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USDA Announces Investments to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure and Increase Grid Resilience
Nov 8, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.6 billion in 46 rural electric utility infrastructure projects in 24 states. These projects, funded through the USDA's Electric Program, aim to improve electric operations and reliability.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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Category 5 Typhoon Yutu Devastates the Northern Marianas in Worst Storm to Hit Any Part of U.S. Since 1935
Oct 25, 2018 - Details the devastation in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands following Super Typhoon Yutu. Yutu is the most powerful tropical cyclone to hit any part of the United States since 1935 and has left the islands without critical infrastructure like electricity and clean water.
Source: The Washington Post
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Weeks after Hurricane Michael, Folks in Rural Part of Panhandle Ask: Where’s the Help?
Oct 25, 2018 - Details the struggles of residents in rural parts of Bay County, Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael. While more urban areas seem to be getting attention, people here are still living without power, sewer, and water.
Source: Seattle Times
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FEMA Assesses Needs Of Rural Residents In Florida's Panhandle
Oct 17, 2018 - Radio story following a FEMA search and rescue team flying over rural areas of Florida's panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael to offer help and assistance. Many people are relying on generators for electricity, although most of the roads have been cleared. In some places, running water and cell service is still out as well.
Source: NPR
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Decimated by Hurricanes, Rural America Needs Our Help
Oct 11, 2018 - Opinion piece discussing the need for better and more proactive policies to protect vulnerable rural areas along the coast from inland flooding caused by hurricanes, with a focus on North Carolina.
Source: The New York Times
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Hoeven Welcomes Passage Of America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA)
Oct 10, 2018 - Release from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs announcing the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act which will ensure support for water resource development projects in tribal communities. The bill passed the House in September and is now being forwarded for signature by President Trump.
Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Microsoft's Rural Access Program Enters Next Phase in Maine
Oct 10, 2018 - Highlights the next phase of Microsoft's Airband Initiative in Maine. The program provides funding to local internet service providers to expand broadband access to rural and hard to reach communities using alternate technologies like TV White Space and fixed fiber. Microsoft's ultimate goal is to increase access to telehealth services and to close the rural internet gap in the U.S. by July 2022.
Source: Mainebiz
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USDA Partners to Improve Community Infrastructure for 1.1 Million Rural Americans
Oct 8, 2018 - Announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture of $181 million in funding provided to rural communities through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program to make improvements to infrastructure and essential facilities.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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'You Just Don't Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary'
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses national water quality concerns related to infrastructure as well as environmental contamination, focusing on a Kentucky town near the West Virginia border to illustrate the issue. Most of the nation's pipes have reached their life expectancy point, but replacing the system would be incredibly expensive. Some water systems are privately owned as well, making infrastructure upgrades more complicated.
Source: NPR
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Report: Nitrate in Drinking Water a Costly Problem for Small, Rural Cities
Oct 2, 2018 - Focuses on a rural Minnesota town dealing with dangerous levels of nitrates in their drinking water to address the national issue. According to a new report, nitrate contamination in drinking water is worse in rural communities which are less likely to be able to afford to fix the problem.
Source: MPR News
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