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The Rural Advantage: How to Make the Best of What We Have

/   Melanie Plenda, The Keene Sentinel

Did you ever wonder what would have happened if Rapunzel, trapped in that tall tower in the middle of rural nowhere all those years, used her ingenuity and available resources to fashion her hair into some kind of ladder to get herself out? … By Melanie Plenda, The Keene Sentinel Read the full article here.

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Costs of living are eating Colorado’s prosperity, Bell Policy Center finds.

/   Joey Bunch, Durango Herald

The Bell Policy Center in Denver released a report Friday that should give pause to lawmakers giddy over the state’s appearance of prosperity. … By Joey Bunch, Durango Herald Read the full article here.

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Another explanation for why S.A. is so economically segregated

/   Fernando Centeno, San Antonio Express-News

Trinity professor Christine Drennon’s recent response (“Explaining economic segregation; Is San Antonio really the most economically segregated city in the U.S.?” Dec. 24, Opinion) to an assessment by the Economic Innovation Group in Washington, D.C., prompts me to respond in turn — in the context of having studied our socioeconomic record and as a native…

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The rise of the superstar company

/   Rana Foroohar, The Financial Times

It seems inevitable that Oprah Winfrey, America’s empathiser-in-chief, would emerge as the Democratic dream of a candidate to beat Donald Trump in 2020. … By Rana Foroohar, The Financial Times. Read the full article here.  

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Study Ranks St. Mary Among ‘distressed’ Areas

/   Bill Decker, St. Mary Now

For more than three years, St. Mary has blamed an economic downturn on a prolonged slump in oil prices dating to autumn 2014. … By Bill Decker, St. Mary Now Read the full article here.

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The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal.

/   Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

The first time Nick Mullins entered Deep Mine 26, a coal mine in southwestern Virginia, the irony hit him hard. … By Gwynn Guilford, Quartz Read the full article here.

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