Building Strong Communities

A Democratic Governor’s Rural Strategy: Highways for Counties that Went for Trump

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper will spend millions on road improvements in four rural mountain counties that went Republican in 2016. Murphy, North Carolina – Roy Cooper is the arrow-straight, paunch-free current first-term Democratic governor of North Carolina. His model appearance and demeanor at 62 are likely to make Republicans a […]

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Drag Queen Story Hour Brings LGBTQ-Friendly Fun to the South

Teaching inclusivity and diversity to kids is important—but especially where LGBTQ role models are less visible. In patent leather stilettos and sparkling diamond eyelashes, Rylee Hunty closely held the attention of dozens of bright-eyed schoolchildren. Perched on a thronelike chair, his legs primly crossed and tucked to the side, Hunty […]

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Communities With Culture of Volunteerism May Be Healthier, Research Indicates

Seven of the leading causes of death are higher in Appalachia compared with the nation as a whole. But amid that grim news, there’s some diversity in these statistics. When researchers analyzed all 420 counties in Appalachia, they found that 42 outperformed their statistical odds. A team of researchers has been studying […]

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