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Ross Reviewed: Trump’s Choice For Commerce Left Mixed Legacy In Ohio Valley

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The billionaire Wilbur Ross is headed for Senate confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Commerce. Ross made it to ultra-rich status in part by salvaging coal and steel assets in Appalachia and the Rust Belt. His business dealings leave a mixed legacy in the Ohio Valley region, from… Read More

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Picturing The Future: A Coal Community’s Comeback

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Can a photograph help a community grow? One photographer is shedding some light on ongoing efforts in a region looking for some new ways to sustain itself. Rebecca Kiger is a documentary and portrait photographer raised in West Virginia. The images she captures are often exceptionally emotionally evocative. She says it takes a lot of… Read More

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CASA: Caring For Kids Caught In The Addiction Crisis


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W The Ohio Valley’s opioid epidemic has effects far beyond the individuals struggling through addiction, with families and children suffering as well. An organization that helps children in abuse cases now sees substance abuse as a leading contributor, and could be overwhelmed by the addiction crisis. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children —CASA for short—… 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

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Growing Concerns: Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric Sows Anxiety In Agriculture

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On Nelson Key Road in Murray, Kentucky, lies a 30-acre tobacco farm and there sits the road’s namesake, Nelson Key himself. He’s just at the end of this year’s harvest, which was brought in with the help of migrant workers. “I used American workers up until 1991 then I went to the migrant workers and… Read More

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Mind Over Platter: Mindful Eating Might Trim Region’s Obesity

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Candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Those are the four basic food groups according to Buddy the Elf. And this time of year, the gluttonous season, it seems like he is onto something. But researchers say that mindful eating –choosing quality over quantity and savoring your meals instead of, say, plowing through another pint… 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