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Miners’ Message to Trump: Protect Benefits

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President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Louisville got the attention of some retired coal miners in the region. They’re particularly worried about being able to afford health insurance on a new plan. Retired union miners have been traveling to Washington to urge passage of The Miner’s Protection Act, which would secure their health and pension… Read More

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After Obamacare: Thousands Of Jobs Hinge On Affordable Care Act Decisions

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Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after… Read More

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Labor Movement: Will ‘Right-To-Work’ States Attract More Businesses?

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The Ohio Valley region once helped give rise to the labor movement. Now it’s shifting toward what’s known as right-to-work law. West Virginia and Kentucky have passed right-to-work laws and Ohio is considering a similar bill. One of the big selling points for right-to-work proponents is that the law can attract new businesses. But opponents… Read More

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Trade Under Trump: Business Leaders Skeptical About Big Changes

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During the presidential campaign I visited two regional manufacturing executives who do business in the same county but hold views on trade that are worlds apart. Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect, I asked them and some regional economists how the new administration’s approach to trade might affect the Ohio Valley region. When I… Read More

Olmsted is a multi-billion dollar fix for the Ohio, decades in the making. (Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource)

Ripple Effect: The Big-Ticket Fix For The Ohio’s Aging Dams

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A recent breakdown at an Ohio River dam served as a wake-up call about the aging infrastructure that keeps river commerce flowing. The Ohio is one of the country’s busiest working rivers and some navigation controls are approaching the century mark. I went to see these ailing structures and a new multi-billion dollar project in… Read More

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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

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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