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    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of senators has proposed providing up to $15 billion in matching grants to help expand rural broadband access. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen of Nevada said Wednesday they are calling their proposal the "American Broadband Buildout Act." They said the grants would be used to help states and state-approved entities build “'last-mile' infrastructure to bring high-speed broadband directly to homes and businesses in areas that lack it." The senators said the projects must be located in unserved areas where broadband isn't available at speeds that meet federal standards. They also said the money made available via the bill would be matched through public-private partnerships between service providers and states. Collins said expanded broadband access is especially important in largely rural states, like Maine. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $2.5 million federal grant awarded to Michigan will be used to address health care staffing shortages in the state’s rural communities. Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity said the grant will support the addition of more than 430 new health care workers over the next four years. The agency will lead MiREACH, a network of employer-led collaboratives, to identify targeted health care occupations based on employer demand and feedback. The grant program aims to help individuals gain the skills necessary to provide needed services, fill vacancies and allow employers to find skilled workers more readily. The coronavirus pandemic has increased the need for health care workers, particularly in rural areas, according to the state. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Michigan, Associated Press
    This is yet another novelty in the evolution of the missions of chambers of commerce and industry (CCI): at the request of the Gironde departmental council, of which Jean-Luc Gleyze is the president (PS), the CCI Bordeaux Gironde will intervene to make life easier for small businesses in rural areas, this was announced by Patrick Seguin during the press briefing this Thursday morning. Read also: Nouvelle-Aquitaine: State, Region and CCI in contact to amplify the recovery “The Departments no longer have economic competence and this is the reason why they entrusted us with this file, through their technical agency Gironde Resources. The aim is to promote the establishment of non-sedentary businesses in the small towns with fewer than 3,500 inhabitants, villages and towns. This cooperation involves an agreement that we have just signed “summarizes Patrick Seguin. The recovery could be “strong and brutal” The idea of ​​this cooperation with...
    Mice living in built-up areas are smarter than rodents living in the countryside, new research reveals.  Streetwise mice developed improved problem-solving abilities because their  coexistence with humans in cities forced them to become savvier, experts believe. German researchers found that when presented with a conundrum, mice from the metropolis of Berlin were able to solve it 77 per cent of the time.  However, mice captured from the rural area of Uckermark in Germany only managed to find a solution half the time (52 per cent).  Scroll down for video   German researchers found that when presented with a conundrum, mice from the metropolis of Berlin were able to solve it 77 per cent of the time. However, mice captured from the rural area of Uckermark in Germany only managed to find a solution half the time (52 per cent) Mice are city slickers Researchers put mice in a custom-built enclosure with a...
    (CNN)The ability to at least contain the coronavirus in America to the point that it is manageable as soon as possible will come down in large part to Americans' willingness to get vaccinated. The good news is that more and more Americans say they are willing to do so. Unfortunately, a partisan split on receiving a Covid-19 vaccine has reemerged and widened over the last few months. This partisan gap could impact our capacity to keep the virus at bay given our deepening polarization, and needs to be continually addressed. Take a look at polling from Axios/Ipsos and Gallup on coronavirus issues. They have polled frequently on the topic in recent months. In an average of Axios/Ipsos polls taken in January and February, 74% of Democrats said they'd either been vaccinated, or were extremely or very likely to get vaccinated as soon it's available to them. Just 51% of Republicans...
    Isabel Zamudio Xalapa / 02.14.2021 17:31:57 The governor of Veracruz, Cuitláhuac García Jiménez, announced the arrival of vaccines against coronavirus, covid-19, from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, to the entity’s Naval Air Base, which They will be applied to older adults in the state starting this Monday, February 15. Governor Cuitláhuac García indicated that more than 63 thousand doses of vaccines arrived to continue the national vaccination campaign in the state. In his social networks, the Veracruz president said: “The doses and supplies for the vaccine; The CASA C-295 plane of the Mexican Air Force arrived with 63,310 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID19, for the elderly. They were received by the committee composed of the Secretary of Health of Veracruz, Commanders of the 1st, Naval Region and 26 Z / M of SEDENA, National Guard, the representation of the Ministry of Welfare and the federal representation...
    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator has joined a push for the federal government to prioritize emergency coronavirus relief money for rural areas. Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats, said money from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund needs to reach rural areas quickly because of the need for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and other essential services. King joined a bipartisan group of senators from largely rural states in requesting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services distribute the money swiftly. The senators said Congress set aside $2.5 billion within the public health fund for high-risk, under-served and rural communities. They said in a statement that “additional resources are needed to ensure that health providers and health departments have the funding necessary to address the COVID-19 pandemic.” Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags:...
    By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could spend up to $20 million a year to expand high-speed internet service in rural areas under a proposal backed Monday by a diverse alliance of farm, business and school groups and championed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The proposed grant program was pitched as an incentive for broadband providers to install service lines in rural areas where doing so isn't financially feasible because the populations are too small. “We've got to have this infrastructure, it's basic infrastructure,” Ricketts told the Legislature's Transportation and Telecommunications Committee on Monday. A 2019 report commissioned for Nebraska lawmakers found that many rural residents have at least one provider, but average speeds are slower than in the cities and there are fewer companies to compete and drive down prices. Ricketts said he often hears from constituents in remote areas who have to drive to their...
    STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A southeast Georgia county will spend $1.9 million to buy three fire trucks and three water tankers, part of a strategy to increase fire protection and cut property insurance rates in rural areas. The Statesboro Herald reports Bulloch County commissioners authorized the county manager to bypass bid requirements to buy the trucks. The county plans to assign a fire engine and shuttle tanker apiece to three fire stations, staffing each station with one or two paid firefighters. Such a skeleton crew can get trucks rolling, cutting response time by meeting volunteers at a fire. County employees are also trying to identify 40 additional “alternative water sources,” mostly ponds, to add to the current list of about 60 ponds designated for refilling tankers. The Insurance Services Office, which rates firefighting capability, allows the ponds to stand in for fire hydrants in rural areas. Better capabilities overall could...
    State officials on Thursday announced the winners of $20.6 million in grants to develop high-speed internet across Minnesota, the latest infusion of money approved by lawmakers to fully connect the state. Many celebrated the cash, which Steve Grove, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, called a “vital” push to correct disparities in internet service that were highlighted during the pandemic. Yet the grants also drew frustration from some broadband developers. That’s because Gov. Tim Walz’s administration won’t award state money for projects where telecom companies won more than $408 million in federal grants to provide new internet service across swaths of northeast, central and southern Minnesota. The biggest federal grant winner was the controversial LTD Broadband, a company the governor’s own broadband task force is skeptical can meet its promises for a huge range of projects. Article continues after advertisement State officials say it could be a...
    The mayor of a small French town has warned of the growing problems rural communities across France face with delinquency, violence and drug dealing and has called on the government to do more. Antoine Valentin, the mayor of the small town of Saint-Jeoire, has sounded the alarm about the growing insecurity in rural French areas and highlighted the way in which local drug dealers are not only well-known by locals but act largely with impunity. In an opinion article for the French newspaper Le Figaro, Valentin wrote that local drug dealers rare face long prison sentences and find themselves back to the small towns “very quickly.” France Sees Average of 120 Knife Attacks Per Day https://t.co/eGA5OhGnVt — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 18, 2020 “Without embarrassment, they are the owners of the most beautiful SUVs in the area, far ahead of the local doctor or contractor. The gendarmes, understaffed, are struggling to...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado is issuing its second round of funding to help schools get through the pandemic. It’s called RISE funding and it’s really helping schools in rural parts of the state. The second round includes $27 million to support students and educators. That’s more than double the first round. (credit: CBS) Education leaders from around Colorado joined Gov. Jared Polis for the announcement on Monday. Some represented school districts receiving a grant to support their innovative projects to better serve students, like Manuel Heart from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Heart said the funding will allow them to create a new tribal school, preserve their culture and provide services for parents. RISE committee chair Mike Johnston said the program provides immediate and long-term solutions. (credit: CBS) “The governor also took advantage of this moment to say let’s not just put a band-aid on the...
    DENVER (CBS4)– On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis introduced a team of health care professionals that will devote much of their energy to ensuring vaccine distribution is fair across the state. They are looking at underserved areas and more rural parts of Colorado that don’t have easy access to one of the major providers seen in the metro area. (credit: CBS) Keith Keesling is the emergency manager for Dolores County, he’s been dealing with all things COVID-19 for nearly a year, “It is slightly difficult because we are about as remote from Denver as you can get in the state.” Vaccines are just the latest in navigating where his county of around 2,000 people fits in. Right now he says they’ve been very successful. “The minimum shipment of vaccine is a 100-doses box which is what we get, but it works well with 2,000 people or larger rural...
    Airbnb has offered to help the Biden administration with its vaccine rollout in parts of the country with limited access to health care facilities. In a letter addressed to Dr. David Kessler, who Biden picked to lead vaccine distribution efforts, Airbnb’s senior Vice President for global policy and communications Christopher Lehane offers to identify homes that could be used as vaccine distribution sites, especially in “health care deserts” where there are few hospitals or pharmacies. A woman browses the site of US home sharing giant Airbnb on a tablet in Berlin on April 28, 2016.(JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images) “During the Second World War, businesses supported the national effort by helping turn America into the arsenal of democracy. We are deeply appreciative of President Biden’s call to action and committed to working with national, state and local governments to win the war against this pandemic,” the letter says. The company...
    Joseph Scheidler, a major architect of the antiabortion movement, dies at 93 Capitol Police officer who diverted mob from Senate escorts Harris These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft The Highest Paying Cash Back Card Has Hit The Market Ad Microsoft 16 Highly Unnecessary Things People Waste Money On (You’re Guilty Of Many) Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/22 SLIDES © Ivan Marc / Shutterstock.com The 10 Most and 10 Least Densely Populated Major Cities in America This story originally appeared on Filterbuy. Today, the split of urban and rural Americans looks almost inverted compared with...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Center for Rural Pennsylvania held a hearing Wednesday to discuss vaccine rollout in rural communities across the state. The concern isn’t just about getting the vaccine to the people in these communities. It’s also about convincing them that the shot is safe and effective. This is why leaders feel this issue needs to be brought up now, after the Department of Health and Human Services announced nationwide changes allowing people who are 65 and older to get the shot right away. The same goes for people with underlying health conditions. Health leaders say older adults in rural communities seem to be more willing to get vaccinated. It’s younger people, and people who haven’t been personally affected by the COVID-19 virus who seem to be hesitant. “People who are very worried for themselves about getting a serious case will get the vaccine but those with little personal...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Once Mexico has vaccinated its frontline medical workers against COVID-19, the government will turn its attention to the elderly living in its most remote places, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday. Ten thousand brigades made up of medical personnel and health promoters with security provided by the National Guard will target 3 million senior citizens in rural areas. The brigades will work back from isolated areas to towns and cities. The plan will hinge on Mexico’s approval of the Chinese CanSino vaccine, which only requires a single dose. So far, Mexico has approved only vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Mexico started deploying those vaccines in December in Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila. The government hopes to have 750,000 health workers vaccinated by the end of January. “We’re going to start at the bottom, where the most marginalized people live,” López Obrador said...
    Pro Bowl teams announced tonight Your Second Stimulus Check May Come Sooner Than You Think Covid Is Killing in Rural U.S. Faster Than in Big Cities (Bloomberg) -- Nine months after arriving in the most densely populated parts of the U.S., the fatal effects of the coronavirus are spreading more in its remote corners. Load Error Covid-19 is now killing in rural areas at a faster clip than anywhere else. As of last week, there were 109 cumulative deaths per 100,000 residents in “non-core” counties, the least-populated classification, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s higher than large central metro areas such as New York City and Seattle, which until days ago had recorded the highest death rates since the beginning of the pandemic. Rural areas, where 46 million Americans live, are prone to outsize impacts from the virus. Compared with urban...
    Xfinity Series: Jeffrey Earnhardt returning to JD Motorsports full-time Your Second Stimulus Check May Come Sooner Than You Think Covid Killing in Rural U.S. Faster Than in Big Cities (Bloomberg) -- Nine months after arriving in the most densely populated parts of the U.S., the fatal effects of the coronavirus are spreading more in its remote corners. Load Error Covid-19 is now killing in rural areas at a faster clip than anywhere else. As of last week, there were 109 cumulative deaths per 100,000 residents in “non-core” counties, the least-populated classification, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s higher than large central metro areas such as New York City and Seattle, which until days ago had recorded the highest death rates since the beginning of the pandemic. Rural areas, where 46 million Americans live, are prone to outsize impacts from the virus....
    CAIRO (AP) — Local authorities in rural Egypt have declared a state of emergency after detecting two outbreaks of bird flu. Nagy Awad, head of the veterinary agency in the southwestern province of al-Wadi al-Gedid, said Sunday that avian influenza was detected in two poultry farms in the villages of Ezab el-Qasr and Oweina in the Dakhla Oasis, located over 750 kilometers (470 miles) from the capital, Cairo. He said the infected birds were culled and authorities have carried out medical examinations of people who were in contact with them. The virus, which is mainly spread through contact with infected animals, can cause severe illness or death in humans. Egypt suffered a major outbreak of bird flu in 2006 that led to the suspension of all poultry exports. Authorities have been pressing to renew them, and earlier this year, the World Organization for Animal Health, an intergovernmental body, had declared...
    When the Federal Communications Commission announced $312 million in grants for one relatively small company to build broadband in Minnesota earlier this month, it stirred controversy among those who worry the internet provider can’t deliver what it promised.  Now that squabble over the company, LTD Broadband, has spilled over into Minnesota’s own grant program for development of high-speed internet. The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition — made up of internet developers, local governments and other groups like Mayo Clinic — sent a letter Wednesday to state officials asking them to award grant money to build broadband in areas expected to be served through the federal program, in part because they have so little confidence in LTD Broadband. Some internet companies said the state asked them to submit bids for cash outside of the federal program zones. Minnesota officials haven’t made a decision on how to proceed, but the state must navigate...
    (CNN)On the eve of the November election, conventional wisdom went something like this: Senate Democrats were going to retake the majority.It didn't work out that way. At all. Democrats wound up picking up two Republican seats -- in Arizona and Colorado -- and losing Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama; that meant a single seat Democratic gain, short of the net pickup of three seats the party needs to be in the majority come 2021.While Democrats still retain a path to the majority if they sweep the two runoffs in Georgia on January 5, there's no question that the party badly underperformed expectations at the Senate level on November 3. And Montana Sen. Jon Tester (D) has an idea as to why.In a conversation with The New York Times' Jonathan Martin about the election and the state of the Democratic Party, Tester said this:Read More"I can go into the list of...
    The fall surge of coronavirus infections and deaths related to the COVID-19 disease has hit hardest in rural areas across the country that had largely been spared the worst of the initial waves in April and June as health care systems in smaller communities struggle to keep up with so much sickness. A new analysis conducted by the Pew Research Center finds that rural areas that are sparsely populated now account for about twice the number of coronavirus-related deaths as the most densely populated cities.  An average of three people are dying each day in congressional districts where fewer than 5 percent of residents live in dense concentrations. Districts where more than 40 percent of residents live in urban or dense suburban neighborhoods are suffering an average of 1.5 deaths each day. That figure is a stark reversal from the first wave of infections, when big cities like New York,...
    CAORSO, Italy (AP) — Wearing full-body protective gear, Dr. Luigi Cavanna visits his patients in their homes in small towns and rural areas in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The peaceful countryside setting may be different from the crowded city hospitals, but the disease is the same. He checks his patients’ oxygen levels, uses ultrasound to scan their lungs and tests them and their relatives for COVID-19. Many of them don’t need to or don’t want to be taken to a hospital and are grateful to Cavanna for coming to see them in their homes. “It is priceless when the sick ask us what they owe us. They want to give us a reward, but their gratefulness and their sense of feeling cared for is what rewards us immensely,” Cavanna told Associated Press journalists following him on a round of house calls. At 70, he could have retired in...
    CAORSO, Italy (AP) — Wearing full-body protective gear, Dr. Luigi Cavanna visits his patients in their homes in small towns and rural areas in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The peaceful countryside setting may be different from the crowded city hospitals, but the disease is the same. He checks his patients’ oxygen levels, uses ultrasound to scan their lungs and tests them and their relatives for COVID-19. Many of them don’t need to or don’t want to be taken to a hospital and are grateful to Cavanna for coming to see them in their homes. “It is priceless when the sick ask us what they owe us. They want to give us a reward, but their gratefulness and their sense of feeling cared for is what rewards us immensely,” Cavanna told Associated Press journalists following him on a round of house calls. At 70, he could have retired in...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Internet providers in New Hampshire will receive more than $25 million in federal funding over 10 years to expand broadband access across in rural parts of the state, the Federal Communications Commission announced this week. The funding comes from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, an FCC initiative to expand high-speed internet in areas that now have little or no access. More than $20 billion is being awarded nationwide over 10 years. New Hampshire is among many states with rural populations that have struggled with limited internet access during the pandemic. In August, the state announced it would use $16 million in federal virus relief to expand broadband access. Four companies won bids through the FCC program to expand broadband access in New Hampshire. It’s estimated to bring high-speed internet access to more than 17,000 homes and small business. New Hampshire’s congressional delegation applauded the announcement, saying the pandemic...
    PHOENIX (AP) — A telecommunications company has agreed to provide $2 million in improvements to fiber-optic infrastructure in rural areas across Arizona as part of a consent agreement with the state. The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Friday that the fiber-optic improvements are part of a February consent decree with Lumen Technologies, formerly known as CenturyLink. The office had alleged that the company engaged in deceptive and unfair advertising and billing practices. The consent decree resolves the allegations, which the company continues to deny. The announcement said the planned fiber-optic improvements will benefit schools, public safety agencies, small businesses, local government offices and other customers by extending cellphone coverage and internet connectivity in previously underserved areas. The improvements are planned in Coconino, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yavapai counties. Copy of the CenturyLink Consent Judgment Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or...
    Once vaccines arrive in her rural health district, it's go time for Lisa Harrison. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee was meeting Thursday to discuss whether the agency should grant emergency use authorization for Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine candidate. Later this month, members will meet on a vaccine from Moderna. In short, a vaccine is likely to be on its way to specific members of the public very soon. Harrison, public health director for the Granville Vance Public Health department in North Carolina, is preparing for distribution to start as soon as doses are received. North Carolina's draft distribution plan specifically prioritizes health care personnel who are at high-risk of COVID-19 exposure or crucial to vaccination efforts, as well as staff who work in long-term care facilities. [ READ: Panel Prioritizes Health Workers, Nursing Homes for Vaccine ]For Harrison, the first 24 hours after vaccines arrive will involve ensuring those prioritized...
    By Stephanie Kelly, Lisa Baertlein and Carl O'Donnell NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As health officials from rural areas prepare to vaccinate people scattered over thousands of miles in what could be the most complex such campaign in U.S. history, they face the additional challenge of finding enough dry ice to keep a Pfizer vaccine that must be stored at sub Arctic temperatures from spoiling. The vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE could be authorized for emergency use as soon as this week and must be transported and stored at -70 degrees Celsius (minus 94°F), requiring specialized ultra-cold freezers or dry ice. More than a dozen U.S. states, including Washington, New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana and Indiana, told Reuters they are rushing to secure dry ice to replenish suitcase-sized shipping containers from Pfizer. Once opened, if being used as temporary storage by a vaccination center, the vaccines...
    New York (CNN Business)The US government plans to give SpaceX nearly a billion dollars to beam internet from space to people across rural America, where three out of five people say access to broadband is still a pressing issue. The company will receive a total of $856 million, one of the largest subsidies handed out by the Federal Communications Commission under a new program designed to encourage companies to extend broadband access into the United States' most underserved areas over the next 10 years.SpaceX's win is notable because the company competed against more established internet service providers, such as Charter Communications and CenturyLink, which rely on traditional fiber optic cables to deliver high-speed internet to customers. SpaceX's Starlink internet service, which is currently in beta testing and is not yet fully operational, relies on an experimental swarm of nearly 1,000 satellites whizzing around Earth at more than 17,000 miles per...
    SpaceX is expected to cover 35 location with the subsidies it’ll receive over the next 10 years. It also has to meet a set of conditions to secure the funding, as TechCrunch explains, including proving that it can provide broadband services to those areas for a price that’s in line with terrestrial broadband offerings. At the moment, Starlink beta testers have to pay $99 a month for the service, not including the $499 upfront cost needed for its hardware kit. In addition, SpaceX will have to adhere to “periodic buildout requirements” in those 35 locations to get access to the FCC’s funds. In all, the winning bidders are getting $9.2 billion out of the $16 billion the FCC set aside for the phase 1 auction. The remaining amount will be rolled over into phase 2, which will cover partially served areas and now has an $11.2 billion budget. ...
    SpaceX deploys 60 Starlink satellites in orbit.SpaceX The Federal Communications Commission awarded Elon Musk's SpaceX with nearly $900 million worth of federal subsidies to support rural broadband customers through the company's Starlink satellite internet network, the agency announced on Monday. SpaceX won $885.5 million in the FCC's $9.2 billion auction, or about a tenth of the funds awarded to 180 companies. Known as the "Phase I auction" of the FCC's $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunities Fund, the subsidies are designed to be an incentive for broadband providers to bring service to the "unserved" and hard-to-reach areas of the United States. The subsidies will "be distributed over the next 10 years," the FCC said, in the form of "equal monthly payments" – so long as each provider "meets all deployment milestones" for bringing broadband service to the areas bid and won. "Funds will be distributed when applicants complete the long form...
    America has become a tale of two vastly different places economically, culturally, geographically and politically. Those parts of the country that have experienced continual growth – largely centered in our cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions – have decidedly pulled away economically from other parts of the U.S. The pattern of cities driving economic outcomes has been growing for a generation, but what has decidedly shifted in this last presidential election is that cities – and their suburbs – made the difference in electing the next president of the United States. [ READ: How Jow Biden Won the Electoral College ]The conversation about presidential elections always centers on battleground states, when the real story is what is happening in our nation's local communities. Whether Democrats increase turnout in cities and metro regions or Republicans drive up voter turnout in rural areas and small towns is the deciding factor. Democrats have now...
    DEWITT COUNTY, Texas – More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccines are expected to come to Texas, and communities are finalizing details on storage, who will be involved, and where the distribution sites will be placed. While larger counties may have more resources to distribute the vaccine, smaller counties are also working out plans to get it to rural community members. DeWitt County, which has a population of more than 20,000 people, is seeing the excitement build over the new vaccines. “Some people are excited about it, and they want to be first in line. Some that I talked to today -- others are saying they’re going to wait and see,” said Cyndi Smith, emergency management coordinator for DeWitt County. H-E-B gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines Smith said five entities have registered to be distribution sites, including the Cuero/DeWitt County Health Department, Cuero Regional Hospital, two nursing facilities and the...
    An initiative for everyone From Hyundai they defend their faith in this initiative as the right solution for transfer transport solutions and alternatives to society, all of it. In this case, they must offer a service in accordance with the demands of those rural areas and, as Leopoldo Satrústegui, General Director of Hyundai Motor Spain explains: “Aware of the difficulties and limitations in some rural areas in Spain, we launched the first rural and electric carsharing in Campisábalos, Guadalajara “. The platform was very well received by citizens and seemed to them an inclusive mobility option, which rapidly improved the municipality’s transport. For this reason, Hyundai goes one step further with VIVe and its commitment to improve the quality of life of people through cars. The platform will not stay in the Sierra de Madrid, or that is the initial objective. After verifying the needs...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Photo by engin akyurt on UnsplashThe pendulum has swung. The virus that seemed so singularly urban is now ravaging the rural areas of our country. To be honest, we knew from the start this was an equal opportunity virus, a sliver of RNA that was incapable of recognizing whether its host shopped at Target or Fleet Farm, wore chinos or Carharts. Even so, it made sense on some level that the virus would hit population-dense urban areas the hardest and spare rural communities. After all, the virus is airborne, but it cannot fly. Like a nuclear chain reaction, if you spread humans out far enough the virus simply can’t find enough of them to keep the chain of infection going. Much...
    Although Pfizer recently announced its intention to apply for emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine, the need for dry ice when transporting and storing it presents a problem for distributing doses to rural areas. Tanya Alcorn, the vice president of Pfizer’s BioPharma Global Supply Chain, told CBS News on Friday that that greatest hurdle for distributing the vaccine is "doing so much in parallel," when it comes to shipping doses from manufacturing facilities to large-scale freezers in various states, which are then shipped to vaccination sites all over the country. The vaccine has to remain around 94 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, according to Alcorn, who said that Pfizer has created its own “thermal shipper,” which is roughly the size of a suitcase and holds about 1,000 vaccine doses at minimum. She added that “theres dry ice that goes around it. And then it has actually a device within it...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is offering drive-through COVID-19 testing on Saturday in rural areas in each of the three grand divisions. The testing is part of a continuing effort to curb a rising number of COVID-19 cases in rural counties, according to a news release from Gov. Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group. The testing will take place at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Savannah, Shelbyville’s Iglesia Nueva Vida in Bedford County, Pulaski’s Old Elliot-Popham Building in Giles County, and the Bradley County Health Department in Cleveland. Sites will be open from 9 a.m. to noon local time and will stay open until everyone in line has received a test. Tennessee National Guard medics and Tennessee Department of Health personnel will staff the testing sites. Participants should receive their results within 72 hours. Information will be provided at the testing locations on what participants can expect after being tested. Copyright...
    For the first time in decades, Georgia was a crucial swing state in the presidential race. One week after the election between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump, Georgia's results are still up in the air, with the candidates both hoping to claim the state's 16 electoral votes.  With 99% of ballots counted, Biden on Wednesday held a slim lead of about 14,108 votes, according to Fox News projections. But given the tight margin, election officials said Wednesday the state would conduct an audit of the election and recount by hand the nearly 5 million ballots cast. "With the margin being so close, it will require a full by hand recount in each county," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said during a news conference in Atlanta. "This will help build confidence." Biden's success in Georgia, which has not voted to elect a Democrat as president since 1992, was underscored by his support in the state's biggest cities,...
    The rapid influx of out-of-state transplants in North Carolina has drastically transformed its electorate, not only deepening the divide between rural red and urban blue areas, but also creating new political battlegrounds, as suburbs from larger cities like Charlotte and Raleigh have sprawled into older industrial towns. The North Carolina State Board of Elections had not officially called the race for either presidential candidate as of Monday, six days after polls closed nationwide. As of Monday, President Trump was leading by just 75,385 votes. He claimed 49.96% of the ballots counted so far, compared to the 48.58% tallied for former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the unofficial results published on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website. Biden was declared the projected winner and president-elect Saturday by most outlets, including the Fox News Decision Desk.  But Trump appeared to carry the state by a narrow margin not only due to...
    By Cara Murez, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- While young Americans' mental health appears to be getting worse, the places where help is needed most appear to have the fewest resources. A new study published in JAMA Network Open found that rural areas of the United States have fewer mental health services for young people. Previous studies have reported that they also have higher rates of youth suicide than urban areas do. "Youth mental health is something that seems to be getting worse, not better, because of COVID-19," said lead author Janessa Graves, assistant dean for undergraduate and community research at Washington State University College of Nursing. "We really need these resources to serve these kids." Using ZIP codes, researchers found 3.9% of rural areas have a mental health facility serving young people. That compares to 12.1% of metro areas and 15% of small-town ZIP...
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    As the coronavirus surges to more and more rural counties, it is threatening to spread to nursing homes in those areas. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities house many elderly with underlying medical conditions, a population that is at the highest risk of death from COVID-19. About 30% of nursing homes are in rural areas. Coronavirus cases in long-term care facilities appear to be on the rise nationwide. Research from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, a trade association of long-term and post-acute care providers, found that in late September cases rose slightly from 6,135 to 6,290, the first increase since July. While data on rural areas is sparse, reports from the Montana state government suggest that virus cases are increasing in rural nursing homes. An Oct. 7 report showed that 55 long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities had ongoing cases of the virus....
    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs plans to extend a state tax credit program that incentivizes job creation in rural areas to include positions that work remotely. The proposed rule change also would allow businesses to use their 2019 employment levels to seek the tax credit in the 2020 and 2021 tax years. "As the governor has encouraged, and to a large degree is still encouraging, remote work to be performed, we wanted to make sure that the rules were consistent with those directives," said Rusty Haywood, deputy commissioner of the agency's community development and finance division. Under the program, investors and business owners in rural areas can qualify for a tax break for creating jobs or investing in property in historic downtown areas in cities and towns with populations less than 15,000, dubbed rural zones. Employers who launch or expand a business in a designated...
    The Federal Communications Commission today launched the 5G Fund for Rural America, a 10-year, $9 billion program designed to help close the nation’s digital divide. The money will be used to expand 5G wireless broadband connectivity to areas of the United States that need this support, including regions without unsubsidized 4G LTE or 5G mobile broadband, and Tribal lands. Specifically, $680 million has been allocated for bidders focusing on Tribal lands. That’s all part of Phase I, which has been budgeted $8 billion. Phase II provides $1 billion plus any unused money from the first round to build out 5G networks in support of precision agriculture. Any bidder that receives money from the 5G Fund agrees to establish 5G mobile broadband at speeds of at least 35/3 Mbps.
    In recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has spread to rural America, particularly the Midwest. Nearly 70% of rural counties have infection rates of 100 per 100,000 population, a rate that the White House coronavirus task force considers to mean that the virus is spreading out of control. Counties that with "rural" population densities overlap with counties where the coronavirus positivity rate exceeds 9%. In Montana, for example, 29 of the 46 least-populated counties have positivity rates over 15%, according to data from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab. Two factors stand out as likely spreaders of the virus to rural areas: harvest time and the start of the school year at universities and colleges. One reason the virus didn't spread until fall is that some of the most prevalent crops in the Midwest, such as corn, are harvested in September and October. This brings in a lot of migrant workers...
    Rural counties in Ohio are seeing a faster rate of new coronavirus cases than metropolitan areas of the state, a new analysis shows. Tim Marema of the Daily Yonder looked at the data and concluded that rural countries nationwide are seeing surges in COVID-19 cases as cooler weather sets in. The analysis found that 160 counties were added to the federal governments "red-zone" list, which means they have at least 100 new COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 people. Overall, 69% of rural counties are in that classification, compared to 54% of metro counties. In Ohio, 62% of rural counties are now on the "red-zone" list. The states rate of new cases is 96.6 per 100,000 people in rural counties and 77.3 per 100,000 people in metro counties. "The surge in rural areas tells me theres really no place in America immune or protected from the virus," Marema said, according to...
    President Trump's 2020 presidential campaign has set its sights on Florida's rural voters, in an effort to repeat the electoral success that delivered the swing state for the commander-in-chief four years ago.  The president will rally in Ocala on Friday as he tries to appeal to rural and exurban voters with the election less than three weeks out, according to The Orlando Sentinel.  Trump exceeded 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s vote total in the state by the tens of thousands in Florida's rural areas when he faced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 2016. Counties like Lake, Marion, Brevard, Volusia, Hernando and Citrus north of Tampa are reportedly in the campaign's crosshairs and will be vital to capturing the state's 29 electoral votes.  Trump ultimately won the state in the last presidential election cycle by around 1.2 percent or just under 113,000 votes.  TRUMP CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF FLORIDA 'FIGHTERS AGAINST SOCIALISM' BUS TOUR Video“He’s going to...
    By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in rural and urban areas, including a 93% increase among Nashville children up to 17 years old since September began, city officials said Thursday. It's possible the increase extends to schoolchildren’s families, according to Nashville health officials, because cases among those 35 to 44 years old are up 27.3%, and up 32.5% among 45- to 54-year-olds. According to state data, Nashville has seen 2,701 confirmed cases among children ages 5 to 18, up by 161 over the past 14 days. The increase comes just as Nashville's public schools have begun in-person classes this week, so the infections would almost entirely predate that. Instead of stemming from in-class instruction, the infections seem to originate from extracurricular activities and social gatherings, officials said, though a few private schools have closed temporarily due to COVID-19 so...
    Rents in the nation’s largest cities have tumbled since last year because of the pandemic, according to data released Tuesday by Realtor.com. Of the largest 100 counties, 36 saw year-over-year declines in one-bedroom rents in September. That is up from six in March. The rents for two-bedroom apartments fell in 25 of the largest 100 countries, up from 12 in March. The declines began in March, the report states, when coronavirus infections were an issue in cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The median rent for a studio apartment in San Francisco was roughly $2,200 last month, 31% lower than it was a year ago. In the Big Apple, the median rent for a studio apartment in September declined over 15% from last year to roughly $2,500. The drop in rent comes as people flee large cities to escape the pandemic and settle...
    With online shopping and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “brick-and-mortar” stores in Illinois are struggling to survive, but dollar stores continue to be a success story. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar General continue to expand, especially in rural areas. Dollar General was the top chain for new locations in 2019, and 75 percent of its outlets were in towns with a population under 20-thousand. It has grown to over 16,000 outlets last year with 135,000 employees. There are 89 Illinois cities that are home to Dollar General outlets. Dr. Chris Merrett from the Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University in Macomb, calls it a “counter-intuitive business model”, especially for Dollar General, with 42 percent located in rural areas. “We were very worried about the retail apocalypse, right?” Merrett said. “Malls closing, big box stores closing, and yet despite all of those closures, Dollar General has continued...
    Parts of the US that lack good broadband infrastructure are being handed a lifeline by T-Mobile after being cast adrift by AT&T. T-Mobile is offering home LTE broadband to 450 areas that it says that AT&T is “deserting,” and opening the service to non-T-Mobile customers as well. It says that it is providing a salve for the households that are “sick and tired of their internet access provider jerking them around.” At the start of October, AT&T opted to stop selling new DSL services, although existing subscribers could continue to enjoy connectivity. This does, however, mean that people moving to rural areas that only has copper-cable capacity will be starved of the ability to sign up to the slow, but reliable, standard. According to a third-party analyst quoted by USA Today, AT&T had around a million DSL customers. 
    It’s not uncommon for households in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to lose internet for a full day. The last time it happened, back in the spring, Christina Rothermel-Branham connected herself (a professor at Northeastern State University, teaching online) and her son (a kindergartener at Heritage Elementary, learning online) to the hotspot on her phone. Luckily, nobody had a Zoom call scheduled that day; worksheets and YouTube videos proceeded as planned. Rothermel-Branham’s son is now in first grade. He has multiple Zoom sessions per day and takes online classes through Outschool. She doesn’t know what they’ll do the next time their house loses service. She hopes her phone’s hotspot will be able to handle both of their video calls at once — but she’s worried that it won’t. Rothermel-Branham’s son is one of the millions of students around the US who are currently taking some (or all) of their classes remotely. That’s...
    Fresh on the heels of spreading hoax rumors about “antifa buses” coming to rural towns to create mayhem, right-wing conspiracists eager to spread the narrative about the supposed existential threat posed by black-clad antifascist activists have a hot new fraud for their armies of gullible social-media followers: The forest fires raging along the West Coast from California to Washington are an antifa plot! The rumors—spread first by far-right activists, then parroted by followers living in areas where the fires are raging—claim that a handful of arrests for arson in unrelated fires are proof that the fires are being coordinated by leftists intending harm to befall rural Trump-supporting regions. “It’s the antifa burning EVERYTHING down!” shrieked one QAnon believer who chimed in on Twitter. Among the leading spreaders of the false rumors is a right-wing online publication catering to police officers, Law Enforcement Today, which posted an article claiming that the “wildfires on the West Coast may be a ‘coordinated...
    Vice President Mike Pence had a simple message for supporters when he stopped at a campaign office in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. “The road to victory goes straight through Pennsylvania,” he said. He could have been more specific. It runs through towns such as Murrysville in Westmoreland County, outside Pittsburgh, where, in 2016, voters plumped for candidate Trump by a margin of almost 2 to 1. This time around, President Trump, his family, and his vice president are peppering the area with appearances in an effort to maintain enthusiasm and ensure the sort of turnout that could help them hold on to Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes. Last week, Trump addressed hundreds of supporters in a hangar at a nearby airport. He returns on Friday to neighboring Somerset County to mark the anniversary of 9/11 at the national memorial to Flight 93 at Shanksville. But Democrats sense an opportunity...
              U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is applauding a federal initiative to grow the availability of telehealth for rural areas. The Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services and the U.S. Department Of Agriculture last week announced they signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Rural Telehealth Initiative. The initiative is a joint effort to collaborate and share information to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas around America. Blackburn said in a statement, “We’re seeing increased adoption of telehealth in rural areas for one reason: telehealth works. This FCC-HHS-USDA collaboration will addresses challenges inhibiting communities from access to telehealth, whether that be lack of broadband access or problems with provider service. Telehealth’s growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has alleviated high volumes of in-patient care tremendously. I look forward to seeing...
    The Trump administration is strongly committed to providing faith leaders with the tools to help fight against drug addiction in rural areas, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll wrote in Christianity Today on Wednesday. After acknowledging that a survey estimates that almost half the adults in rural areas have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis, Carroll laid out what he said were the steps the Trump administration has taken to deal with the problem. He said that efforts have been focused on creating tools to empower rural leaders to take action in the belief that the most effective answers to battling addiction are built at a community level. One such example is the Community Assessment Tool, which Carroll said provides rural areas "with comprehensive data and information that allows local law enforcement and community leaders to target and address the areas of greatest need."...
    Rural Minnesota communities need to take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a top White House coronavirus response official on Sunday, and all Minnesotans should take more care if they choose to meet with family and friends. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, met with Gov. Tim Walz and health care and community stakeholders near the Capitol in St. Paul on Sunday before holding a media availability to discuss the closed talks. It’s Birx’s latest visit as she travels the country to better understand states’ coronavirus response. She visited North Dakota a day prior and planned to continue through the Midwest in coming days. Birx said Minnesota has taken strong precautions to stave off the disease, but around the state, not all are abiding by mandates to wear face masks or limiting gatherings. And that could allow the disease to continue spreading in Minnesota,...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus caseload topped 3 million on Sunday, with the country leading the world in new infections as the disease marched through impoverished rural areas in the north and the wealthier but older populations of the south. Health authorities reported 10,339 new cases and 912 deaths, bringing the total to 3,044,940. Cases have leveled off in India’s two largest cities, with serological surveys showing widespread prevalence among the residents of the capital, New Delhi, and financial center Mumbai. New hot spots continue to feed surges in cases in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states in India’s north, and in the southern states of Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India coronavirus cases top 3 million, leading the world in new infections as disease spreads to rural areas. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By RANDY DOCKENDORF, Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — Josh Hofer knows about marketing — after all, he founded a festival based on meat cubes that has drawn thousands of visitors. The Freeman native helped launch the South Dakota Chislic Festival in his hometown. The one-day event featured chislic — skewered meat, usually lamb or mutton, cooked over a grill — introduced by the German-Russian settlers of this town of 1,300 residents. Hofer and other organizers hoped for 1,000 visitors — but were greeted by an estimated 8,000. “We were overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up. We never expected that type of response,” he said. Now, he wants to repeat that type of community success — and the lessons learned in the process — across South Dakota, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported Hofer is the newest member of SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality...
    The median sale price for homes in rural areas nationwide increased 11.3% year over year in the four weeks ending August 2; it rose 9.2% in suburban areas, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Urban areas saw a smaller 6.7% home-price increase. Homes in rural areas have had higher price growth than suburban and urban areas since April. “We’ve been speculating about increasing interest in the suburbs and rural areas since the start of the pandemic,” said Redfin economist Taylor Marr. “Now we’re seeing concrete evidence that rural and suburban neighborhoods are more attractive to homebuyers than the city, partly because working from home means commute times are no longer a major factor for some people. And due to historically low mortgage rates, interest is turning into action. There will always be buyers who choose...
    By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials need to figure out better ways to track the coronavirus in rural, sparsely populated areas where fewer people are getting tested, a top White House coronavirus official said Friday. Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, said health officials are struggling at times to get a sense of how the virus is spreading outside metro areas. People in rural areas are often more self-reliant and reluctant to get tested, and in some remote counties, one positive case can lead people to conclude that the virus is more widespread than it actually is, Birx said after meeting with Gov. Pete Ricketts. Her comments echoed Ricketts' remark last week that some Nebraska counties are so remote that even one confirmed case would result in an abnormally high rate of positive cases. “What this trip has taught...
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    Seventy-one people tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an event at a winery in northwestern Ohio as experts raise alarm about such gatherings fueling the rampant spread of the virus in rural Midwestern communities.   Kati Finn and six of her girlfriends were among the people who are believed to have contracted the virus at the event at Leisure Time Winery in Napoleon, where they played a game called 'Name That Tune' with about 90 other guests.   Finn, a middle-school secretary from Defiance, Ohio, said she was shocked that all of her friends fell ill after the gathering, where she said everyone practiced social distancing and servers wore masks and gloves.  'It's insane to me that we all got COVID-19 and yet everything seemed so safe there,' she told the Wall Street Journal this week.  Officials said infections linked to the event tripled the total number of cases in Henry County,...
    Mother Jones illustration; Matter of Fact with Soledad OBrien For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.As the world grapples with the devastation of the coronavirus, one thing is clear: The United States simply wasn’t prepared. Despite repeated warnings from infectious disease experts over the years, we lacked essential beds, equipment, and medication; public health advice was confusing; and our leadership offered no clear direction while sidelining credible health professionals and institutions. Infectious disease experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before the next pandemic hits, and that one could be even more deadly. So how do we fix what COVID-19 has shown was broken? In this Mother Jones series, we’re asking experts from a wide range of disciplines one question: What are the most important steps we can take to make sure we’re better prepared next time around? As the head lobbyist for the National...
    AMADOR COUNTY (CBS13) — The need for technology is still high in California as students start another round of distance learning. In rural areas, there are still questions circling around how to connect if service is spotty. “If thousands of students and teachers log on for distance learning, can our internet provider handle that load or is it going to crash?” asked Heather Hammergren, who lives in Volcano. A valid question Hammergren in Amador County, where for her daughter a hot spot isn’t helpful and the internet can be spotty. “If she’s in the middle of a lesson or needs to get on at a certain time and we don’t have internet connection, how is that going to affect her?” Hammergren asked. The digital divide is still strong as the state says thousands are still in need of devices or hot spots to start the year. READ: School Districts Push Back...
    California’s second surge of the coronavirus has resulted in a near doubling of weekly deaths since the spring — with almost 1,000 fatalities in the last week alone — and radically shifted the geography of the outbreak, a Times data analysis found. Suburban and agricultural areas that had been relatively spared California’s first surge of the virus are now being ravaged. And urban areas such as Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area are reporting fatality numbers just as high, if not higher, than in the spring. The Central Valley has become home to one of the worst coronavirus hot spots in the country. In eight southern Central Valley counties, weekly COVID-19 deaths have jumped from about 20 a week in April to nearly 200 a week in the last two weeks, a Times analysis found. San Joaquin Valley residents make up 20% of recent deaths statewide,...
    By Krishna N. Das and Sudarshan Varadhan BAIHATA CHARIALI/KARALAPAKKAM, India (Reuters) - Harmahan Deka doesn't wear a mask anymore to avoid the novel coronavirus nor does he try to keep a safe distance from others. For the 25 men and women he works with in his construction materials business near the small town of Baihata Chariali in India's Assam state, life is more or less as it used to be, Deka says. "The virus can't attack me, it's weakened," the 50-year-old diabetic said. "I often hang out at a busy neighbourhood grocery store - without masks, nothing. Both the store owner and I are fine. Maybe we've had it already without symptoms." In two dozen small towns and villages visited by Reuters reporters in recent weeks, people have largely given up on social distancing and masks after months of sticking to the rules, believing the virus is not such a...
    Indigenous adults in the U.S. face significant health disparities regardless of whether they live in rural or urban areas, a new analysis shows. From 2014 to 2018, about 1 in 5 adults who were American Indian or Alaska Native were reportedly in fair or poor health, compared with 12.1% of U.S. adults overall, according to the new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while in general, adults in rural areas were more likely to be in worse health than those who lived in more urban areas, AIAN adults were more likely to be in fair or poor health than adults overall at every level of urban-rural status. With the Indigenous population in the U.S. – an estimated 5.2 million people – spread among reservations and tribal lands, rural areas, suburbs and cities, the report notes that "understanding the factors driving differences in health status and disability...
    Matthew Chapman August 4, 2020 6:05PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story On CNN Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) laid into Louis DeJoy, the controversial GOP megadonor just appointed to serve as President Donald Trump's postmaster general amid fears he will try to sabotage the Postal Service for personal gain or to block mail-in votes. "There is talk, Senator, of the Post Office being told to cut back on deliveries or change the way they operate," said anchor John Berman. "This in the middle of the pandemic. This with an election 90 some days away. What does that say to you?" : "Mr. DeJoy does not want to work with us or understand the lifeline that a post office is all across America, especially in rural America," said Manchin, a conservative Democrat who represents a number of rural mining communities. "We had letters go out to post offices in West...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth services for 57 million Americans in under-served rural areas and elsewhere, after virtual visits soared during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, who is counting on votes from backers in rural areas in the 2020 presidential election, said the new order would ensure that telehealth services expanded during the pandemic remained in place even after the public health emergency ended. He also directed the Department of Health and Human Services to cut regulatory burdens and develop a new payment model that allows rural providers to waive some existing Medicare rules and ensure more predictable financial payments. Americans in rural areas are more likely to die of five leading causes of death such as cancer and heart disease than their urban counterparts, the White House said, with transportation challenges, shortages of healthcare workers and a dwindling...
    Dr. Deborah Birx warned on Sunday that the coronavirus pandemic has entered "a new phase" in the U.S. and said the virus is "extraordinarily widespread" in rural areas that missed earlier waves.  "What we are seeing today is different from March and April," Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said in an interview with CNN. "It is extraordinarily widespread. It's into the rural as equal urban areas." The virus has now infected more than 4.6 million Americans. "To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus," she added.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Birx said that all Americans, no matter where they live, should follow the guidelines of wearing masks, practicing social distancing and maintaining good hygiene, such as regular hand washing. But she pointed out a special risk for rural residents and said some should already...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Most of Tennessee's new reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are now outside of the Nashville and Memphis metro areas, according to a report released Monday. The Vanderbilt University report says Tennessee's outbreak began concentrated in large urban areas but has moved into more rural communities with fewer health care resources. “Understanding this shift is critical for targeting resources and preparing to address increasing needs for services and effects on rural health care systems,” the report says. “As a largely rural state, Tennessee stands to be among the states most affected by this shift.” The report says that there are high overall numbers of new reported cases, so it doesn’t necessarily mean large metros are seeing fewer cases than earlier in the pandemic. Researchers wrote that cases and hospitalizations appear to be stable in large urban areas, while many small metro areas continue to see growth. Additionally,...
    White House coronavirus experts said Sunday the outbreak has hit a new phase, becoming “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as big cities.   “To everybody who lives in a rural area: You are not immune or protected from this virus,” Dr. Deborah Birx, White House task force coordinator, said on CNN Sunday.   She said the virus in August is not what it looked like in March and April, when only large cities and heavily populated states were reporting cases.     Birx stressed the importance of wearing masks indoors if the elderly or those with underlying health conditions are in the house.     A senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services, Admiral Brett Giroir, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press. He also talked about the importance of wearing masks and avoiding crowds.     “That’s why we’re going to all the states, we’re...
    Doctor Deborah Birx warned on Sunday that as the novel coronavirus pandemic enters a new phase that is impacting both those in rural and urban places equally, some people may need to start wearing masks even when they are at home. As The New York Times reports, the coordinator of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force warned those in the U.S. that the disease wasn’t the same as it was when it first started to impact the United States. Initially, the virus was mostly seen in urban areas and ports of entry for travel, such as New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco. This is something that those who live in less populated towns need to take seriously, she suggested. “What we are seeing today is different from March and April — it is extraordinarily widespread,” she said. “It’s into the rural as equal urban areas. So everybody who lives...
    Dr. Deborah Birx warned that citizens in rural areas need to be just as concerned about the spread of the coronavirus as those living in major cities. Birx, who is the coordinating doctor for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told CNN on Sunday that the United States has entered a "new phase" of the COVID-19 pandemic in which people in all parts of the country need to be worried about the virus spreading. "We are in a new phase," Birx said, adding, "I want to be very clear. What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas. And to everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus." "And that's why we keep saying no matter where you live in America, you need to wear...
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    Voters cast their ballots at the WCR Hall November 6, 2012, in Macksburg, Iowa. It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up any time: Just visit our group or follow the Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party. In my normal structure of Nuts & Bolts, I work to help someone who may never be involved directly in a campaign understand how a small campaign may work. I try not to cover the large scale items or very complex workings—like communications and field campaign strategies, which get too detailed, and are better done in person or through an...
    BEIJING, July 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Wednesday inspected northeast China’s Jilin Province. In Lishu County in Siping City, Xi visited the demonstration zone and farmers’ cooperative at a green food raw material production base. He learned about the area’s food production, protection and utilization of black soil, and how they are implementing large-scale agricultural mechanization. In 2019, Jilin’s total annual output edged up 2.45 billion kilograms to reach 38.78 billion kilograms, with the net growth leading the country by constituting 41.2 percent of its total increase. Xi later visited Siping Battle Memorial Hall, where he relived the history of the revolution and paid respect to the revolutionary martyrs. Looking back, Xi visited Jilin Province in July 2015 and September 2018, respectively. Read more: Xi stresses on revitalization of northeast Chinahttps://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414e7a45544e7a457a6333566d54/index.html Regional revitalization In...
    CLINTON, La. (AP) — The statue of the anonymous Confederate soldier has stood in front of the white-columned East Feliciana Parish courthouse for more than a century, leaning on his rifle as he looks down on trucks hauling timber and residents visiting the bank across the street. It withstood an attempt to remove it in 2016. The local doctor who asked the southeast Louisiana parish to move it lost two friends in the controversy, but the statue stayed. In 2018, a Black man who was a defendant in a trial petitioned to have his case moved, saying the statue was a symbol of racism. He lost that fight, and the statue stood. Now, as protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis focus attention on the hundreds of Confederate statues still standing across the Southern landscape, officials in the rural parish of roughly 20,000 people have voted 5-3...
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    Jack Nicklaus edges Tiger Woods to win Open for the Ages Royal wedding venues revealed The Big Move to Small Towns and Suburbs: An Update © Provided by The Motley Fool The Big Move to Small Towns and Suburbs: An Update The debate over the big move from urban centers to suburban or small-town locations is heating up. Investors who focus on secondary and tertiary real estate markets have been laser-focused on this demographic trend amidst the pandemic. On one side, data shows us interest in small-town, rural, and suburban living is increasing, but some commentators disagree. So where are we at? New data suggests that interest continues to grow in small-town and rural areas of the U.S. Further, rural and small-town markets are seeing increased buyer demand and fewer shifts in intended buying locations. Here's an overview of the suburban move trend and what it means for real...
    By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - The number of coronavirus cases in India neared one million on Thursday as infection numbers rose in the countryside, pushing authorities to reinstate lockdowns across several states. India reported a record 32,696 new cases of the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 968,876 with 24,915 deaths, according to data from the federal health ministry. The country of 1.3 billion people is behind only the United States and Brazil in the number of confirmed infections and there is no sign yet of the curve flattening. India's testing rate is also among the lowest in the world in relation to its population. While major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai were among the initial hotspots of the virus in India, newer cases are emerging in rural areas where healthcare infrastructure is much weaker. A fresh lockdown was imposed on Thursday in...
    Joanna NeliusJust now•Filed to:Internet!Internet!Net Neutralitybroadbandjoe bidenfccSaveThe presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at McGregor Industries on July 09, 2020 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) If elected president, Joe Biden has big plans. In addition tackling climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, and providing universal health care, Biden aims to restore net neutrality rules and get rid of laws that block municipal broadband, or internet access that’s provided fully or partially by local governments. He outlined the plan in a task force document drafted with Bernie Sanders. “As millions of Americans have stayed at home to prevent the spread of the pandemic, it is plain to see that in the 21st century, the internet is not optional: It is a vital tool for participating in the economy, and all Americans need access to high-speed, affordable broadband service,” the Biden-Sanders unity task force said in the document released...
    The full version of the Moving Forward Act isn’t likely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. However, the broadband-related amendments may still have a chance, said Matt Wood, President of Policy and General Council at Free Press Action, a media advocacy group. “While the party-line vote on the full bill is a fact of our current politics, no one should make the mistake of thinking the broadband provisions are partisan,” Wood said. “People in cities and rural areas alike need better broadband at better prices, no matter their party or politics.” The bill is just one of many recent efforts by the government to close the “digital divide.” In February 2019, President Donald Trump unveiled the American Broadband Initiative aimed at bringing broadband to rural America. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission committed $20.4 billion to the same end.
    By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mauree Turner is a living example of the growing diversity of big cities. The 27-year-old gay, Black, Muslim woman knocked off a three-term, white male incumbent to win the Democratic nomination for a state legislative seat. People like her have won elections in liberal states on the east and west coasts, but until Tuesday, it had never happened in conservative Oklahoma. Turner's race in Oklahoma City in the state's primary election illustrates a growing political dynamic that now rivals in importance the well known divide between red states and blue states. That's the gap between urban and rural areas almost everywhere. Even in a state that considers itself the reddest of the red, cities like Oklahoma City, with a population of 650,000, are giving Democrats a real chance of winning office for the first time in years. Like other urban areas,...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mauree Turner is a living example of the growing diversity of big cities. The 27-year-old gay, Black, Muslim woman knocked off a three-term, white male incumbent to win the Democratic nomination for a state legislative seat. People like her have won elections in liberal states on the east and west coasts, but until Tuesday, it had never happened in conservative Oklahoma. Turner’s race in Oklahoma City in the state’s primary election illustrates a growing political dynamic that now rivals in importance the well known divide between red states and blue states. That’s the gap between urban and rural areas almost everywhere. Even in a state that considers itself the reddest of the red, cities like Oklahoma City, with a population of 650,000, are giving Democrats a real chance of winning office for the first time in years. Like other urban areas, Oklahoma City has gotten younger...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mauree Turner is a living example of the growing diversity of big cities. The 27-year-old gay, Black, Muslim woman knocked off a three-term, white male incumbent to win the Democratic nomination for a state legislative seat. People like her have won elections in liberal states on the east and west coasts, but until Tuesday, it had never happened in conservative Oklahoma. Turner’s race in Oklahoma City in the state’s primary election illustrates a growing political dynamic that now rivals in importance the well known divide between red states and blue states. That’s the gap between urban and rural areas almost everywhere. Even in a state that considers itself the reddest of the red, cities like Oklahoma City, with a population of 650,000, are giving Democrats a real chance of winning office for the first time in years. Like other urban areas, Oklahoma City has gotten younger...
    For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections, as worries shift from major cities to rural areas. While much of the focus of concerns that the United States is entering a dangerous new phase has been on big Sunbelt states that are reporting thousands of new cases a day — like Texas and Florida — the worrying trend is also happening in places like Kansas, where livestock outnumber people. In early June, Kansas looked to be bringing its outbreak under control, but its daily reported case numbers have more than doubled in recent weeks. On June 5, the seven-day average for daily new cases hovered at around 96; by Friday, that figure was 211. Idaho and...
    BRET JASPERS, KJZZ Central Arizona has been booming — more people, more houses, more need for water. There’s also a long-term drought, and less water to buy from the Central Arizona Project canal system. It’s leading Phoenix exurbs to cast about, looking for new buckets. Other regions of the state say: Don’t come here. “They want to come and take from the rural counties, which is completely wrong, in my opinion,” said Holly Irwin, a county supervisor in La Paz County, in far-west Arizona. Her district is where the Colorado River runs along lush irrigated farmland and small towns. Irwin is pushing back against a plan to transfer water rights from some privately-owned farms there to the Town of Queen Creek, likely never to return, KJZZ reported. To her, it’s a slippery slope. “There’s already people in line waiting to see if this is going to go through — entities,”...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health care systems, communities and social service organizations in rural parts of New Hampshire and Vermont have dealt well with the coronavirus and their efforts contributed to the low numbers of cases, according to a Dartmouth College report. But the report issued this month found the coronavirus has taken a financial toll on health care organizations in the region. “This study highlights the urgent need for strategic support to temper the devastating financial and social impacts of the crisis," according to the report that is part of a larger effort to understand health equity in northern New England amid the pandemic. “Left unsupported, the pandemic threatens the stability of already fiscally stressed rural health systems and communities.” Among the findings were that health care systems quickly responded to the outbreak and, along with communities and social services organizations, protected the most vulnerable populations. The report also...
    NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload has risen to 425,282 as infections soar in rural areas to which migrant workers fleeing major cities have returned in recent weeks. India’s health ministry on Monday reported 14,821 new cases and about 300 new deaths, bring the toll of fatalities up to more than 13,000. The coastal state of Goa reported its first COVID-19 death. India is the fourth most-affected country globally after the United States, Brazil and Russia. India’s government planning body Niti Aayog says infections have now emerged in 98 out of 112 of the country’s poorest districts. The Indian government ran special trains to bring thousands of migrant workers back to their ancestral villages in recent weeks. Still, about 60% of India’s cases have been reported in the states of Delhi, which includes the national capital of New Delhi, Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital Mumbai and Tamil Nadu, where...
    NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload has risen to 425,282 as infections soar in rural areas to which migrant workers fleeing major cities have returned in recent weeks. India’s health ministry on Monday reported 14,821 new cases and about 300 new deaths, bring the toll of fatalities up to more than 13,000. The coastal state of Goa reported its first COVID-19 death. India is the fourth most-affected country globally after the United States, Brazil and Russia. India’s government planning body Niti Aayog says infections have now emerged in 98 out of 112 of the country’s poorest districts. The Indian government ran special trains to bring thousands of migrant workers back to their ancestral villages in recent weeks. Still, about 60% of India’s cases have been reported in the states of Delhi, which includes the national capital of New Delhi, Maharashtra,...
    NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload has risen to 425,282 as infections soar in rural areas to which migrant workers fleeing major cities have returned in recent weeks. India’s health ministry on Monday reported 14,821 new cases and about 300 new deaths, bring the toll of fatalities up to more than 13,000. The coastal state of Goa reported its first COVID-19 death. India is the fourth most-affected country globally after the United States, Brazil and Russia. India’s government planning body Niti Aayog says infections have now emerged in 98 out of 112 of the country’s poorest districts. The Indian government ran special trains to bring thousands of migrant workers back to their ancestral villages in recent weeks. Still, about 60% of India’s cases have been reported in the states of Delhi, which includes the national capital of New Delhi, Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital Mumbai and Tamil Nadu, where...
    By THOMAS BEAUMONT In the lake country 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, hundreds danced, prayed and demanded racial justice in Cadillac, a Michigan town that was long home to a neo-Nazi group. It was not an isolated scene. In eastern Ohio, even more demonstrated in rural Mount Vernon, a town with its own current of racial intolerance, just as others did in Manheim, Pennsylvania, a tiny farming town in Lancaster County, with its small but active Ku Klux Klan presence. The protest movement over black injustice has quickly spread deep into predominantly white, small-town America, notably throughout parts of the country that delivered the presidency for Donald Trump. Across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, more than 200 such demonstrations have taken place, many in cities with fewer than 20,000 residents, according to local media, organizers, participants and the online tracking tool CrowdCount. “That’s what’s so striking, that these...
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