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Reining In Abuse: Lax Laws On Animal Welfare Affect Pets And People

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Suzanna Johnson is an education officer with the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue  in Camner, Kentucky. Johnson is looking after a pregnant horse she rescued recently. “Be good,” she instructs the mare, named CC, and pats her belly. CC is an elderly horse that has been pregnant for 18 of her 21 years. Now she is chowing down on grass,… Read More

Hogwash: Farmers Fear Trump Trade Disputes Are Damaging Ag Markets

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Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contracted barns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products. On a recent July day, Tosh craned over some 1,200 piglets and reflected on how recent market disturbances have affected his… Read More

Drowning In Milk: Dairy Farmers Look For Lifelines In Flooded Market

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LaRue County, Kentucky, dairy farmer Gary Rock sits in his milking parlor, overlooking what is left of his 95 cow operation. “Three hundred years of history is something that a lot of people in our country cannot even talk about,” Rock said. That’s how long the farm has been in his family. While the land… Read More

Snookered: Pool Tournament Ban Has Seniors Wondering Who Calls The Shots

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Billy Hobby’s days are largely filled by two things: church and pool. “I play everyday, mostly,” Hobby said, sitting next to his wife, Barbara. “Well, I enjoy watching him play,” Barbara Hobby said. “He’s got health problems, can’t go out of town and play all the time.” Billy and Barbara were in Cadiz, Kentucky, about… Read More

Trade War Fears Have Ohio Valley Soy Growers Nervous

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China buys more than half of the soybeans grown in the Ohio Valley. So China’s threat this week to place a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soy means farmers would be caught in the crosshairs of a trade war. Even though tariffs haven’t taken effect, markets are already showing signs that commodities traders are growing… Read More

Students Push As Lawmakers Ponder Gun Safety Bills

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In a recently released court video, Capt. Matt Hilbrecht of the Marshall County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s office testifies about his interrogation of Gabriel Parker, the 15-year-old accused of a mass shooting at Marshall County High School in January. “We asked him initially when he had the thought of the school shooting,” Hilbrecht begins as he describes the… Read More

Uncertain Status: Immigration Changes Leave Some In Limbo

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With Congress in a heated immigration debate, the Ohio Valley region is adding to its immigration courts. Sources within the Justice Department say Kentucky will have a new immigration court operating in Louisville as soon as April, and Ohio is adding additional judges to handle deportations and other immigration cases. Recent immigration changes and heated… Read More

Feds Deny Poultry Industry Request To Increase Work Speed

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has denied a petition by the National Chicken Council to remove the speed limit on work at some slaughterhouses, a move that food safety advocates are calling a victory for workers and consumers. As the Ohio Valley ReSource reported in October, the National Chicken Council proposal could have increased the line speed for some workers in processing… Read More

Farmers Fond of Trump But Growing Nervous About Trade

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When President Trump spoke to the American Farm Bureau annual convention this month he focused on the regulatory rollbacks and tax cuts that motivated many farmers to help vote him into office. “We are doing a job for you,” Trump told an auditorium filled with farmers. “You’re seeing it like nobody else: regulation, death tax,… Read More