Black lung screenings encouraged as cases rise
ATHENS, OHIO — Josh Wilson walked up the small metal steps with his heavy, paint-spattered work boots. The Pomeroy native has been a coal miner for a decade, but hasn't worked for the last four months. He is only 38 but hack coughs like an old man — shaking his whole body. His kidneys recently failed, landing him in the hospital. And now he's having trouble breathing. "Especially at night," Wilson said.