Rural residents are less likely to go in for colonoscopies. Photo via the Rocky Mountain News

Rural Residents Less Likely to Get Colonoscopies

A cancer-screening procedure that can prevent two-thirds of cases of colorectal cancer is significantly less common for rural residents in North and South Carolina, a new study shows.... READ MORE

Tribal flags from various nations are united on the protesting grounds at the Camp of the Sacred Stones near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian reservation. Photo by Latoya Lonelodge

Trahant Reports: Sights and Sounds of Camp Sacred Stone

From “signal hill,” where the cell service is better, to the kitchens and distribution points for food and water, the protesters who stand in the way of a crude-oil pipeline in North Dakota are organized. Politicians should take note. The Standing Rock Sioux and friends are fueled by resolve.... READ MORE

Photo by Lance Booth.

In the Black: Like Evel Knievel On Quaaludes

Bill was a quiet, church-going man with a few stories to tell, like the time he fired his gun, ran from the law, and sped away in his Ford Pinto on a belly-full of drugs.... READ MORE

The Meridean School, along the Chippewa River State Trail near the town of Meridean, Wisconsin. Photo by Jereme Rauckman/Flickr

Speak Your Piece: Where Cooperation Meets Healthcare

Mutual distrust and miscommunication can keep urban and rural healthcare institutions from working together for the good of all. While resentments remain, there are also examples in Wisconsin of how to “build the bridge from each side of the river.”... READ MORE

Trees like these on the banks of the La Moine River in Illinois break up the otherwise flat, treeless landscape of the surrounding farmlands. Photo by Judd McCullum/Flickr

People on the Land: Minor Streams Have Major Impact

Protecting our common heritage of land and water starts at the headwaters with our smallest waterways. We all have something to gain – or lose – if we don’t.... READ MORE


Politics & Elections: Rural-Urban Voters’ False Dichotomy

A recent wave of political stories seeks to explain the “rural” appeal of presidential candidate Donald Trump. But the analysis is marred by a fuzzy and often flat-out wrong definition of rural. Rural voters trend Republican, but in 2014, so did all voters except those in the largest metro areas.... READ MORE

These graphs show the percentage of rural and urban residents who use the Internet broken out by education and income levels. Higher income residents and those with more formal education are more likely to have Internet access at nearly the rate of urban residents. Source: NTIA using NTIA and Census data

Rural-Urban Digital Access Gap Hits Some Subgroups Harder

Lower levels of Internet usage are not uniform across different segments of the rural population. Some rural Americans use the Internet at rates comparable to their urban counterparts, but the rural-urban gap gets more pronounced for those with less education and money.... READ MORE

A rally against Amendment 1, the "right to farm" amendment, held by the group Missouri’s Food for America. Photo by The Missouri Times.

Letter from Langdon: Fixing to Get Agri-Ready

A Missouri campaign to undermine local protection of citizens’ health and safety is being marketed as being friendly to farmers. In reality, the campaign will give the upper hand to corporations over communities.... READ MORE

Photo by Lance Booth.

In the Black: With Chewing Tobacco, It’s Not Easy to Swallow Your Pride

He’ll do anything to fit in with the “real miners.” But does Gary have the guts to pick up a chaw?... READ MORE


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