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Photo: New Census data indicates children who receive adequate food at home, and at school, also perform better academically in school. Photo courtesy: The Children's Aid Society.

DAYTON, Ohio - The latest Census data indicates poverty is on the decrease nationwide for the first time since 2006. In Ohio, the poverty rate number now sits at 16 percent for 2013, slightly above the national average, but the proportion of children living in poverty in Ohio and the rest of the cou ...Read More

PHOTO: Figures show an improving economy in 2013, according to the Census Bureau, but some experts caution the recovery is still not adding up to financial security for many middle and low-income Kentuckians. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The latest Census Bureau report shows an improving economy in 2013 but some experts caution the recovery is too slow to help the living standards of many middle and low-income Americans. In Kentucky, 18.8 percent of the people lived in poverty last year. That's down from 19.4 percen ...Read More

PHOTO: There have been improvements, but more than 175,000 children remain in poverty in Minnesota. Photo credit: Geraint Rowland/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show a slight drop in Minnesota's poverty rate, although the financial struggles of many families are still greater than they were before the recession. The poverty rate in the state last year dipped to 11.2 percent, while the rate for ...Read More

PHOTO: The poverty rate in the state is down, while the median household income is up, but it's little to celebrate with the movement minimal and 4.5 million Texans still living below the poverty line. Photo credit: Charles Henry/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Latest figures show the poverty rate has dropped in Texas, although the change is minimal and in some parts of the state, the financial struggles for families are much more widespread. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the statewide poverty rate has dipped to 17.5 percent, although it' ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau reports the poverty rate in Iowa last year was 12.7 percent, the same as 2012. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The latest figures show while the poverty rate ticked down slightly nationwide, the rate in Iowa didn't budge between 2012 and 2013. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in the state held steady at 12.7 percent, or about 380,000 people. Many of them are working, ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau has released new figures that show North Dakota has one of the lowest rates of childhood poverty in the country at about 12 percent. Photo credit: Jennifer Jewett/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the oil boom pushing one of the strongest economies in the country, new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show North Dakota saw a slight increase in the poverty rate last year, but also has one of the lowest rates of child poverty. Karen Olson, program director with North Dak ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee's poverty rate fell slightly from 2012 to 2013 to 17.8 percent, but that is still among the highest figures in the country. Photo credit: D.C.Atty/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting the poverty rate in Tennessee was 17.8 percent last year, down a tenth of a percent from 2012. Despite the slight improvement, that still leaves more than 1.1 million people in the state below the poverty line, says Linda O'Neal, executive dire ...Read More

PHOTO: Taking the pulse of Kentucky's health-care system, experts gathered Tuesday to share ideas on ways to reshape the delivery of care. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the midst of sweeping health-care reform in Kentucky, hundreds of people gathered in Louisville on Tuesday to explore how to "do care differently." Dave Bolt, deputy director of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said it's time to move away from what he calls a "treat 'em a ...Read More

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