U.S. Agriculture Secretary to visit Y-city

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The Associated Press says President Barack Obama is dispatching top administration officials and cabinet members on a rural tour this summer to explore ways to strengthen rural America.

The tour starts Wednesday in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania where Vice President Joe Biden, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will discuss rural broadband services.

According to the White House’s official website the tour also includes a stop in Zanesville.

On August 16, Vilsack and Secretary Ken Salazar will discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, while focusing on renewable energies.

Obama says, “A healthy American Economy depends on a prosperous rural America.”

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.