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Revitalizing The Ohio Valley And Breaking An Annual Family Tradition This West Virginia Morning

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On this West Virginia Morning, it’s been a year to break or reinvent traditions due to the coronavirus pandemic. We hear a conversation about the changes one West Virginia family was forced to make to a decades-old tradition. Also, we hear from Huntington Mayor Steve Williams about a plan to revitalize the Ohio Valley region.

Mayors from eight cities in the Ohio Valley, including Pittsburgh, Morgantown, Huntington and Louisville, have joined forces to call for a new effort to revitalize the region. In an essay in the Opinion section of the Washington Post on this week, the group called for a 21st Century version of the World War II-era Marshall Plan. The U.S. aid program helped rebuild Europe after the war.

Now the mayors want to see that type of investment in the Ohio Valley. They are requesting the equivalent of $60 billion a year, over 10 years, in private and public investment and tax breaks. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams was one of the signers of the Washington Post essay. He spoke with Eric Douglas to discuss the group’s ideas.

Thanksgiving week is usually one of the busiest travel times of the year. But this year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the safest way to celebrate is to celebrate at home. Many families are likely to break or reinvent traditions, just as families have been doing because of the pandemic since March. Julie Blackwood’s family has had an annual reunion in West Virginia for more than 70 years. But this year, her family decided to break the tradition in order to stay safe from the coronavirus. On the latest episode of Us & Them, host Trey Kay talks with his friend Julie Blackwood about what it’s like and how to endure through the changing times.

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