Review: New Book on Appalachia Takes J.D. Vance Behind the Woodshed

Elizabeth Catte’s What You Are Getting Wrong about Appalachia rebuts the “tired ideas about race and culture” that J.D. Vance peddles in the bestselling Hillbilly Elegy.... READ MORE

Retrial Set for African American City Commissioner Accused of Voter Fraud

Olivia Pearson's 2017 trial in her home county resulted in a hung jury. The new trial, focusing on a single charge instead of four, will be held in a different county after the defense requested a change of venue.... READ MORE

Trump Budget Eliminates ‘Sweat Equity’ and 10 Other Rural Housing Programs

Despite pushback from the House and Senate on a similar proposal released last year, the Trump administration again recommends doing away with a majority of the nation’s rural housing programs.... READ MORE

Living With Black Lung: Coal Miners Caught In A Surging Epidemic

Coal workers' pneumoconiosis, commonly known as Black Lung disease, is reaching epidemic levels in the central Appalachian coalfields. The disease is now developing in miners faster than previously thought possible.... READ MORE

‘To Say This Budget Is a Disappointment Is an Understatement’

Political and nonprofit leaders respond to the president’s proposed 16% cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget. Spoiler alert: It ain’t pretty.... READ MORE

Trump Budget Cuts USDA by 16%

The administration’s proposal would add work requirements for some food-stamp recipients, continue broadband grants at current levels, cut research, and change crop-support programs.... READ MORE

Trump Plan Earmarks $50 Billion for Rural Projects

The president’s newly released infrastructure proposal would funnel 80% of the funding in block grants to states. Tribes and territories such as Puerto Rico are in the plan at unspecified amounts.... READ MORE

Documentary Pulls Back the Curtain on ‘The Real Mayberry’

Mt. Airy, North Carolina, was the inspiration for Andy Griffith’s iconic, fictional town of TV fame. But what’s the story when the tourists go home and small-city economic issues remain? Filmmaker Bill Hayes, a Mt. Airy native, digs into the reality of one American small town, in hopes that it might say something about your town, too.... READ MORE

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Have a New ‘Duty’ to Serve Rural America

New rules require these mortgage giants to do more business in rural America, freeing up more capital there for additional home mortgages. The best way to do this would be for Fannie and Freddie to work with groups that already know the rural housing market: housing providers, nonprofits, and tribal organizations.... READ MORE

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