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KY, WV Move to Weaken Mine Safety Rules

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Lawmakers in both Kentucky and West Virginia are working to loosen mine safety regulations, alarming some mine safety experts. Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill that reduces the number of underground mine inspections. Similar legislation is pending in West Virginia’s Senate but with more substantial changes. Under that bill, the state’s mining inspection system would move… Read More

After Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act And One Woman’s Struggle For Sobriety

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Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after… Read More

After Obamacare: Ending Affordable Care Act Could Cut Addiction Treatment

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Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after… Read More

After Obamacare: Thousands Of Jobs Hinge On Affordable Care Act Decisions

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Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after… Read More

After Obamacare: Rural Health Providers Nervous About Affordable Care Act Repeal

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Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after… Read More

Labor Movement: Will ‘Right-To-Work’ States Attract More Businesses?

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The Ohio Valley region once helped give rise to the labor movement. Now it’s shifting toward what’s known as right-to-work law. West Virginia and Kentucky have passed right-to-work laws and Ohio is considering a similar bill. One of the big selling points for right-to-work proponents is that the law can attract new businesses. But opponents… Read More

DuPont Offers $670M Settlement For “Teflon” Chemical Contamination Of Water

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The chemical giant DuPont made an offer Monday to pay more than half-a-billion dollars to settle water contamination lawsuits pending in federal court. 3,550 plaintiffs from the mid-Ohio Valley filed suit claiming contaminated drinking water led to diseases linked to chemical exposure. The chemical they were exposed to is known as C-8, or PFOA, and… Read More

Born Addicted: The Race To Treat The Ohio Valley’s Drug-Affected Babies

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She asked to not be identified. And it’s understandable given the stigma attached to addiction. For this story, we’ll call her “Mary.” Mary lives in eastern Kentucky and has struggled with an addiction that began with painkillers and progressed to heroin. “As soon as I opened my eyes, I had to get it,” Mary said…. Read More

Troubled Waters: A Coalfield County Loses Trust In Water And Government

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On any given day in Martin County, Kentucky, the water system loses more water to leaks than it delivers to paying customers through their faucets. The water system is under a state investigation for the third time since 2002. Customers complain of frequent service interruptions and discolored water, and their bills come with a notice… Read More