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Poverty

  • Pawnshops doing a brisk business
    Thanks to the subprime mortgage market blow up and a slumping economy, consumers are looking for bargains this holiday shopping season. They are scouring the Internet and rummaging through the discount retail chains. But a growing number of bargain hunters are turning to an industry with a tough reputation: Pawn shops.December 24, 2007
  • Farm bill will influence food shelf future
    The slow-down in passing a new Farm Bill has left increasingly needy food shelves and food stamp recipients in the lurch.December 13, 2007
  • Aging out of foster care
    Each year 24,000 American teenagers in foster care leave their foster families or group homes and try to make it on their own, because when they turn 18, they're too old to qualify for state services anymore. A new study shows that foster teens do better if they stay in care until they're 21.December 12, 2007
  • State legislators aim to end poverty
    Minnesota legislators have been touring the state to get a firsthand look at what poverty in Minnesota looks like. But is it feasible to end poverty, and can a bipartisan commission agree on what it will take?Midmorning, December 12, 2007
  • Where tiny loans make a big difference
    A Minneapolis couple recently headed to Uganda to get hands-on experience working to fight poverty using microfinancing.December 4, 2007
  • New St. Paul development helps neighborhood
    A new St. Paul development may help boost a neighborhood in need.November 27, 2007
  • How to narrow the gap between the haves and have nots
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman takes on the widening gap between the very rich and those below the median income. He argues that the Democrats who may come to power in the next election should pursue an unabashed liberal agenda.Midmorning, November 6, 2007
  • A worldwide focus on poverty and human development
    Hundreds of medical and scientific journals joined together this month to cover a single topic. "Poverty and human development" is the simultaneous focus of the current issue of an unprecedented 235 journals from around the globe.November 2, 2007
  • The challenge of affordable housing
    As the Metropolitan Council requires Twin Cities communities to build thousands of units of affordable housing, cities and residents raise concerns about sharing the burden and the opportunity.Midmorning, October 23, 2007
  • The 'Flim Flam Man' gets a script reading
    Twin Cities film fans have a unique opportunity on tap. For one night only, a group of local actors will present a staged reading of "Flag Day." It's a screenplay based on Minneapolis writer Jennifer Vogel's award-winning memoir "Flim Flam Man."October 16, 2007
  • One catastrophe away from poverty
    A health crisis, divorce or job loss -- just one of these circumstances is enough to send an increasing number of Americans into poverty. An author who has studied the working poor explores the barriers to getting ahead.Midmorning, October 3, 2007
  • Foreclosure crisis is not easing in north Minneapolis
    The bad news on the mortgage foreclosure front is getting worse.September 6, 2007
  • Demand for youth programs outstrips availability
    From the Great Depression to today, the debate over youth programs continues, and so does the demand.August 14, 2007
  • Minnesota organization begins first local 'fair trade' label
    Fair trade is coming to Minnesota farms. Fair trade labels are typically found on items like international coffee and chocolate. The label means the workers have been paid a living wage and treated humanely.July 25, 2007
  • Young farmer shares new vision for Hmong farming
    Visit any farmers market in the Twin Cities and you're likely to see Hmong vendors selling raspberries, sweet onions, and other produce they've grown. Farming runs deep in the Hmong culture. However, many Hmong farmers are isolated both by culture and language from the rest of U.S. agriculture.July 19, 2007

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