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COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals
Rural
COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

The nation's pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients. And in much of the Midwest... Read More

Rural Vacation Towns Made it Through the Summer. Now What?
Rural
Rural Vacation Towns Made it Through the Summer. Now What?

DENVER — The pandemic hit Colorado’s ski towns first. As spring breakers headed to the slopes, they brought the coronavirus with them. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis shut down the state’s ski resorts in March, triggering a wave of furloughs and... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

Strained Rural Water Utilities Buckle Under Pandemic Pressure
In The News
Strained Rural Water Utilities Buckle Under Pandemic Pressure

WASHINGTON — The months leading up to the coronavirus pandemic already spelled trouble for the Rome Water System and the tiny community it serves in the Mississippi Delta. A tornado tossed around several homes, closed roads and left the community... Read More

Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
Mental Health
Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
2020-09-16 20:23:18
by Daniel Londono

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., served as moderator last week at a Blue Dog Coalition forum exploring the issue of mental health and addiction in the U.S. and how to deal with it. Brindisi, the coalition's co-chair, has been... Read More

Spanberger Urges House to Give Rural Electricity Providers Greater Peace of Mind
Congress
Spanberger Urges House to Give Rural Electricity Providers Greater Peace of Mind
2020-09-02 20:34:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., wants to reduce the barriers currently preventing many Rural Utility Service borrowers from refinancing their debt to take advantage of lower market rates. Unlike most private lenders, the Rural Utility Service, a division of... Read More

O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
Congress
O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
2020-09-01 17:06:34
by Dan McCue

Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., made a little history on Monday by launching the Blue Dog Democrats' first-ever virtual rural opportunity roundtable series. The discussion with local and tribal leaders focused on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and... Read More

Trump Post Office Turmoil Imperils Lifeline for Rural GOP Voters
2020 Elections
Trump Post Office Turmoil Imperils Lifeline for Rural GOP Voters

The furor over the U.S. Postal Service imperils a vital lifeline for the Republican rural base and threatens to damage GOP lawmakers’ reelection bids, potentially even President Donald Trump’s campaign in critical battle grounds. Rural residents are especially dependent on... Read More

Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
Technology
Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
2020-08-04 20:24:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband cable access into underserved rural communities. The Governors' Broadband Development Fund bill was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and... Read More

Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities
Health
Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 pandemic battered large, metropolitan areas this spring, rural hospitals prepared to be next on the front lines. But in order to ready their facilities for a potential surge in patients, those small hospitals had to... Read More

Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
In The News
Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
2020-07-15 15:38:38
by Reece Nations

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released by the House Ways and Means Committee. The report, entitled “Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved... Read More

Rural Destinations ‘Ready to Reopen’ but Fear Virus
Travel
Rural Destinations ‘Ready to Reopen’ but Fear Virus

When the first coronavirus shutdowns were announced in March, hoteliers in the Appalachian town of Gadsden, Ala., said they did not want to host visitors from other states. So, Hugh Stump, executive director of Greater Gadsden Area Tourism, told them... Read More

Pockets of Rural America Are Less Vulnerable to Pandemic’s Economic Fallout — For Now
Rural
Pockets of Rural America Are Less Vulnerable to Pandemic’s Economic Fallout — For Now

Every part of the country will feel the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis. But the small and isolated rural areas that lagged during the economic boom may fare better, relatively speaking, in the aftermath of the pandemic. Those places... Read More

Coronavirus Threatens Strained Rural Health Care System
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Coronavirus Threatens Strained Rural Health Care System

WASHINGTON — If you’re exhibiting coronavirus symptoms and meet the criteria, you should get tested. But if you live in rural Presidio County, on the western end of the Texas-Mexico border, be prepared to travel. County residents who are severely... Read More

Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention
2020 Elections
Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention

Dr. George Pink is a professor who studies rural health, not a doctor who tries to provide it. For the sake of his own blood pressure, he’s grateful. “Not a day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God I’m... Read More

High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health of Patients and Rural Hospitals
Health
High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health of Patients and Rural Hospitals

Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged she needed to go to the ER. At Lincoln Community Hospital, about 10 miles from her... Read More

Rural Areas Hope to Get More From National Service Programs
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Rural Areas Hope to Get More From National Service Programs

WASHINGTON — The Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902 to educate children living in the Central Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The school now focuses on helping children with dyslexia, and its leaders propose deploying 40 mentors from AmeriCorps,... Read More

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support
Health
Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

WASHINGTON — Absent action by Congress in the next three weeks, Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, is going to have to figure out what medical services to deny hard-pressed communities in rural eastern North Carolina. “It runs the... Read More

Bipartisan Legislation Will Assist Farmers and Rural Communities Tackle Mental Health Issues
Mental Health
Bipartisan Legislation Will Assist Farmers and Rural Communities Tackle Mental Health Issues
2019-10-24 20:15:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of House members are fighting to increase mental health care options to address the growing rate of suicide in rural America. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, led a bipartisan... Read More

Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
Environment
Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
2019-09-17 21:41:45
by Sean Trambley

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration.  The lawmakers say the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019... Read More

White House Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Rule
Environment
White House Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Rule
2019-09-13 19:51:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is repealing an  Obama-era clean water rule that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. According to the Environmental Protection... Read More

House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
Technology
House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
2019-09-11 23:48:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A far-reaching broadband connectivity should not be dictated by the location of a home or business, but rather should foster economic growth and sustainable communities by being equally accessible by all. That was the overarching message delivered to... Read More

Interior Department to Convene Summit to Improve Tribal Broadband Access
Rural
Interior Department to Convene Summit to Improve Tribal Broadband Access
2019-08-29 21:15:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Education Department and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will host the first-ever National Tribal Broadband Summit, Sept. 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C. According to the Federal... Read More

Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It
Health
Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — The sun is setting just as midwife Sheryl Shafer wraps up a long Thursday on the road visiting families in west Tennessee and Kentucky. She knows the patient on her last stop, a 21-year-old Amish woman in... Read More

'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston
State News
'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston
2019-08-09 23:10:03
by Dan McCue

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced South Carolina led the nation in drunk driving fatalities, with 44% of all auto accident deaths involving at least... Read More

EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay
Environment
EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay

SEATTLE — Federal officials said Tuesday they would not block a proposed copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay despite objections by critics who contend it would imperil a fishery and harm wetlands and streams. The U.S. Environmental Protection... Read More

Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
Litigation
Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
2019-06-13 16:03:18
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The Attorneys General from ten states including New York and California filed a lawsuit this week to stop the proposed merger between telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint. In a federal complaint filed in New York on Tuesday, the... Read More

America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
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America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
2019-06-11 19:37:53
by Sean Trambley

The Federal Communications Commission and Congress have long sought to map specific regions’ access to broadband services in order to help policymakers identify unserved areas. The Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019, introduced last week in the House of Representatives... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
2019-05-21 21:33:02
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Infrastructure and Job Creation, joined with Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., their counterparts on the Blue Dog Task Force on... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

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