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WKU’s Maggie Lewis chosen for QatarDebate Elite Academy; only non-native Arabic speaker selected from USA

Western Kentucky University senior Maggie Lewis of Shepherdsville has been selected to join the QatarDebate Elite Academy. “I couldn’t feel more privileged, honored or excited to take on such a unique and challenging opportunity,” said Lewis, an Arabic major and 2018 graduate of The Gatton Academy. “Being selected to be part of QatarDebate’s Elite Academy is something that I never anticipated...

New mapping tool shows county-level data on Appalachian opioid overdoses, socioeconomic data

A new data visualization tool offers in-depth, county-by-county information about the impact of the opioid epidemic in Appalachia and how it relates to factors such as unemployment, poverty, education and disability. A screen cap from the map showing opioid overdose rates withthe highest rates in dark blue (Click the image to enlarge) The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool, developed by research organization...

Rural Blog: Study says lack of affordable health care one of biggest problems facing nation’s farmers

A new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that lack of access to affordable health care is one of the biggest problems facing American farmers, affecting their risk management, productivity, health, retirement, the need for a secondary source of income, and land access for new farmers. “The rising cost of healthcare and the availability of affordable health insurance have...