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Q&A: OVR Reporter on Black Lung Medical Costs

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, an NPR investigation found that despite mounting evidence, and a stream of dire warnings, federal regulators and mining companies failed to protect coal miners from toxic dust. Now at least 2,000 miners are dying from an epidemic of severe black lung linked to that toxic dust.

This morning, we hear a conversation between Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly and Becca Schimel, one of the reporters with the Ohio Valley ReSource who has followed how the medical costs for black lung may soon fall increasingly to taxpayers.

Also on today’s show, A new study found that almost a fifth of US children and young adults report drinking no water on a given day. And the kids who don’t drink water, consumed nearly twice the calories from sugar sweetened beverages as those with some water intake. Kara Lofton reports.

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