Poverty

5:00am

Mon March 24, 2014
Health

Poverty Is A Barrier To Well-Being For Colorado Children

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In 2012, 224,000 Colorado children lived in poverty. That’s one out of every six in the state, according to the annual Kids Count report.

Colorado also has the eighth fastest growing child population in the country.

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5:22am

Wed January 8, 2014
History

For LBJ, The War On Poverty Was Personal

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 9:31 am

President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 8, 1964.
AP

President Lyndon Johnson stood in the Capitol on Jan. 8, 1964, and, in his first State of the Union address, committed the nation to a war on poverty.

"We shall not rest until that war is won," Johnson said. "The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it."

It was an effort that had been explored under President Kennedy, but it firmly — and quickly — took shape under Johnson.

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5:12am

Wed January 8, 2014
Economy

Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 5:19 am

President Lyndon Johnson, on the porch of Tom Fletcher's cabin, listens to Fletcher describe some of the problems in Martin County, Ky., in 1964.
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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." His arsenal included new programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, food stamps, more spending on education, and tax cuts to help create jobs.

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5:00am

Wed October 30, 2013
Agriculture

Tending To A Cultural Crossroads In Garden City, Kansas

Sister Janice Thome at a local Garden City school. Thome teaches several classes, including a teen parenting class at the Garden City alternative high school.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book. Thome puts 125,000 miles a year on this car, picking up boxes from the food pantry, finding a mattress for a newcomer, delivering a sick soul to a doctor’s appointment.

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1:13am

Wed October 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:12 am

Protesters fill the Miami office of state Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. on Sept. 20 to protest his stance against expansion of health coverage in Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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