Ohio Valley ReSource

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President Donald Trump last week told the Department of Energy to “prepare immediate steps” to stop the closures of coal and nuclear power plants in the Ohio Valley region that are no longer economical to operate.

Bruce Parsons, KVEC

The coal industry in Appalachia has suffered from disruptive competition such as hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Now, some students in the economically struggling coalfields hope to take part in another disruptive industry: drone aircraft. As part of the series, Changing Course, Benny Becker explains how building and racing drones could help an aerospace industry take off.

Becca Schimmel

The Trump administration has made good on a promise to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on some major U.S. trading partners, including the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

courtesy of Kimberly Shatney

Kimberly Shatney lives just outside Pine Grove, West Virginia, an incorporated town of about 500 people with a big problem. Behind a small sandwich shop in town, she points to the ground caked with what looks like dry mud.

Brittany Patterson | Ohio Valley ReSource

A coalition of conservation groups is suing the Trump administration over changes to a hundred-year-old law protecting migrating birds. Late last year, the administration announced a seemingly minor change to just two words in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As Brittany Patterson of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports, those two little words have big implications for thousands of birds that migrate over the Ohio Valley.

Aaron Payne

Addiction specialists say recovery is not the same for any two people. And organizations around the Ohio Valley, which has the nation’s highest rates of addiction, are trying to offer a range of programs to meet the needs. Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Aaron Payne looks at one such program that tries to tap into a person’s green thumb.

Lung Transplants Rise Amid Region’s Black Lung Epidemic

May 17, 2018
Courtesy Jerry Helton

The Appalachian coalfields are in the midst of an epidemic of severe black lung disease. The debilitating and even deadly disease has recently begun to affect miners as young as 30.

Gage Skidmore, Flickr Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito pressed the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday over recently released emails that show White House and EPA officials attempted to delay a new federal standard for C-8 and other similar toxic water-polluting chemicals, which have for decades been detected in several water systems in the Ohio Valley.

Wendy Wasserman, ARC

Not long after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky squared off with President Trump over funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, the ARC has a new federal co-chair with strong ties to McConnell.

Photo: Glynis Board

Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley.

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