As Lawmakers Prioritize Broadband, Rural Communities Wonder When It Will Reach Them

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TOLU, Ky. (OVR) — As Barkley Hughes and I rumbled around in his red utility vehicle last month, memories slowly unwound about his western Kentucky hometown. Tolu, a historic Ohio River-bound community of less than a hundred, only makes up a few blocks before opening up into rolling farmland. Hughes openly admits it’s not near… Read More

Vaccination clinic at Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington.

Vaccine Experts Answer Your Questions About Pfizer, Moderna And Johnson & Johnson Vaccines


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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — More than 2.5 million people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfzier COVID-19 vaccines. Little by little, states have received more vaccine doses, but the national supply remains low. However, more promise is on the horizon as the U.S…. Read More

Clendenin, WV faced intense rainfall that led to deadly flooding in June 2016.

Climate Change Increases Flooding Risk For Some 230,000 Ohio Valley Homes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — A new analysis of flooding risk that accounts for the effects of climate change finds many more homes in Appalachian communities in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are at risk of flooding than the federal government’s emergency managers have indicated. In 12 Appalachian counties in the region, at least half of… Read More

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Here Comes The Sun: Solar Moves In, And A Farm Community Wonders About Its Future

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in central Kentucky’s Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales. In her social media video from early September, Adreanna Wills points out white signs in yards along the… 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

President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington.

Ohio Valley Economists Weigh In On Biden’s Recovery Plan

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to cripple the economy in the Ohio Valley and President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are pursuing his plan for economic recovery. Biden’s economic priorities include raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, forgiving student loan debt, and undoing some Trump-era tax cuts. But Biden’s… 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

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Ohio Valley Natural Gas Counties Get Small Piece Of National Economic Pie

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — An analysis of natural gas production in the Ohio Valley finds that the biggest gas producing counties in the region suffered economically over the past decade compared to the rest of the country, although natural gas production was high. The report released Wednesday by the Ohio River Valley Institute, a nonprofit… Read More

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Regina LaBelle.

Addiction In The Pandemic: An Interview With White House Leader On Drug Control Policy

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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released drug overdose death data last December, it warned about the impacts the ongoing pandemic has had on the addiction crisis. “The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard,” CDC Director Dr. Robert… Read More

2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment adjusted its in-person services in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addiction In The Pandemic: Staying In Treatment While Staying COVID Safe

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — Since 2012, the 2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment has served people in Lexington, Kentucky. The office sits on a busy street on the city’s north side. Similar to the heavy traffic that passes by, clients seeking treatment for substance and opioid use disorders steadily stream in and out of the… Read More

Opioid Epidemic graphic

Ohio Valley States Will Reap $45M From Opioid Suit Settlement With McKinsey Consulting

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LOUSIVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia will collectively receive roughly $45 million as part of settlement agreements announced Thursday resolving lawsuits against consulting giant McKinsey & Company related to the opioid epidemic. States had sued McKinsey because the company had advised opioid medication makers and distributors for several years during the height… 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

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

Addiction In The Pandemic: Overdose Deaths Surge As Coronavirus Adds To Opioid Crisis

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Terrance D. has been sober for more than 15 years and Narcotics Anonymous has been a big part of his recovery. He uses a pseudonym when speaking publicly about addiction and his work with NA. Terrance said the bonds the group has formed are very important, and they were forged through… Read More

President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington.

Biden Has An Ambitious Agenda. What Will It Mean For The Ohio Valley?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — After an extraordinary inauguration ceremony marked by heightened security and coronavirus safety measures, President Joe Biden started his first day in office signing executive actions on climate change, immigration, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before taking the oath of office, Biden was already addressing the nation about his ambitious plans to… Read More

Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Deanna Ashby received a vaccine earlier this month.

With COVID Vaccinations Underway, Some Frontline Workers Are Hesitant To Receive It

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — More than 969,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to long-term care workers, teachers, and additional frontline health care workers around the Ohio Valley.  But  a surprising number of workers in some key sectors are hesitant or are refusing to get a shot, including some rural school staff in Kentucky,… 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