Ohio Valley ReSource

Jesse Wright, WVPB

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.

J. Tyler Franklin | wfpl.org

A presidential commission on the opioid crisis delivered its first report last week. Among the recommendations: better sharing of data. Health researchers warn that they don’t have some information critical to addressing the deadliest drug crisis in the country’s history. Some efforts are underway in the Ohio Valley to fill some of the gaps.

Memory Sunday: Churches Spread Alzheimer’s Awareness

Aug 2, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

Experts on Alzheimer’s disease say it remains a “silent epidemic” among African-Americans, and that many do not receive the treatment they need. Researchers are joining religious leaders to  use the power of the pulpit to raise awareness.

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

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.

Healthy Debate: What The Republican Health Bill Taught Us About Medicaid

Jul 24, 2017

As the Senate nears a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, some Ohio Valley lawmakers and residents are increasingly uneasy with the potential effects. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are highly dependent on Medicaid, and proposed changes could have bigger effects here than almost anywhere else in the country. The Ohio Valley ReSource has an analysis of how the heated debate has shed light on the region’s health concerns.

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A member of the Federal Communications Commission heard on Tuesday from Ohio Valley residents upset about poor internet service in rural communities. 

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A member of the Federal Communications Commission will visit the Ohio Valley on Tuesday to hear from rural communities who lack broadband internet access.

Glynis Board | Ohio Valley ReSource

  Despite the Trump administration’s support for the coal industry, the power sector is moving toward more use of natural gas. Even the Ohio Valley, where coal has long been king, the switch to gas is underway, with big implications for the region’s economy and environment. Glynis Board reports on two facilities that illustrate the power struggle underway.

Steel Mill, Bob Jagendorf, Flickr Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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.

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

Aircraft manufacturing has a long history in the Ohio Valley region stretching back to the Wright Brothers’ first shop. Today aerospace products are among the area’s top-dollar exports -- the second biggest export for Ohio, and number one for Kentucky. Becca Schimmel visited one aerospace facility in rural Kentucky to learn how the industry has developed, and where it might be heading. 

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