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Addiction Doctor: Rural Residents Should Get Naloxone, Just in Case

For rural residents, carrying around a dose of naloxone should be as common as learning first aid, an addiction doctor says.  Dr. Mark Calarco, national medical director for clinical diagnostics at the American Addiction Centers in Brentwood, Tennessee, argues that having naloxone isn’t just for people taking opioids and their family and friends – it’s […]

Posted inBroadband and Technology

Rural North Carolina Families Struggle With Online Access for School-Age Children

This story was originally published by Carolina Public Press. When school started in Beaufort County in August, Chocowinity resident Dana Heath Darden’s sons signed onto remote classes using school-issued Chromebooks and hot spot routers. The Dardens don’t have Wi-Fi because it’s prohibitively expensive for the family, so the hot spot was supposed to help the kids […]

Posted inPolitics and Government

Commentary: Census 2020 Exposes Deep Digital Divide and Reinforces Need for Paper Options

This story was originally published by Keep Me Posted North America Census 2020 is not going well. Nor is it going as planned. This critical distinction has been amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, which again exposes the depth and breadth of the digital divide in America. Popular narratives about the digital divide that separates our […]

Posted inGrowth and Development

Despite Pandemic Challenges, a Colorado Group Is Connecting Rural Entrepreneurs to Resources They Need

What ties quirky mountain towns in Colorado to the state’s larger cities is more than just the Front Range, an approximately 300-mile stretch of mountain peaks with some rising over 10,000 feet above the Great Plains. In fact, what connects Durango in the southwest part of the state to Sterling in the northeast is a spirit […]

Posted inCoronavirus

Opinion: Dear People Who Refuse to Wear Masks, Who Party on Crowded Beaches, Who Think Testing Is Stupid…

On September 2, 2020, after more than two weeks on a ventilator, Elaine Purkey died, in a hospital in Charleston, West Virginia. She shouldn’t have died of Covid-19 A musician, an activist, a supporter of union coal miners, Elaine Purkey was a West Virginia treasure. She performed all over the country, including on the National […]