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The Big Book

Running an online retail business in rural America

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Mar 11, 2019
Jessi Roberts knows how it's done.
Online retailer Cheekys offers a monthly subscription service called "Chicks Fix" to their online customers.
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Budget deal includes funds for rural broadband expansion

by , and Feb 15, 2019
Efforts to expand broadband service in rural areas got a boost from the budget bill approved this week on Capitol Hill. Under the deal, the Department of Agriculture will receive $550 million to support broadband infrastructure in rural, underserved areas.…
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Minimum wage hikes have varying effects across nation

by Justin Ho Dec 31, 2018
Twenty states are raising their minimum wages as we usher in 2019.
Workers celebrate outside the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles on April 4, 2016, after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
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The path left by your online purchases

by Amy Scott Dec 27, 2018
You might have done a lot of online shopping this holiday season, and you’re not alone — more than 1 billion items were shipped for free in the United States this holiday with Amazon Prime, the company reported. And with…
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How rural America is turning into a digital desert

by Molly Wood Dec 6, 2018
The geographic digital divide is wider than ever.
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The housing crisis hits America’s heartland

by Amy Scott Oct 2, 2018
When you think of high rents and overcrowding, you probably don’t think of farmland. However, according to a new report by the Urban Institute, rural communities are facing a lack of affordable housing, just like more densely populated urban areas.…
 Corn grows on a farm on July 13, 2018 near Amana, Iowa.
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How the energy boom shaped a small town in rural America

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Jun 12, 2018
About a decade ago, some in this country saw fracking as the solution to decades of economic decline. But others were determined to stop it.
A Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig explores the Marcellus Shale outside the town of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, in 2012.
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Reinventing the rural health care system

by Danielle Chiriguayo Feb 2, 2018
A new report outlines the challenges the health care system in rural communities faces.
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Way of life

Rodeo on the rebound

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 24, 2017
Rodeo still rounds 'em up in rural America.
Calf roping just before the throw at Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.
Photo courtesy of Ellen Morris Bishop
The Big Promise

When transportation barriers become economic barriers

by Erika Beras Aug 18, 2017
The types of jobs that are open to residents of Erie City, Pennsylvania, can depend on their access to transportation.
Rhonda Glover and her youngest son Romeo, ride an Erie bus across town.
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