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Little River, Big Ideas: Farming Group Wades Into Clean Water Issues

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In the rich land of Christian County, wheat is milled for McDonald’s biscuits, corn is turned into ethanol, and grazing cows support the state’s leading dairy. This is Kentucky’s breadbasket, and a river runs through it: the South Fork of Little River. Second-generation farmer David Brame grows a little bit of everything here, including corn… Read More

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis Emergency: Ohio Valley Reacts

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Days after sending mixed signals on his response to the nation’s opioid crisis, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he plans to declare a national emergency to better address the epidemic. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” the president said,… Read More

In The Pipeline: New Commission Members To Take Up Energy Projects

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Big-ticket gas pipelines and other energy projects pending in the Ohio Valley have largely been in limbo because the federal body that issues important permits had too many empty seats. Those projects in the pipeline of the federal process could soon move forward with the confirmation of two Republicans nominated by President Donald Trump to… Read More

Data Fix: Cities Seek Better Information On Opioid Epidemic

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Paramedics and police are already in the hotel room when Kyle Simpson walks in. “What happened?” he asks. A 37-year-old man in the room is barely conscious–just revived by the overdose reversal medication NARCAN. Law enforcement officers survey the scene. They’ve found more heroin “rocks” on a table. One officer interviews a crying woman who… Read More

Memory Sunday: Churches Spread Alzheimer’s Awareness

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The church choir in bright blue robes swayed and testified on a hot summer Sunday. Pastor Anthony Everett, in his own robe of orange and brown, preached to his “saints” of Wesley United Methodist Church and they called back their approval with a staggered chorus of “Amen!” But this Sunday, Memory Sunday, was different. Half… Read More

Considering Compassion: The Science Behind The Ohio Valley’s “Compassionate Cities”

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Many towns and cities across the Ohio Valley try to improve their business environment with tax breaks, site development, and other incentives. But how about investing in compassion? A growing body of science points to compassion as an economic driver and more businesses and cities around the region are willing to give compassion a chance…. Read More

Report Reveals Contaminants In “Legal” Water

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An environmental group’s new report shows a broad range of contaminants occur in many drinking water systems in the Ohio Valley, even though the water meets federal requirements. The research highlights the gap between what regulations require and what many scientists and health advocates recommend for safe drinking water. The Environmental Working Group compiled the… Read More

Country Connection: Rural Residents Ask FCC To Improve Internet Access

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More than two million people across the Ohio Valley live in areas that lack any optionfor fast and reliable internet service. This week some of them had a chance to tell a member of the Federal Communications Commission what that means for their work, studies, and everyday life. The Appalachian Connectivity Summit in Marietta, Ohio, explored possible local… Read More

Paradise Cost: Coal, Natural Gas, And The True Price Of Power

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Thanks to singer-songwriter John Prine, Paradise Fossil Plant might be the only coal-fired power plant that has a household name. “Paradise,” Prine’s 1971 ballad, drew on boyhood memories from the small town of Paradise, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, to relay the environmental and social costs of our dependence on coal. “Mr. Peabody’s coal train,” he… Read More

Steely Ban: Ohio Valley Steel Makers Await Trump Import Decision

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Steel makers and manufacturers around the Ohio Valley are waiting for a report from the Trump administration that could trigger higher tariffs on imported steel and bring mixed results for a region that still has strong ties to the industry. In the presidential campaign Trump told voters he would place sanctions on steel imports from… Read More