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Justice Delayed: Billionaire Candidate’s Coal Companies Owe $15M in Taxes, Fines

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The Democratic candidate for governor in West Virginia has never held public office. Jim Justice is instead running on his record as a businessman. He runs coal mines, farms, and a luxury resort, and according to Forbes, he’s also the wealthiest person in the state, worth $1.56 billion. A review of records by NPR and… Read More

New Kentucky Home: From Battle Zone Refugee To Business Owner

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The international refugee crisis caused by people fleeing the war-torn Middle East has been a high-profile issue in the presidential campaign. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton told CBS’s “Face the Nation” last year that “the U.S. has to do more” to meet what she called the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII. Republican opponent… Read More

Fossil Feud: W.Va.’s Attorney General Defends Coal In National Spotlight


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The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants. The challengers include 27 state attorneys general. One in particular, West… Read More

Opioid High: Students Face A Different Kind of Test

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It’s not just about notebooks and pencil boxes anymore: the opioid epidemic means back-to-school supplies now include things like emergency overdose treatments and drug prevention plans. Many schools in the Ohio Valley region are using random drug testing despite doubts from addiction treatment experts about whether the tests really work to deter abuse. A Tragedy,… Read More

Mountains Of Evidence: Questions About Coal’s Most Controversial Practice May Finally Be Answered

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The prestigious National Academy of Sciences recently announced a comprehensive study on the health effects of the controversial coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal. For coalfield residents who have long questioned what impact the dust, blasting, chemicals and water contamination was having, the announcement comes as welcome news, if somewhat overdue.   A decade… Read More

Grazing In The Grass: An Old-Fashioned Idea Holds New Promise For Sustainable Farming

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On 120 acres in Marion, Kentucky, small-scale farmer Joseph Mast is taking an innovative approach to provide for his growing family of nine. Mast belongs to an Amish community and is reluctant when it comes to media. He makes a concession, however, when the conversation involves sustainable farming. “I’ll talk grass any day,” said Mast…. Read More

Trading Places: Neighboring Companies On Opposing Sides Of Free Trade Debate

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Trade has emerged as a potent issue this election season, with the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a flash point in the political debate. The stakes are high for the Ohio Valley region, where thousands of workers and billions of dollars in goods could be affected by the outcome of this trade agreement. To learn… Read More

Study Finds Widespread Contamination of Ohio Valley Drinking Water

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A study of drinking water systems found 6 million Americans, including people in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, are living with drinking water containing chemicals linked to a host of health problems. The Harvard Chan School of Public Health published research in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters that delves into thousands of drinking… Read More

Going To The MAT: Government And Science Back Medication Assisted Treatment Of Addiction

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For those working daily to treat addiction tied to the opioid epidemic in the Ohio Valley, resources have been limited. Beginning this week doctors will have a little more to work with. The federal government will allow doctors to treat more patients with buprenorphine, a medication that can help ease people away from addiction. While… Read More