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Poverty

  • Study: Many minorities cut out of prime loan market
    African Americans and other minorities seeking mortgages in the Twin Cities have some of the highest home loan rejection rates in the country, according to a new study by the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota.February 12, 2009
  • Indian tribes could get almost $3B in stimulus
    The money includes hundreds of millions of dollars for schools, health clinics, roads, law enforcement and water projects on reservation lands throughout the country.January 28, 2009
  • House GOP: Minnesota is a 'welfare magnet'
    House Republicans say Minnesota has become a "welfare magnet," and they're calling on fellow lawmakers to change the system.January 21, 2009
  • Nami Mun revisits being homeless
    Writer Nami Mun's new novel "Miles from Nowhere," tells the heart rending tale of Joon, a Korean girl who runs away from her family to live on the streets of New York.January 15, 2009
  • In Minn., more turn to cash-starved state for help
    Ifeoma Obi turned to a state-funded program after leaving an abusive relationship and ending up in a homeless shelter. Now she can't imagine such help might not be there for others.December 29, 2008
  • Food banks struggling with fewer donations, more mouths to feed
    Food shelves are struggling to provide food to growing ranks of hungry people across the nation. At the same time rising food prices and economic pressure are dwindling supplies at the food banks. Food rescue is one of the innovative methods food banks are using to feed the hungry.Midmorning, December 24, 2008
  • Foreclosures push rents higher, squeezing low income families
    Foreclosuses are forcing more people to rent, driving up the cost of rental housing and putting an additional squeeze on low income families.September 21, 2008
  • Census: Data shows Minnesota poverty stable
    New data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the year 2007 shows that median household income and poverty rates in Minnesota were relatively stable.August 26, 2008
  • State auditor to probe out-of-state welfare use
    Auditor James Nobles says figures showing more than $10 million in out-of-state purchases last year are "red flags" and need to be investigated, even though it's legal to use the cards in other states.August 13, 2008
  • Lawmaker questions use of welfare outside Minnesota
    The top-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House is calling for an investigation of out-of-state debit card purchases made by Minnesota welfare recipients.August 7, 2008
  • Signs point to growth in Minnesota's homeless population
    That growth puts a potential obstacle in the path of Minnesota's goal of ending long term homelessness by 2010.August 5, 2008
  • RNC protest group files lawsuit against St. Paul
    Another group, Members of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, has filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Paul over plans to protest the Republican National Convention.June 18, 2008
  • Smart design for people who need it
    A new exhibition opening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this weekend shows that cheap and simple designs can change, and even save, lives.May 23, 2008
  • 'Survival in the Serengeti'
    Serengeti National Park in the East African nation of Tanzania is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. But for rural people living nearby, lions and elephants are a daily threat. A University of Minnesota professor is working to reduce conflict between humans and wildlife but his work is embattled.Midday, May 21, 2008
  • St. Paul teens make their voices heard
    A group of St. Paul high school teens are adding their voices to some serious discussions, and they're being heard.May 15, 2008

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