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Rural Blog: New 60-acre Ky. greenhouse is part of a plan to get fresher produce to Eastern U.S.

In Morehead, ground has been broken on a project that, its founder hopes, will help bring jobs to Eastern Kentucky and supply fresher produce to the Eastern U.S. AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb plans to build a series of huge greenhouses to grow tomatoes at first. The solar-power professional “has no prior experience in farming, but he has managed to attract $97 million in project financing...

Bill Straub: Questions surrounding Sec. Chao not surprising, considering the company she keeps

WASHINGTON – The family that grifts together sticks together. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, ostensibly a resident of Louisville even though she shows up about as frequently as the visiting team at Slugger Field, has been in the news lately, and not in a particularly flattering way. Apparently she’s taking lessons on how to soil her vaunted office from her husband of long standing, Senate...

Rural Blog: GateHouse, Gannett merger would create major concentration of newspaper control

Gannett and GateHouse Media, the largest newspaper publishers in the U.S., are considering a merger, according to The Wall Street Journal. If the deal goes through, “about 1 of every 6 daily newspapers in the United States would be owned by a single company. Totaled up, 267 dailies would fall under a single ownership and management,” Ken Doctor reports for Nieman Lab at Harvard University....

Drug overdose deaths now higher in rural areas than large metros; rise in opiate use to blame

Death rates from drug overdoses in rural areas have surpassed those in large metropolitan areas, reversing a historical trend, Jeanne Whalen reports for The Wall Street Journal. The main reason: the soaring rural opioid epidemic, led by an increased use of fentanyl, a cheap and easy-to-produce and easily available drug that is often mixed with heroin. Whalen writes, “Nationwide, 13,882 drug...