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High Hop(e)s: Craft Brewing Has Farmers Betting On Hops

The acres devoted to growing hops doubled in the U.S. in just the last five years and the trade group Hop Growers of America estimates that 95 percent of that market belongs to farmers along the West Coast. But the craft beer craze is changing the direction for hop farms by generating demand for more locally sourced ingredients, and Ohio Valley farmers like Wes Cole want in on the action.

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  A psychiatric residential treatment facility for children and teens is coming to West Kentucky. The Purchase Youth Village specializes in treating children with autism but will provide a wide-range of care for all mental illnesses at the new Benton-based location.

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An Owensboro area initiative helping to place high school students from refugee families into summer jobs is proving to be more successful than just temporary work. 

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A 60,000 square foot specs building north of Murray is a few months away from completion.

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  Illinois House Republicans say they have narrowed their focus on issues tangential to a budget agreement.

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Senate Republicans have updated their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, attempting to patch a hole that threatened to destabilize the individual insurance market.

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  A pesticide to combat the sugarcane aphid has received emergency exemption status in hopes of protecting Kentucky’s sweet sorghum industry.  Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Commissioner Ryan Quarles issued a crisis declaration to the EPA to rush approval of Sivanto Prime.

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Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins said he hasn't made up his mind whether to run for a sixth term in 2018.

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There will be increased law enforcement monitoring Kentucky waterways this weekend as part of a national campaign to deter impaired boating.

Nicole Erwin / Ohio Valley ReSource

The acres devoted to growing hops doubled in the U.S. in just the last five years and the trade group Hop Growers of America estimates that 95 percent of that market belongs to farmers along the West Coast. But the craft beer craze is changing the direction for hop farms by generating demand for more locally sourced ingredients, and Ohio Valley farmers like Wes Cole want in on the action.

Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some lawmakers are already raising concerns that the bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for everyone else.

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Struggle To Stay: The Personal Stories Behind Population Loss

Rural communities across the Ohio Valley are shrinking as more young people leave to find work, to escape troubles, or to follow dreams. US Census data show West Virginia, for example, losing population faster than almost every other state. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Ohio Valley ReSource are following six young people from the region to get the personal stories behind these population numbers.

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