How the Government Hid Fracking’s Risk to Drinking Water

The "Halliburton loophole" exempts oil and gas companies from having to answer to the Clean Water Act for the chemicals they use for fracking. A new report says the government covered up scientists' doubts about studies that claimed the chemicals were not harmful to groundwater.... READ MORE

Orange City, Iowa: Profiles in Prosperity

The nation's quintessentially urban magazine profiles a thriving small town in the Midwest. Because of "community effects" that increase poor children's future earnings, the New Yorker's choice of Orange City, Iowa, is an even better than they might realize.... READ MORE

While Lower in Health Rankings, Rural Counties Still Have Advantages

The annual County Health Rankings show that smaller communities are more likely to score near the bottom of the pack in certain health measurements. But small communities’ personal relationships and informal structures can be a strength when it comes to working on health policy, says a community health organizer.... READ MORE

Rural Food-Stamp Usage Holds Steady While National Rate Declines

The percentage of households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been declining since 2012. But from 2015 to 2016, rural households saw no significant decrease while cities and suburbs did.... READ MORE

Can Telemedicine Help Rural Opioid Crisis?

Progress in rural treatment options could have wide benefits for other underserved populations. But many challenges remain.... READ MORE

An Aging Population Contributes to Decline in Number of Rural Veterans

The number of veterans living in rural America fell by about 25 percent in the last 10 years. As older generations pass on, military personnel who served in the post-9/11 era make up a larger share of the veteran population.... READ MORE

If Virginia Is the Surrogate for a National Referendum, Not Much Has Changed

Between the narrow margins and the wide structural differences between the 2016 presidential race and the 2017 gubernatorial race, Virginia may not tell us much about whether things have changed in the last year. But that’s not going to stop a lot of folks – including us – from trying.... READ MORE

GOP’s Rural Numbers in Virginia Slip Only Slightly from 2016

Democrat Ralph Northam built his 9-point victory with slight gains over Clinton’s 2016 presidential performance. But rural Virginia is more Republican today than it was during the last governor’s race of 2013.... READ MORE

A Coal Boss’ Voter Education Campaign

In 2012 the coal industry waged war against the Obama administration over energy and environmental policy. Down by the Green River where Paradise lay, the message came through loud and clear.... READ MORE


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