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Trump Takes Enforcement Approach To Opioid Crisis

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President Donald Trump addressed the opioid crisis affecting the Ohio Valley region in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. “We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge,” he said. “My administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping… 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

Trump Renews Opioid Emergency: Democrats Want More Funding For Crisis

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The Trump administration has extended its public health emergency on the opioid crisis. The move came just days before the original declaration signed in October was set to expire. Acting Health And Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan signed an order Friday to extend the public health emergency for another 90 days. In a post on the agency’s… Read More

Trump’s First Year Leaves Obamacare on Life Support in Ohio Valley

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Remember the American Health Care Act, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or the Obamacare Repeal and Reconciliation Act? They were among the many Congressional proposals to end the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. If 2017 was the year of endless Obamacare debates, 2018 could be the year when we see the effects on… Read More

Trump Brought Attention But Little Money To Counter Opioid Crisis


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Donald Trump told supporters on the campaign trail his plan to combat the opioid crisis. It included stopping the flow of drugs into the country, increase the penalties for drug trafficking, and make treatment more accessible. “We will give people struggling with addiction access to the help they need,” then-candidate Trump said. In the first year of… Read More

Miner Change: Trump’s Big Talk On Coal Brings Small Change in First Year

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Donald Trump loves coal. He campaigned on a promise to put miners back to work and his first year in office included numerous Ohio Valley visits to highlight coal’s importance. “I love our coal miners and they’re coming back strong!” Trump said to a roaring crowd at an August rally in Huntington, West Virginia. At a March rally in… Read More

Changing Course: Federal Grant Fills Gaps In Rural School Funding

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A group of students from South Floyd Middle School had seen the nearby elementary school suffer damage from floods year after year. When they joined the school’s newly formed engineering team, they came up with a low-cost solution. “We’ve designed portable flood levees,” team member Preston Crase explained. The plastic bins are filled with a mixture… Read More

Restricted Right: Ohio Valley Women Face Abortion Barriers

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A small gaggle of reporters points their microphones at reproductive rights activist Marcie Crim as she bluntly decries  the shrinking access to abortion in the region. Crim stands just a few feet from the open door of the office of Governor Matt Bevin near the Capitol rotunda. Crim and Bevin may be physically close in… Read More

Analysis Shows Toxic Sites In Flood Zone

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The Ohio Valley has long been home to some of the dirtiest industries in the nation. Coal, plastics, and chemical plants and their waste sites dot our river valleys. Even those no longer operational leave their legacy in the soil and water. Distler Farm sits on the outskirts of Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Its pastoral… Read More