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Rural Vaccination Rate Grows by about 0.6% of the Population

Explore a full-page version of the map. An additional 285,000 rural Americans completed their Covid-19 vaccinations last week, raising the overall rate of completed vaccinations by about 0.6 percentage points to 34% of the rural population, according to data from the Centers from Disease Control and state departments of health. The rate of metropolitan completed […]

Posted inHealth

Faced with Failing Sewage System, Rural Community in Alabama’s Black Belt Wants a Say in Finding a Solution

In the Black Belt of the American South, residents of Uniontown, Alabama, are making a continued plea to be included in crucial decisions regarding the future of a failing sewage system. As many rural towns across the country struggle to build and maintain the infrastructure necessary to establish a healthy quality of life, a number […]

Posted inGrowth and Development

Small, Historically Black Town in Oklahoma Joins a National Coalition Studying Reparations

A group of mayors from communities across the United States is coming together to form a coalition taking a closer look into reparations, and the smallest of those communities is a historically Black town in Oklahoma.  Tullahassee Mayor Keisha Currin is one member of Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE). Formed this past summer, […]

Posted inRural Voters

Republican-Voting Mountain Counties in N.C. Urge State to Expand Medicaid

This story was originally published by North Carolina Health News. EDITOR’S NOTE: The county commissions of five counties in Western North Carolina have passed resolutions supporting Medicaid expansion. The counties are Macon, Swain, Jackson, Watauga, and Graham. All are nonmetropolitan. Nearly an hour into the August meeting of Macon County’s board of commissioners, Casey Cooper approached […]

Posted inCoronavirus

New Vaccinations in Rural Counties Decline for Second Week

Explore full-page version The pace of newly completed vaccinations in rural counties dropped by nearly half in the past three weeks. Rural (nonmetro) counties completed new Covid-19 vaccinations for about 240,000 people the first week of October. Three weeks ago, nearly 450,000 rural Americans were newly vaccinated. Metropolitan counties also saw a similar percentage decline […]

Posted inRural Assembly

‘Rural Women Everywhere’ Celebrates Role of Women in Rural, Native Communities

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been revised to reflect that U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who was originally scheduled to make a presentation at Rural Women Everywhere, will not be able to participate because of changes in her schedule, according to Haaland’s staff. Women from across rural America will gather online this month at Rural […]

Posted inEnvironment

Biden Reverses Trump Cuts to National Monuments, Restores Bears Ears

President Joe Biden restored Bears Ears National Monument to its previous 1.36 million-acres footprint Friday, reversing a Trump-era decision to cut as much as 85% of the southern Utah site valued for its environmental, archeological, and tribal treasures. Bears Ears was one of three national monuments cut by former President Donald Trump that were restored […]

Posted inAgriculture

The Iowa Farm Bureau Is a Small Nonprofit. It’s Sitting on a Huge Business Empire.

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest: Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. It is a collaboration between Investigate Midwest and Watchdog Writers Group.  In May, senior executives at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation finalized a little-noticed financial maneuver that could boost their income for years to come. While a nonprofit, the Farm Bureau owned a […]