Economy

Big Coal's war on its workers

September 1, 2015 - Fossil-fuel apologists have accused the Obama administration of waging a war on coal, but the real war is the one coal companies have for years carried out against the health and safety of their workforce.

Shortchanging rural America

July 23, 2015 - Child poverty rates are higher in rural areas, especially in the South, where the manufacturing decline has wiped out jobs and tax revenue. Yet these communities tend to receive less philanthropic support. Advocates across the region speak out about the problem in the latest installment of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation's Southern Voices oral history project.

Picture this: The geography of immobility

By MDC
July 2, 2015 - A new interactive map from the Urban Institute shows patterns of affluence across the country. Southern metro areas show clear clusters of affluence, indicating that resources and opportunities are concentrated in certain areas.