A pair of decades-old policies may change the way rural America gets local news

While Americans were distracted by the very important public debates around an open internet and the proliferation of fake news online, the Federal Communications Commission quietly proposed reshaping a key way rural Americans stay informed – their local television news.... READ MORE

A Handshake and One Week’s Pay

When the corporate bosses show up in the changing room with a handful of envelopes, the news probably isn't going to be good.... READ MORE

Senate Health Bill Called ‘Anti-Rural’

The Senate’s version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act will hit rural America especially hard, say critics.... READ MORE

Rural Communities Must Empower Youth

The future of rural America depends on attracting younger generations to make a life in smaller communities. That means listening to young people, responding to their interests, and sharing power.... READ MORE

Review of Sage-Grouse Agreement Could Turn Partners into Adversaries

A public-private agreement has managed to preserve the habitat of a threatened species while accommodating hunting, fishing, ranching, and energy development. Interior Secretary Zinke says he's revisiting the agreement. That could lead to the sage grouse qualifying as "endangered," which would mean a far less flexible approach to conservation.... READ MORE

Advocates to Fight Washington Team’s Name, Despite Court Ruling in Similar Case

A Supreme Court ruling in a separate case could affect the ability of advocates to block the Washington, D.C., NFL team from using its current nickname. Advocates say the fight is still on.... READ MORE

Renewable Energy’s Sweet Promise Comes with Some Bitter Pills for Rural Missouri

The growth of wind farming in Missouri creates green energy and less dependence on out-of-state- coal. But the impacts of turbines and transmission lines may also spark neighbor-to-neighbor, farmer-to-government, and rural-to-urban tensions.... READ MORE

Effective Rural Programs Are at ‘Grave Risk’

Public programs that invest in rural America reduce poverty and expand the economy, an economist tells the Senate ag committee. Senators must exercise leadership to preserve these effective programs.... READ MORE

The Rural Wisdom of Doing It Yourself

There’s a time to let others take the lead, and there’s a time to roll up your sleeves and break a sweat. DIY creates solutions for local problems and builds community confidence in the future.... READ MORE

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