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A combination of factors is pushing some people in rural areas to consider moving closer to cities. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Inflation is crushing rural America and may even drive people to the cities

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From left: Cati Bennett, Frank Ruiz, Carla Stickler, Jack Elliot and Kristin Zawatski transformed their lives as a result of the pandemic. Beth Nakamura for NPR; Christopher Gregory for NPR; Taylor Glascock for NPR; Amanda Lucier for NPR; Vanessa Leroy/NPR hide caption

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St. Louis Cardinals players Curt Flood, Bill White and Bob Gibson, pictured in 1966, 1962 and 1967, respectively. They are the focus of a new History Channel documentary about the Black baseball players who followed Jackie Robinson into the major league. AP hide caption

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Black baseball players struggled long after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier

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Baxter Black performs at Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival in Indio, California, in April 2010. The cowboy poet, former veterinarian and longtime Morning Edition commentator died on Friday at age 77. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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Baxter Black, cowboy poet and 'Morning Edition' commentator, dies at 77

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams testifies during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Jason Andrew/AP hide caption

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Mayor Eric Adams says gun violence is everyone's problem. Here's how NYC tackles it

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On Wednesday, The Onion's website was plastered with variations of the satirical piece it's republished after more than 20 mass shootings. Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers a statement by videolink during an event on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on Wednesday. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Law enforcement work the scene on Tuesday after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images hide caption

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Jerry Marinich (right), the Forsyth County, Ga., Republican Party chairman, poses at the party headquarters with Bea Wilson and Ed Murray, two recently trained poll watchers. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Ukrainian servicemen from the Azovstal steel plant sit on a bus near a penal colony, in Olyonivka, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, on Friday. AP hide caption

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Russia aims to capitalize on controlling the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol

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A woman walks through the Oleksiivska station in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Thousands of residents have been sheltering in the city's subway stations, but the mayor says it's safe to emerge now that Russian forces are retreating. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Attorney Benjamin Crump, accompanied by the family of Ruth Whitfield, a victim of shooting at a supermarket, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Buffalo, N.Y., on Monday. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol business meeting on Capitol Hill March 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Refugees from war-torn regions of Ukraine board a coach to Warsaw at a coach station on Saturday in Lviv, Ukraine. A U.N. agency estimates that nearly 5 million jobs have been lost in Ukraine since Russia first invaded in late February. Leon Neal/Getty Images hide caption

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Siemens headquarters in Munich, Germany, pictured in May 2019. The German industrial giant is ending operations in Russia after more than a century. Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Ukraine's band "Kalush Orchestra" celebrate their qualification during the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song contest 2022 on Tuesday at the Palalpitour venue in Turin. The second semifinal is on Thursday, with the grand final set for Saturday. Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Journalists conduct interviews on the doorstep of an hotel on Maidan Square on March 1, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Pulitzer Prize Board is honoring the courage and commitment of Ukranian journalists. Pierre Crom/Getty Images hide caption

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Residents receive food supplies May 7 as volunteers deliver daily from a warehouse of a humanitarian aid distribution center in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine Yasyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine at Independence Square in front of the Parliament Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 24, 2022. Lithuania's parliament has since declared Russia a perpetrator of terrorism and genocide. Petras Malukas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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