Poverty

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Faith Leaders At Capitol To Urge Help For Poor, People Of Color

A multi-racial, multi-denominational group of clergy gathered at the State Capitol Thursday. They announced their commitment to engage Minnesota’s elected leaders, and promote policies that they say will eliminate racial and economic inequities.

01/29/2015

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Report Says Future Of Low Paid Workers Is Bleak

Despite the recent success in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage, a new report paints a bleak outlook for the state’s lowest paid workers. The worker rights groups, Working America and Take Action Minnesota, say a lot more is still needed to lift 622,000 Minnesotans out of poverty.

12/11/2014

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Census: More Than 175K MN Children Live In Poverty

Numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau reveal how many children in Minnesota are living in poverty. Fourteen percent of kids in the state of Minnesota lived in poverty in the last year. That’s about 176,000 children.

09/18/2014

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Somali Group Pushes For Non-Pork Food Shelf

Issues of poverty and hunger in the Somali-American Community has many searching for a food shelf that provides non-pork products. Many say there are no food shelves that provide healthy products that do not compromise their religious beliefs. Food shelves can be a life line for people dealing with poverty and hunger.

09/15/2014

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Fast Food Workers Protest Wages At Mpls. McDonald’s

Fast food workers and union supporters briefly took over a Minneapolis McDonald’s restaurant Thursday. It was part of a nationwide protest in 150 cities by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

09/04/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Rich Hill’ Review

“God has to be busy with everyone else” — Those are the heartbreaking words said by one of the three boys whose lives filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo follow in Rich Hill, a sobering yet vividly human documentary about poverty in small-town, Middle America. From the get-go, it’s apparent that at least one of these boys has been called “white trash,” but the film never treats them with scorn. Instead, cinematographer Droz Palermo captures their lives with incredible grace, so much so that it brings to mind the effervescent films of Terrence Malick. But as impressive as the camera work can be, the details in Rich Hill sting.

08/15/2014

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Study: Wealthy & Impoverished Get Different Types Of Cancer

A new study shows the level of poverty or wealth in an area may affect the types of cancers people get. Researchers looked at three million tumors diagnosed over a four-year period. They found in the poorest neighborhoods, larynx, cervical, and liver cancers were the most common.

05/27/2014

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Study: MN Schools Toss Lunches When Students Can’t Pay

The news story provoked national outrage as school children in Utah had their lunches tossed in the garbage because they didn’t have enough money to pay for them. But it turns out something similar is happening in Minnesota, as well.

02/11/2014

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Regardless Of Snow, The Sleep Out Begins And Aims To Raise $2M

While many Minnesotan’s are planning festive holiday gatherings, some don’t even know where they are sleeping any given night. Beginning this weekend, The Sleep Out has families helping fight poverty, and that includes camping out in tents and cardboard boxes.

11/08/2013

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Census: Iowa Has Lowest Poverty Rate In Nation

A new Census report shows that Iowa and several other Midwest and Plains states have the lowest poverty rates when cost of living is factored into the calculation. The report released Wednesday showed that Iowa had the lowest rate at 8.6 percent. The national rate under the new measure is 16 percent.

11/07/2013

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Urban Ventures: Using Music To Keep Kids In School

Urban Ventures has been helping kids break the cycle of poverty for 20 years. It’s an organization built around academics and mentorship, but one of its most successful programs uses the power of music.

09/25/2013

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She Fed, Clothed The Homeless & Ended Up Getting Robbed

Nicki Coombs is committed to helping the poor as she regularly makes sandwiches for those outside the Dorothy Day Center. Coombs was downtown St. Paul on Wednesday, along with her 4-year-old son, and stopped to help a homeless couple.

08/23/2013

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Art Therapy An Aesthetic Outlet For At-Risk Kids

Poverty, homeless and abuse are problems — and art is one of the solutions. At least in one program that’s finding a way to give at-risk kids a new way to express themselves, and an opportunity to display their work at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

08/18/2013

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Henn. Co. Teen Birth Rate In Decline

For the fifth consecutive year, the number of teenagers who gave birth in Hennepin County has decreased. According to Hennepin County officials, the number of teen births in 2007 was 1,170. In 2011, the number was 692. Teenagers are defined in the data as young women aged 15-19.

06/07/2013

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Growth Of Suburban MN Poverty Among Highest In Nation

Twin Cities suburbs feature plenty of spacious homes and luxury cars, but they’re also seeing a big increase in poverty. In fact, a new study says the growth in the poverty rate for the Twin Cities suburbs is among the highest in the nation.

05/20/2013

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WINGs’ Flight Of Fashion Helps Women Beat Poverty

WINGs stands for Women Investing in the Next Generation, and the group helps women establish financial stability to overcome poverty.

03/30/2013

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SD Leads Nation In Native American Poverty Rate

South Dakota leads the nation in the percentage of Native Americans living below the poverty line, and more than half of the Native Americans in the state’s second largest city live in poverty, according to new U.S. Census data released Wednesday.

02/20/2013

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Opinion: Romney Denigrates 47% Not Paying Taxes As He Uses Loopholes Trying To Do The Same

Mitt Romney, if you want to talk about mooches and freeloaders that take advantage of the system then grow a spine and show America your tax returns. Let’s see what you really pay as a percentage. Let’s see what deductions you take. Let’s see how addicted to federal benefits you are.

09/21/2012

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Census Report Shows More Children Living In Poverty

According to numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Census, the percentage of children living in poverty in Minnesota continues to grow.

09/20/2012

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Hard Times Generation

60 Minutes played a rebroadcast of a great segment last night that originally aired in November 2011. This recession has caused more than 16 million kids to live in poverty. Central Florida is one of […]

07/30/2012

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Heat Impacts Twin Cities Homeless

The heat wave is impacting Minnesota’s homeless population. Shelters across the Twin Cities are at full capacity with people looking to cool off.

07/16/2012

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Mound Church Helps Low-Income Families Grow Food

A newspaper advertisment called Tami Clark Pehrson to Mound’s Bethel United Methodist church, but she unexpectedly found nourishment outside, among the rows of lettuce, onions and asparagus.

03/31/2012

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Feds Investigate Minnesota’s Handling Of Medicaid

The federal government is investigating how Minnesota administers Medicaid health coverage for poor people, but few details are available on the nature of the inquiry.

02/15/2012

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Anoka-Hennepin Schools Offer Food Shelves For Hungry

The latest survey found that more than 1,400 people are homeless in Anoka County, and nearly 600 are children in families. Even more startling is the increase in young adults ages 18 to 21 who are homeless.

12/07/2011

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Local Organization Helps Families In Poverty Start Fresh

One Minneapolis organization provides free meals to families in need — and a chance to start over.

11/24/2011

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