Friday, January 15, 2021

Quick hits: minor-league baseball getting squeezed by majors; FCC seeks input on pandemic telehealth program

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email us at

In an echo of rural-urban tensions, minor-league baseball teams are getting squeezed by their major-league counterparts. Read more here.

The myth of the "real American" stems partly from rural homogeneity, and it feeds the growing political rural-urban political polarization, writes a political educator and writer in an op-ed. Read more here.

New study, no surprise: Republicans who relied mostly on Trump for news are more concerned than other conservatives about election fraud. Read more here.

A former supervisor at a Western Kentucky coal mine has pleaded guilty to helping with a scheme to hide the threat of black-lung disease from federal safety inspectors. Read more here.

Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds from logging-related contamination. Read more here.

A Michigan judge nullified a critical permit for an open-pit mining project that's been debated for nearly two decades. Read more here.

A free, online webinar series aims to help rural grocery store owners plan ahead so their store can stay open after they retire. Read more here.

The Federal Communications Commission seeks public input on administering the second round of its pandemic telehealth program. Read more here.

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit plays an outsized role in poverty-stricken rural areas, writes columnist. Read more here.

How will Joe Biden's Pentagon handle extreme right-wing news media? Read more here.

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