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Norton City Manager Fred Ramey poses at Flag Rock Recreation Area.

The Coal Town Betting Big On Outdoor Recreation

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Standing on the breezy outlook at Flag Rock Recreation Area, Norton City Manager Fred Ramey is taking in the panoramic view of downtown Norton, Virginia. The brick building-lined streets are framed by the verdant, rolling Appalachian mountains. Jagged, brown scars from mountaintop mining operations can be seen in the distance, reminders of the region’s history… Read More

The classified section of a newspaper. Someone has circled some job postings with a red marker.

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in August

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.4% last month. The preliminary figure is up from the 4.3% rate in July. Last month’s rate was unchanged from the statewide jobless rate in August 2018…. Read More

Powering Down: Ohio Community Reckons With Coal Plant Closure

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Brick buildings line the wide sidewalks of Main Street in downtown Coshocton, Ohio. On a recent spring day the dogwood trees are blooming. Bright red and white tulips dot the grassy public square, home to the local courthouse and a gazebo. There are barber shops, an optometrist, a florist, a railroad-themed steakhouse is open for… Read More

New ARC Grants Combine Economic Recovery And Addiction Recovery

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The Appalachian Regional Commission announced Thursday another $22.8 million in funding to 33 projects aimed at revitalizing economies in places affected by the decline in the coal industry. The awards are the latest in the ARC’s POWER Initiative, an acronym for Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. Congress has funded the initiative for four years specifically… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

W.Va. Tax Collections Above Estimates For 9th Straight Month

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia revenue collections have surpassed tax estimates for nine consecutive months. Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that collections in December were $44.8 million above estimates. That pushes year-to-date collections to $186 million above estimates. Justice has projected the surplus will grow to $300 million by the end of the fiscal… Read More

Jim Justice

West Virginia Governor: November Revenue Far Above Estimates

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says state revenue collections have surpassed tax estimates for eight consecutive months. Justice announced Tuesday that collections in November were $18.8 million above estimates. That pushes year-to-date collections to $141 million above estimates and 13.2 percent ahead of year-ago receipts. Justice calls it “spectacular news” and… Read More

Workers at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio put the final touches on Chevy Cobalts.

Ohio’s Leaders React To News Of GM’s Decision To Close The Lordstown Auto Assembly Plant

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News that GM will be idling its Lordstown factory on March 1st is prompting Ohio’s leaders to issue angry statements in news releases and on social media. John Kasich said he’ll work with GM’s leaders to see if anything can be done to save the plant and if not. The estimated 2500 employees will be directed… Read More