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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

Athens-Based International Travelers Skeptical of Electronics Ban

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ATHENS, Ohio — Some Ohio University faculty and staff affected by the Department of Homeland Security ban on certain onboard electronics are not sure the new rule is about preventing terrorist attacks. Under the new rules, those flying to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Middle Eastern countries are barred from bringing devices larger… Read More

Ross Reviewed: Trump’s Choice For Commerce Left Mixed Legacy In Ohio Valley

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The billionaire Wilbur Ross is headed for Senate confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Commerce. Ross made it to ultra-rich status in part by salvaging coal and steel assets in Appalachia and the Rust Belt. His business dealings leave a mixed legacy in the Ohio Valley region, from… Read More

Trade Under Trump: Business Leaders Skeptical About Big Changes

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During the presidential campaign I visited two regional manufacturing executives who do business in the same county but hold views on trade that are worlds apart. Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect, I asked them and some regional economists how the new administration’s approach to trade might affect the Ohio Valley region. When I… Read More