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‘The Middle of a Massive Contamination’: Residents of Wisconsin Region Struggle With Aftereffects of Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’

This story was originally published by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Craig Koller grew up splashing through backyard creeks and biking gravel trails, sometimes through the Johnson Control Industries Fire Technology Center. Black smoke wafted overhead as it conducted controlled burns to test firefighting foam, producing a dangerous “forever chemical” known as PFAS. As […]

Posted inBroadband and Technology

‘Connection Corps’ Will Put Hometown Leaders to Work on Broadband

The Biden administration has proposed $100 billion in funding for increased broadband access throughout the country. But there is no universal blueprint for connecting rural communities, and no path to greater connectivity that does not include local advocates and planners. Lead for America and Land O’Lakes, Inc. announced the launch of a new fellowship funding […]

Posted inBroadband and Technology

Report: Broadband Became “Rural America’s Critical Connection” During Pandemic

The optimism that naturally accompanies the start of a new decade was met with a series of challenges as 2020 unfolded. The coronavirus pandemic was chief among these, creating a public health crisis, economic hardship, and social unrest.  Broadband was the technology that ran like a thread through efforts to combat these challenges. A new […]

Posted inCoronavirus

Health Care Providers Try Novel Ways to Get Shots in Arms of Rural Residents

Health care providers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are trying novel ways to get as many residents vaccinated as possible. As part of that effort, the CDC recently reached out to extension agencies and other trusted rural community resources to get factual vaccination information into communities. Called the Extension Collaborative on […]

Posted inHealth

Profits Are up for HCA; Meanwhile, Patient-Care Ranking in Its Western North Carolina Hospitals Declines

This story was originally published by the Asheville Watchdog. HCA Healthcare, which owns and operates Mission Hospital in Asheville, reported this month that it made $1.4 billion in profits for the first three months of 2021, more than double the amount for the same period last year. The new figures follow HCA’s report in February […]

Posted inCoronavirus

New Covid-19 Cases Drop by 5% in Rural Counties While Urban Areas See a 15% Drop

Explore the full-page map Rural America saw mixed progress in the containment of Covid-19 last week. New infections were down while Covid-related deaths were up. In both infections and deaths, rural areas did not perform as well as urban ones. Meanwhile, an additional 784,000 rural Americans became fully vaccinated against Covid-19 last week. Modest Improvement […]