poverty

Health
6:14 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

After a long day, Emeka arrives home to the apartment in South Tulsa that he shares with his father.
Kenneth M. Ruggiano for NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:28 am

If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted.

"Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom," President George H.W. Bush said when he signed the bill into law on July 26, 1990.

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Local News
8:22 am
Tue July 21, 2015

New Survey Reveals Poverty Indicators Worsening For Oklahoma Children, Teens

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom quarter of states in childhood wellbeing according to an annual survey out Tuesday morning from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The state's placement remained steady from last year.

The Kids Count Data Book shows 24 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, and the new survey ranks the state 39th in the nation when it comes to the overall wellbeing of children.

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World News
4:43 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

The World Could Wipe Out Extreme Poverty By 2030. There's Just One Catch

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right, with blue necktie) arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the International Conference on Financing for Development.
Courtesy of UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 10:05 am

This fall world leaders plan to convene at the United Nations to commit to some sweeping goals: By 2030 they want to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere. Also on the agenda: End hunger, stop all preventable deaths of newborns and children, and halt epidemics of diseases such as AIDS and malaria.

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Goats and Soda
5:57 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps

Street children sleep on a discarded mattress on a center island near a road crossing in Manila, Philippines, in April. After 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals, Asia as a region has had the fastest progress, reports the U.N., yet hundreds of millions of people there remain in extreme poverty.
Jay Directo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 11:47 am

In 2000 the world's leaders agreed on an ambitious plan to drastically reduce global poverty by 2015. Called the Millennium Development Goals, the targets spurred an unprecedented aid effort that brought lifesaving medicines and vaccines to millions of people and helped slash the share of people in the developing world who live in extreme poverty from 47 percent in 1990 to 14 percent today.

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World News
4:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

U.N. Report Highlights Surprising Global Progress On Poverty Goals

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 9:02 pm

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low-Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:53 am

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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Here & Now
10:33 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Americans' Lottery Spending: Who Spends Most And Where?

A gas station employee reaches for a lottery ticket in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP/Danny Johnston)

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:43 pm

Americans spent $70 billion on the lottery in 2014, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, which looked at spending in the 43 states where lotteries are legal.

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson calculates that’s more than $230 for every man, woman and child in states where the lottery is legal – more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets and recorded music sales.

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JenX with Jennifer Lindsey McClintock
8:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Dealing with Poverty

The idea of poverty strikes fear in many Americans who often ridicule and criticize those struggling to survive.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Lindsey McClintock looks at how we treat the poor and downtrodden.


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Code Switch
5:38 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Jail Time For Unpaid Court Fines And Fees Can Create Cycle Of Poverty

Edward Brown, who was jailed for not paying fines he couldn't afford, is among 16 plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the cities of Ferguson and Jennings, Mo.
Joseph Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:27 pm

On a night last week when the temperature dropped to 17 degrees, Edward Brown, who's 62 and homeless, slept at the bus stop in front of the Jennings, Mo., city hall in St. Louis County.

"It was cold, very cold," he says. "It's so cold I can't really move so I kept playing with my feet — rubbing 'em, twisting 'em, trying to keep warm."

Brown's troubles started when he tried to fight the city of Jennings, and his story shows how court fines and fees can grow, turning an impoverished person's life upside down.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Report: 223,000 Oklahoma Kids Living in Poverty

A new report on early childhood development estimates that nearly a quarter of a million children in Oklahoma were living in poverty in 2012.

The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation also found that about one-third of the state's kids were living with parents who didn't have steady employment.

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