Appalachian youth (clockwise from top left Caci Gibson, Lou Murrey, Mekyah Davis and Larah Helayne) strategize mutual aid during the coronavirus.
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On March 17, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam banned gatherings of 10 or more people to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Mehyah Davis, 23, was in his second week of a new job waiting tables at the cryptid-inspired Wood Booger Grill in Norton, Va.

President Donald Trump speaks to the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Columbus.
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President Trump's reelection campaign returns to Central Ohio next week. The January 8 event at the Hilton at Easton will feature the president's campaign advisor Lara Trump, and is expected to continue a focus on the economy.

The Ohio River Valley has seen some of the largest jumps in mortality rates among people in midlife — those between ages 25 and 64 — in recent years.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

"It’s a typical mammogram room—if you went to a hospital it would look exactly the same," says mammographer Valerie Rice. "It’s nothing really different, except that it’s in a moving vehicle!"

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University will participate in a major public health initiative aimed at preventing cervical cancer in at-risk Appalachian families across several states. 

Sign outside the former Hocking Correctional Facility
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Hocking Correctional Facility is at the top of a steep hill, surrounded by tall pine trees and the sloping mountains of Appalachia

One in five working coal miners in central Appalachia who have worked at least 25 years now suffer from the coal miners' disease black lung. That's the finding from the latest study tracking an epidemic of the incurable and fatal sickness.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Two-thirds of Appalachia's coal industry jobs have disappeared since the 1990s. Now the region is hoping tourism will help rebuild its economy by tapping into history and its rugged natural beauty.

There are two million people living in the 32 counties that make up Appalachian Ohio. And the voters there could play a key role in determining the nation’s next president. In the final installment in the Statehouse News Bureau’s series featuring voices of voters, people in the heart of Appalachian Ohio talk about the issues and concerns that drive them this election year.

The Music and Culture of Ohiolina

Sep 5, 2013

10:00 First there was Pennsyltucky; now there's Ohiolina-- the festival celebrating the music and culture of the I-77 corridor that runs from Ohio to North Carolina. As it winds through the mountains, the route picks up Appalachian sounds from the banjo, fiddle and guitar. We'll learn about the festival and hear some live music; then we'll investigate why the Carolinas are Ohioans' favorite vacation spot. Guests

11:00 It seems as though drug and alcohol abuse go hand in hand with poverty in America. On this hour, we'll focus on the intersection of drugs, alcohol and poverty in Appalachian Ohio. Guests

A third of the state is categorized as Appalachian Ohio. These 29 counties are home to some of the highest unemployment rates and lowest income earnings in the state. For ten years, a charitable foundation has been working within the region to try to change that.