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Mind The Gap: Why The ‘Wage Gap’ Still Divides Us On Payday

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McKenzie Cantrell is an employment lawyer affiliated with the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, in Lexington, Kentucky, where she works with low-income refugees and immigrants to uncover instances of wage theft and income disparities. She travels and gives presentations about employment law, wage theft and what workers’ options are if they have problems with compensation. “Sometimes… Read More

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Free Trade And Food: Farmers Grow Nervous About NAFTA’s Future

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Farmers in the Ohio Valley are waiting to see how President Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department might affect their fortunes. Concerns over trade have held up a confirmation vote for nominee Sonny Perdue, and trade is also on the minds of regional growers. Farmers here have been big winners under the North American… Read More

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Black Lung Update: Federal Researchers Seek Allies In Appalachia

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Federal health researchers are visiting health clinics and medical schools in the Appalachian coalfields to recruit allies to fight a resurgence of black lung disease. The worst form of the disease may affect as many as 5 percent of experienced working miners in the region, and the researchers fear that rate could be even higher… Read More

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Revenue Stream: How An Environmental Law Creates Jobs In Coal Country

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When President Donald Trump visited Kentucky for a recent rally he returned to a common theme from his campaign: environmental regulations are job-killers. “I have already eliminated a devastating anti-coal regulation,” he said, referring to a measure he recently signed overturning a Department of Interior stream protection rule. “And that is just the beginning,” the… Read More

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Defunding Appalachia: Coal Communities Resist President’s Budget Cuts

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Danny Ferguson didn’t like what he saw happening in Lincoln County, West Virginia, where he grew up. The downturn in the coal industry had hit hard, and young people had few job options beyond some fast food places. “We don’t have nothing else for them to be employed,” Ferguson said. “Lincoln County is in bad… Read More

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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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KY, WV Move to Weaken Mine Safety Rules

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Lawmakers in both Kentucky and West Virginia are working to loosen mine safety regulations, alarming some mine safety experts. Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill that reduces the number of underground mine inspections. Similar legislation is pending in West Virginia’s Senate but with more substantial changes. Under that bill, the state’s mining inspection system would move… Read More

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After Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act And One Woman’s Struggle For Sobriety

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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