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Center for Community Solutions researcher John Begala
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A study released in 2016 showed rural areas are disproportionately poor, uneducated and pay relatively high costs for crime and disability because of the loss of good jobs, local businesses and opioid abuse. But there’s an idea being floated to establish a special state fund for those rural counties.

10:00... Four years ago from this upcoming Monday a Minneapolis bridge carrying I-35W over the Mississippi River suddenly collapsed. The bridge was designed to carry 66,000 cars a day, but failed to do so on August 1st, 2007, when it collapsed, killing 13 people and sending 98 to the hospital. This collapse signalled a deeper problem within the infrastructure system for this nation’s bridges and roads. Bridge and road conditions haven’t improved since, as an infrastructure report card from the American society of engineers  gave our highway system a D- ….