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Defining rural: How one word's meaning determines eligibility for crucial funding

From government grants to political proposals, there’s no shortage of people promising to help rural America.

But there are literally dozens of definitions of what rural means. And depending on where a small town falls in the pecking order, it could be ineligible for some crucial funding.

Jonathan Ahl of St. Louis Public Radio reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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