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Registration now open for Oct. 11 conference in Grand Rivers on substance abuse, addiction

The Kentucky Rural Health Association is hosting the Western Kentucky Regional Community Education Day, designed to educate and stimulate community discussion around substance abuse and addiction. This year’s event is titled, “The Addiction & Substance Abuse Communities at a Crossroad.” Attendance is free, but registration is required. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 3...

Census Bureau shines spotlight on rural America, gives close look at changes in demography, work

By Tim Marema Daily Yonder The Census released its five-year American Community Survey data with a major focus on rural America. This is the year when there is more rural data available, but the release also comes after increased attention to the so-called information “bubble” after the presidential election. The Census Bureau put the spotlight on rural America recently when it released the results...

The war on heroin, once an urban battle, now being fought in rural white America

The war on heroin, once an urban plight that mostly afflicted African Americans, is now being fought in rural white America, Clyde Haberman reports for The New York Times. Over the past decade, 90 percent of first-time heroin users were white, typically people who progressed to heroin from prescription pain reliever drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet. The main reason that users switch to heroin...

The Rural Blog: Vilsack calls for ‘outrage,’
not ‘disappointment,’ at defeat of Farm Bill

By Al Cross Special to KyForward   In his first major speech since last Thursday’s surprise defeat of the Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said rural advocates have failed to express proper outrage about it. And his 42 minutes of remarks at the National Rural Assembly’s gathering near Bethesda, Md., also laid out some of the talking points he thinks they should make to...

Daily Yonder: Federal report shows rural broadband access still lags behind cities

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward   The nation’s most rural communities have broadband availability rates that are a third lower than the rates of big cities and suburbs, a federal report shows.   But within these broad findings, there are important variations in broadband access among U.S. cities, suburbs, towns and very rural areas.   The report, by the National Telecommunications...

Daily Yonder: Study shows rural towns fare better with Wal-Mart than without retailer

By Kenneth Stone Special to KyForward   Editor’s Note: In 1988, Iowa economist Kenneth Stone conducted the first study of the impact of Wal-Mart stores that were then springing up across rural America.   Stone’s original conclusion was that, yes, Wal-Mart took business from local retailers. But, he found, if local retailers could differentiate themselves from the selection of goods...

Daily Yonder: Influx of Hispanics good for rural population and economy, study shows

This map from the USDA's Economic Research Service shows the growth of Hispanic population in rural counties. A new study finds that this growth has led to higher rural incomes. (Source: Economic Research Service)   By Dennis Coates and T. H. Gindling Special to KyForward   Editor’s Note: Below is an excerpt from a recent paper that addresses the question of whether increasing Hispanic...

The Rural Blog: Many rural movie houses
may close due to costs of digital transition

By Ivy Brashear Special to KyForward   The film industry announced last year that it would no longer make film copies of its movies, and would only provide digital versions, forcing theaters across the U.S. to retire their 35mm projectors and go digital. That switch is not cheap, since digital projectors cost tens of thousands of dollars, and some small theaters would have to pay hundreds of thousands...