OVR Begins 'One Year under Trump' Series

Jan 15, 2018

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, 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.

We also hear from StateImpact Pennsylvania about Martin Luther King’s legacy, which goes beyond the civil rights movement and fighting racial injustice. King is also considered the founding father of environmental justice. That’s the idea that everyone has the same right to be protected from pollution.

But the Trump administration is threatening that legacy. The cuts proposed to the Environmental Protection Agency eliminate the Office of Environmental Justice and grants designed to protect communities of color and low-income residents from getting sick due to environmental exposures.