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Karen Pence, Trump advisers visit Richmond company

September 18, 2018

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Second Lady Karen Pence and top advisers to President Donald Trump have visited an eastern Indiana company that helps prospective employees struggling with substance abuse.

Pence traveled to Richmond on Tuesday with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Surgeon General Jerome Adams and senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. They visited electronics manufacturer Belden Inc., whose “Pathways to Employment” program allows people who are denied jobs because of failed drug tests to enroll in a treatment program. If they successfully complete their course work and commit to staying off drugs, they will be provided jobs.

The Trump Administration says the program is a “community-based solution” to address the challenge drug addiction has on businesses and communities. Belden employs more than 700 people.

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