Rural communities in "Graying America" see boost in business

Feb 27, 2020
More than 20% of Americans 65 and older live in rural areas, according to the Census Bureau.
More than 20% of Americans 65 and older live in rural areas, according to the Census Bureau.
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Rural bank branches more scarce than ever

Dec 3, 2019
The Federal Reserve found that over 40% of rural counties lost bank branches in the five years to 2017.
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Why this Washington Post reporter crossed the urban-rural divide

Sep 9, 2019
Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham once called Red Lake County, Minnesota the "worst place to live in America." Now? He lives there.
Christopher Ingraham, author of the new book "If You Lived Here You'd be Home by Now" with his family.
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In Amish country, a planned casino raises the stakes

Jun 26, 2019
Some expect economic benefit from a casino in the works. Others question whether it will change the community.
The view from Paul Stoltzfus's family farm.
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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

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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

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

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…

How rural America is turning into a digital desert

Dec 6, 2018
The geographic digital divide is wider than ever.
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