News stories from the past 60 days.
Dec 3, 2019 - A small town in rural Kansas is utilizing their high-speed fiber-optic cable to bring Internet-based jobs to the region and improve the economic well-being of its residents. The broadband access has also allowed them to open a telemedicine office through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and helped create more educational opportunities.
Source: The New Yorker
Oct 24, 2019 - As rural hospitals continue to close their doors, two struggling hospitals in Kansas had no choice but to merge when a local millionaire offered to pay for the new facility. Describes how small hospitals can no longer afford to stay open but every time one closes, the community gets poorer and access to healthcare decreases.
Oct 18, 2019 - Features rural Kansas communities that are experiencing a faster than average population decline, but have the qualities of "shrink smart" towns because they remain committed to improving quality of life. To maintain the population they have, small towns must seize opportunities, such as building day-care centers, creating programs that provide internships for students, and opening businesses downtown.
Last Updated: 12/3/2019