Soy Vey! Ohio Valley Farmers Caught Up in Trade War

Apr 5, 2018
Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

 

China buys more than half of the soybeans produced in the Ohio Valley. While a new 25 percent tariff is just a threat from the region's largest buyer, the signs of a trade war between President Trump’s tariff list and China’s has farmers caught in its crosshairs. This all comes as the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visits the region this week.

Each morning Davie Stevens wakes up to check commodities online, Wednesday morning was no different, except the market price of soybeans had dropped almost 40 cents.

“At a projected crop of 4.3 billions bushels of soybeans this year. Soybean farmers by overnight have lost 1.72 billion in value. So is it a big deal? It's a huge deal.”

 


FDA Weighs Pros and Cons of Vape Flavors

Apr 5, 2018
Vaping.com

In 2014, about one in four teens nationwide reported smoking an e-cigarette, which are lauded y the vaping industry as a safer alternative to cigarettes. But the Food ad Drug Administration is looking at potentially limiting or banning of these e-cigarette flavors.

For exaple, something called Cutwood that has hints of Golden Honey Graham cereal, roasted nut clusters creamy milk and sliced bananas.

Bureau of Prisons

The Bureau of Prisons has issued a record of decision signaling that it is moving ahead with plans to build a federal prison on the site of a former strip mine in the hills of Letcher County, Kentucky. But local opponents of the prison say they’re not giving up and are considering a legal challenge to prevent the construction of a new prison.

Stu Johnson

The April tradition that is the Keeneland Spring Meet starts this weekend in Lexington.  It may begin under brisk, if not downright, chilly conditions.

wkms.org

Retiring Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King was honored Monday by the general assembly.  The recognition came the same time as a massive outcry when educators from across the state crammed into the state capitol to protest pension reforms.

CNN

In part two of our conversation with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kevin Willis of member station WKYU asked the Louisville Republican what he thought of this week’s news that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have talked about a face-to-face meeting.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he’s not opposed to President Trump meeting face-to-face with his Russian counterpart.

The White House has confirmed that Trump and Vladimir Putin recently spoke about a possible bi-lateral meeting.

Bill Monroe Museum Coming to Ohio County

Apr 4, 2018
NPR.Org

The town of Rosine  in Ohio County finally has its own museum honoring native son Bill Monroe, who’s known as “The Father of Bluegrass.”

The community opening of the museum is scheduled for April 20th.

Memorabilia that’s long been in storage will now be on display for the public, including a couple of Monroe’s mandolins.

In addition, a banjo that belonged Rudy Lyle, one of the members of Monroe's band “The Bluegrass Boys" will be in the museum, along with other instruments, and an extensive collection of awards and photos.


A study by a Campbellsville University professor finds Kentucky has a lack of standardized programs aimed at helping former inmates re-enter society.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections released more than 12-hundred inmates in 2017. According to the report, two-thirds of those inmates will be rearrested within three years.

kyhealthnews.blogsmith.com

The CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has a mixed reaction to the just approved cigarette tax increase in Frankfort.

  Ben Chandler and other health advocates had been pushing lawmakers to raise the per pack tax on cigarettes by one dollar.  “We think it was a missed opportunity because they’re not going to get the health benefits they would have gotten had they added a dollar on to the tax.  But, that being said, it is a historic tax increase here in Kentucky on a pack of cigarettes,” said Chandler.

Cheri Lawson

Women are leading the way in fields that for years were dominated by men. In the first of our series. “Women Leading the Way”  we feature  Toyota Motor Manufacturing  Kentucky's first female President, Susan Elkington.

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Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

Billy Hobby’s days are largely filled by two things: church and pool.

“I play everyday, mostly,” Hobby said, sitting next to his wife, Barbara.

“Well, I enjoy watching him play,” Barbara Hobby said. “He’s got health problems, can’t go out of town and play all the time.”

 

 

Billy and Barbara were in Cadiz, Kentucky, about 20 miles from their home in Princeton so that the 86-year-old pool player could compete in a weekly tournament.

Trump Visits West Virginia Hints at Utility Bailout

Apr 5, 2018
Associate Press

President Donald Trump today visited West Virginia for a roundtable discussion on the recently-passed tax bill. The president also indicated the administration is looking closely at a recent emergency request made by regional electric utility FirstEnergy.  

Trump told a crowd in White Sulphur Springs he is looking closely at a request by the Ohio-based utility for emergency aid to keep its struggling coal and nuclear plants running.


Soy Vey! Ohio Valley Farmers Caught Up in Trade War

Apr 5, 2018
Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

 

China buys more than half of the soybeans produced in the Ohio Valley. While a new 25 percent tariff is just a threat from the region's largest buyer, the signs of a trade war between President Trump’s tariff list and China’s has farmers caught in its crosshairs. This all comes as the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visits the region this week.

Each morning Davie Stevens wakes up to check commodities online, Wednesday morning was no different, except the market price of soybeans had dropped almost 40 cents.

“At a projected crop of 4.3 billions bushels of soybeans this year. Soybean farmers by overnight have lost 1.72 billion in value. So is it a big deal? It's a huge deal.”

 


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