Creative Solutions to the Rural Doctor Shortage

Fewer and fewer physicians are choosing to serve rural areas after graduating. What if, instead of fighting the uphill battle of recruiting more doctors, we figure out alternatives that will keep us healthy and increase the number of high-paying community jobs?... READ MORE

Farmers and the Estate Tax Myth

Pity the poor farmer whose land is ripped from his heirs and sold to pay the draconian “death tax.” It never happens, says the man who wrote the book on estate-tax planning. Why are farmers letting Big Money use them as a stalking horse to kill the estate tax?... READ MORE

Decline of Coal Affects Towns with Power Plants

The coal-fired plants of Nucla, Colorado, and Cassville, Wisconsin, generated more than electricity. They also created jobs. Two small towns look at ways to move beyond their reliance on coal.... READ MORE

Netflix Show ‘Ozark’ Casts Georgia Lake in Central Role

Except for the opening sequence, “Ozark” doesn’t feature the Missouri lake where the fictional show is set. Though the plotline argues that there’s only one Lake of the Ozarks, the producers apparently think one lake is pretty much like any other.... READ MORE

Wildfire Fix: Programs Should Shift from Suppression to Prevention, Advocates Say

In the rural West, wildfires strain government budgets. A coalition of organizations and a bipartisan group of legislators have identified a possible fix.... READ MORE

Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done

Rural areas don’t need to wait on expensive and hard-to-build fiber-to-the-home networks to start using broadband. In many cases, fixed wireless can provide a fast and affordable last-mile connection in underserved areas. And some communities are building the system themselves.... READ MORE

Poll Reveals What Americans Don’t Know about Food: A Lot

We don't trust experts, we're worried about safety, and we think we know a lot more than we actually do. Americans are confused about food and don't know where to get answers, according to a new "food literacy" poll.... READ MORE

Coming Out of the Shadows Has Been Worth It, ‘Dreamer’ Says

The Deferred Action on Children Arrivals (DACA) program gave immigrant Abraham Diaz the chance to learn, grow, and contribute to the only country he knows well enough to call home. Around the United States, as many as 100,000 rural young people are in the same situation.... READ MORE

For Some Rural Communities, History Project Gives a Last Chance to Share Their Stories

Just because a community is fading doesn’t mean its stories can’t stick around. The “Voices from Small Places” project at the University of Texas at Tyler documents the histories of communities of 100 or fewer residents. Now they are gearing up to teach others to do the same.... READ MORE


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