Farmworkers pick lettuce in Yuma. Photo by Michel Duarte/Cronkite Borderlands Initiative.

Feds Announce New Rules to Protect Farmworkers from Pesticide Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new regulations that aim to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure.  ... READ MORE

Evonne Hoback, county clerk of McMinn County, Tennessee. Photo by Andy Brusseau.

Most County Clerks Just Working Quietly, Says One Official

Out of the nations’ more than 3,000 county clerks, only a handful has resisted the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. The rest just perform their duties, says the clerk of small Tennessee county.  ... READ MORE

An  increase of high-interest mortgages is likely related to a rise in sales of manufactured housing in rural areas.

Rural Home-Purchase Loans Grow at Faster Rate than Urban

The number of rural loan applications fell last year because of a big decline in refinancing. But loan applications for home purchases grew by nearly 7 percent, even higher than the national increase. Also on the rise in rural areas were higher-interest loans, which are especially common for manufactured housing purchases.... READ MORE

An aerial view of construction on the Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Gambling Wagers Pay Community-Health Dividends for Eastern Band of Cherokee

The steady growth of casino gambling under the auspices of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee has been a boon to the tribal health care system.  ... READ MORE


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