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News stories from the past 60 days.

USDA Invests $276 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure
Mar 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they are investing $276 million in loans through the USDA Rural Development's Electric Program. These loans will be used to build new and improve upon old rural electric infrastructure and support smart grid technologies in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, and Virginia.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse
Mar 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be hosting monthly roundtables from March through July on the opioid epidemic in rural areas. These regional roundtables will bring together rural partners in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maine, respectively, to address challenges and strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as how these measures can be replicated.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Kentucky Sues Cardinal Health For Flooding Rural Areas With Opioids
Feb 20, 2018 - The state of Kentucky is joining more than 300 others in filing a lawsuit against Cardinal Health over their distribution of opioid medications. The suit accuses Cardinal Health of excessive distribution, especially in rural areas of Eastern Kentucky, and of failing to report shipments of suspiciously large quantities of opioids.
Source: WOSU Public Media
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Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners' Disease
Feb 6, 2018 - In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirmed 416 cases of progressive massive fibrosis, or complicated black lung, in three clinics in central Appalachia from 2013 to 2017. This is the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported. To further complicate this issue, black lung is being found in young miners, indicating a more progressive disease.
Source: NPR
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Last Updated: 3/14/2018