• Counties can now take food assistance requests by phone
    In response to a dramatic increase in the number of Minnesotans seeking food assistance, counties will now be allowed to approve requests over the phone.October 21, 2009
  • Childhood poverty rates on the rise
    A new report on child welfare in Minnesota predicts the number of children in poverty will jump by a one-third over the course of the current recession. The report says the economic downturn will leave a long and troubling legacy.October 1, 2009
  • General Mills, aid agencies partner for Africa
    General Mills has launched a public-private partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.September 29, 2009
  • Poverty survey says Minnesotans cutting back
    Minnesotans have reduced spending on food, cut back on retirement savings, and taken in friends or relatives in response to the recession, according to a new survey.September 17, 2009
  • The measure of poverty
    The annual report from the Census Bureau shows the nation's poverty rate climbed in 2008. But many analysts argue the federal government's measurements for poverty are outdated, and give an inaccurate picture of what's going on.Midmorning, September 11, 2009
  • A young doctor serves in Africa
    One ER physician's desire to heal led him to a contested border town in Sudan, Africa. James Maskalyk treated people for starvation and fought a measles epidemic amid war.Midmorning, July 22, 2009
  • A story of hope amid despair
    A new novel by Mayo Clinic doctor and obesity researcher James Levine tells the story of a young Indian girl forced into a life of prostitution. Dr. Levine says the novel sprang from a visit to the slums of Mumbai and encounter there that haunts him to this day.Midmorning, July 21, 2009
  • Recession can be even tougher for low-income families
    For families already living on the financial edge before the recession hit, the economic blows can be even more punishing.June 26, 2009
  • Teach For America program expands to Twin Cities
    A national teaching program that targets low-income school districts announced on Tuesday it will expand its program to the Twin Cities.June 23, 2009
  • A new look at race and poverty
    For decades, academics and social commentators have argued over whether black poverty in America was the result of racism and other external factors, or cultural forces. In a new book, sociologist William Julius Wilson tries to reframe that debate.Midmorning, June 12, 2009
  • Americans and income inequality
    High executive pay and bailouts may have exacerbated class differences lately. But political scientist Larry Jacobs says people still aspire to move up the income ladder and so have a nuanced view of class. And some say they would pay higher taxes to give others a chance to move up.Midmorning, June 9, 2009
  • U of M study: Hungry teens at higher risk of obesity
    A new study finds teens whose families can't always afford to buy food have higher rates of obesity than their peers.May 27, 2009
  • New scam threatens struggling homeowners
    Authorities say scam artists are showing up, promising to save the homes of desperate homeowners. Instead, they can leave their victims in even worse shape.March 18, 2009
  • New Islamic mortgages now available in Minnesota
    Advocates say Islamic mortgages will help expand home ownership among Muslims.March 1, 2009
  • Heating assistance requests up ten percent
    A record numnber of Minnesota families need help with their heating bills this winter. So far, about ten percent more families have been served by the state's low income energy assistance program.February 26, 2009

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