Ohio Valley ReSource

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

President Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are scheduled to take effect at the end of the week. That’s encouraged some metals manufacturers in the Ohio Valley to ramp up hiring and production. But other regional businesses, from bourbon distillers to soybean farmers worry about retaliation from trade partners. Becca Schimmel of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports on the industries that stand to lose out.

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

In a recently released court video, Capt. Matt Hilbrecht of the Marshall County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s office testifies about his interrogation of Gabriel Parker, the 15-year-old accused of a mass shooting at Marshall County High School in January.

Courtesy White House video.

Donald Trump told supporters on the campaign trail his plan to combat the opioid crisis. It included stopping the flow of drugs into the country, increase the penalties for drug trafficking, and make treatment more accessible.

Still from White House video

President Donald Trump made coal a central theme of his first year in office. So after a year in office, what does his record tell us? The Ohio Valley ReSource series, “One Year, Under Trump,” looks at what the president has done on some of the region’s key issues. As Becca Schimmel reports, despite the coal-heavy rhetoric, the area’s industry has seen only minor change in employment.

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

A rural school collective in eastern Kentucky has received a multimillion dollar extension of a US Department of Education grant. As Benny Becker of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports in the series Changing Course, the federal money helps offset some chronic problems with school funding.

Restricted Right: Ohio Valley Women Face Abortion Barriers

Jan 8, 2018
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

Closing clinics and a wave of legislative restrictions in the past year made it harder for women in the Ohio Valley to get an abortion. Half of Ohio’s clinics have closed. Kentucky and West Virginia each have a single remaining clinic. As Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports advocates for reproductive rights are working to help women overcome the growing barriers.

Courtesy office of Sen. Brown

Retired union coal miners are joining teamsters, iron workers and other union retirees in an effort to shore up their ailing pension plans, and they hope the ticking clock on a government spending bill will help.

Glynis Board | Ohio Valley ReSource

Last month the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt chose an eastern Kentucky mining town as the venue to announce his intent to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule that sought to limit greenhouse gas emissions. On Tuesday the agency returned to coal country to conduct its only public hearing on the matter in Charleston, West Virginia. 

Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

Napoleon famously said that an army marches on its stomach; troops must be fed in order to fight. But what happens when that army faces hunger after marching back home?  

Federal statistics show tens of thousands of U.S. military veterans struggle with homelessness, hunger and food insecurity. As the holiday season approaches, a pilot program in the Ohio Valley aims to serve those who served their country.

Nicole Erwin

Last year, more than a thousand Ohio Valley farmers used a complicated federal visa program to hire some 8,000 foreign workers for seasonal jobs. Farmers say the visa program is too bureaucratic, and a bill before Congress promises to cut red tape. But labor advocates say the bill would strip guest workers of many protections in an industry where wage theft is already a problem.