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People wait to ride a revolving swing at the Perry State Fair in New Lexington, Ohio, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the towns that speckle the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, the pandemic has barely been felt. Coronavirus deaths and racial protests _ events that have defined 2020 nationwide _ are mostly just images on TV from a distant America. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

In Appalachia, people watch COVID-19, race issues from afar

Oct. 1, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

BUCHTEL, Ohio (AP) — The water, so cold that it nearly hurts, spills relentlessly into a concrete trough from three pipes driven into a hillside near the edge of town. People have been coming to the trough for at least a century, since horses were watered here and coal miners stopped by to wash off the...

Appalachian State student dies following COVID complications

Sep. 30, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina system reported its first coronavirus-related student death on Tuesday since several campuses reopened with at least partial in-person learning last month. Chad Dorrill, a 19-year student at Appalachian State University who lived off campus in Boone and...

Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

UP lawmaker infected with coronavirus, says he is recovering

Sep. 29, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) — A state lawmaker from the western Upper Peninsula said he tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday and was isolating at home. Rep. Beau LaFave, an Iron Mountain Republican, issued a Facebook post saying the worst of his symptoms came and went over the weekend. “I'm...

Duluth City Council approves 2nd bailout for Spirit Mountain

Sep. 29, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council has approved a second bailout of financially struggling Spirit Mountain ski hill. The council agreed Monday night to give Spirit Mountain $300,000 on top of $235,000 that was approved in December. The latest infusion will come from tourism tax dollars...

University of Hawaii proposes teaching telescope on mountain

Sep. 29, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii has proposed installing a teaching telescope on the state's highest mountain and is seeking public input on the project. The university plans to solicit public comment on the plan for the telescope on Mauna Kea, the site of a months long protest against the...

Environmental groups challenge Mountain Valley permits

Sep. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a challenge against permits that were recently issued to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Roanoke Times reported Monday that a petition was filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. The Sierra Club and seven other environmental...

Busy New Hampshire hiking trails prompts warning

Sep. 28, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's hiking trails are packed and officials are urging people to be prepared when they venture onto the trails in the White Mountains and elsewhere as more calls have come in for help. “They’re definitely on the increase,” Lt. Adam Cheney of New...

Man dies after cardiac event in Great Smoky Mountains Park

Sep. 28, 2020 3:48 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who died after experiencing cardiac distress in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Zachary Brown, 26, of Portland, Tennessee, was discovered by park rangers at around 2 p.m. Friday along a road near Crib Gap, officials said Saturday. Brown was...

Hiker dies after falling from waterfall in White Mountains

Sep. 27, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

LIVERMORE, N.H. (AP) — A hiker was killed Saturday after falling from a waterfall in the White Mountains, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The man had been hiking with two friends but went ahead to follow a trail to the top of Arethusa Falls, the department said. When his friends...