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Monday, February 15, 2016

Oil, gas and agriculture struggles mean tough times in rural Kansas ( video) | The Wichita Eagle

Oil, gas and agriculture struggles mean tough times in rural Kansas ( video) | The Wichita Eagle: The sheer number of mud-spattered pickup trucks says a lot about what people here do all day.

For a century, the people of this central Kansas town have built a life around the up-and-down businesses of oil and farming.

These days, that’s not a happy thing.

Russell, like most of rural Kansas, is in recession. Plunging oil, gas and agriculture prices have forced businesses to lay off and families to cut back.