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Poverty

  • 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
  • The Edwards "Poverty Tour"
    Presidential candidate John Edwards hopes his tour of places in poverty will bring the issue home to more people. But polls suggest that not even low-income voters favor Edwards as a result.Midmorning, July 18, 2007
  • Former U of M scientist awarded Congressional Gold Medal
    Norman Borlaug's work on high-yield, disease-resistant varieties of wheat is credited with starting the "Green Revolution," and alleviating starvation in India and Pakistan in the 1960s.July 17, 2007
  • Minnesota teens push gang proposal to members of Congress
    A delegation of high school students from the Twin Cities think that mandatory financial management classes would help keep their peers out of gangs. They recently had the chance to take that proposal drectly to their U.S. senators.July 12, 2007
  • Minnesota lawmakers take food stamp challenge
    A handful of Minnesota lawmakers recently accepted a challenge to live on a $3 per day food stamp diet. For several days, they ate only what an average allotment of food stamps could buy in order to raise awareness about food stamp funding in the federal farm bill.July 2, 2007
  • Thousands of Minnesotans have their natural gas cut off
    Thousands of Minnesotans have had their natural gas cut off for failing to pay their bills. And more disconnections are upcoming unless customers who are behind on paying their bills find a way to start paying up.June 14, 2007
  • Even with new legislation, foreclosure crisis will continue
    Bills addressing the mortgage foreclosure crisis will become Minnesota law August 1.May 13, 2007
  • The home builder
    Habitat for Humanity's controversial co-founder talks about the mission of building homes for people who cannot afford them and his life after Habitat.Midmorning, May 7, 2007
  • Minnesotans come face to face with poverty
    According to a new survey, four out of 10 people say they see people struggling financially. An overwhelming majority say they hold their elected officials accountable.April 30, 2007

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