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How 18 million Americans could move into rural areas – without leaving home

Lawrence, Kan., is one of the communities that would go from being considered urban to rural. Ian Ballinger via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Devon Brenner, Mississippi State University and Jesse Longhurst, Southern Oregon University About 46 million Americans – 14% of the nation’s inhabitants – are currently classified as living in rural areas. That number

Politics

Biden shores up fragile ‘blue wall’ in industrial north

Joe Biden shored up the Democrats’ “blue wall,” — more sturdily in Michigan, more tenuously in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — to rebuild the party’s path back to the White House. And while The Associated Press had called all three states and their combined 46 Electoral College votes for Biden, the Democrat’s relatively narrow margins there

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NAU professors examine the role racial disparities play in mortality rates of rural, urban residents

Researchers have long found that general mortality estimates for whites and African Americans have consistently shown that black death rates exceed white rates. However, there is limited information on historical trends in mortality rates between older black and white adults living in urban societies compared with rural communities. A paper recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

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