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Rural Blog: Quick hits — top 10 ag stories of 2020 (school closures, country music, bike paths, more)

Here’s a roundup of stories with rural resonance:

Small banks helped businesses win more Paycheck Protection Plan loans. Read more here.

A school district is suing parents for unpaid textbook fees during the pandemic. Does your state allow such lawsuits? Read more here.

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Rural schools are more likely to hold in-person classes, but the pandemic is hitting staff and students in many areas, forcing closures. Read more here.

Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary is “feel-good but badly conceived entertainment,” writes one critic. Read more here.

Columnist shares ways to create caregiver-friendly workspaces in rural communities. Read more here.

DTN/The Progressive Farmer has the top 10 agriculture stories of 2020, one per day. Read more here.

A recent paper from the Aspen Institute takes a deep dive into the rural disparities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic and how they might be tackled. Read more here.

The proposed nationwide bike and foot path is making progress. Read more here.

If you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email heather.chapman@uky.edu The Rural Blog is a publication of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.

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