Poverty

Politics & Government
2:15 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Report Details Plight Of NC's Segregated Neighborhoods

A new report from the UNC Center for Civil Rights examines the plight of the state's "excluded communities."
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A new report from the UNC Center for Civil Rights highlights the issues faced by some segregated communities in North Carolina.

The report refers to these neighborhoods as “excluded communities.”

“What we’re talking about are communities that are somehow not fully included in the political, social, civic, and economic life of the state of North Carolina,” says Peter Gilbert, the author of the report

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The State of Things
9:48 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Repaying A Debt: Doctor Brings Personal Story Of Poverty To Patient Care

Dr. Leslie Smith speaks on the State of Things.
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Meet Dr. Leslie Smith

This episode was a rebroadcast.  The program originally aired on Monday, February 25, 2013.

When Leslie Smith was 24 years old, she was in a fire. After spending 3 months at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, she was released. Smith told Host Frank Stasio “It took me about ten years to recover from those injuries.”

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

The Plight Of The Impoverished In The Triangle

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Frank Stasio speaks with a panel about the plight of the impoverished in the Triangle.

Last weekend, Raleigh police stopped a charity organization from distributing food to the needy in downtown Raleigh. The action led to criticism from community groups.

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Health
9:43 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Links Childhood Poverty To Smoking

A Duke University study found a link between poverty and smoking in adolescents.
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Researchers at Duke University have been studying the affect of poverty and parenting on substance abuse in adolescents.  The findings suggest self-control for teens is influenced by economic status earlier in life.  The study shows children growing up in poverty are more likely to smoke as adults. 

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The State of Things
12:41 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Groups Tackles Intractable North Carolina Poverty Problem

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A panel of experts discuss poverty in NC

Gene Nichol, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said on The State of Things today that the financial collapse really hurt the poor but that the problem is multifaceted.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Repaying A Debt: Doctor Brings Personal Story Of Poverty To Patient Care

Dr. Leslie Smith
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Meet Dr. Leslie Smith

When Leslie Smith was 24 years old, she was in a fire. After spending 3 months at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, she was released. Smith told Host Frank Stasio “It took me about ten years to recover from those injuries.”

“I had bandages from my neck down to my thighs where my burns were, and then from my thighs down to my ankles where they had taken skin to do skin grafting operations. So I literally was covered from ankle to neck in bandages.”

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Environment
5:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

As Temperatures Drop Shelters Prepare For Those In Need

  • Greensboro shelters will be close to capacity this week as more people try to secure a warm place to sleep during some of the coldest winter nights.

On Tuesday night in Greensboro the temperature is expected to drop into the teens and shelters are expecting to be at or near capacity. Four years ago there was a significant rise in the number of people seeking shelter during the winter months. Greensboro didn’t have enough beds and on many cold nights dozens of people had to sleep on floors. The city responded by opening a half dozen winter emergency shelters for frigid nights like tonight. Reverend Mike Aiken says those facilities opened December 1st and will be packed this week.

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Business & Economy
6:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Youth Employment Lowest Since WWII

A nnational report shows the number of working teenagers and young adults is at its lowest point in 50 years. 

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Health
10:03 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Poverty Having Impact On Child Health

Children's advocates say poverty continues to be a problem when it comes to kids' health. The non-profit Action for Children North Carolina is out with its annual Child Health Report Card. The state scored a D in child poverty, with more than 25% of children under 18 living in poverty. Action for Children's Laila Bell says that affects the health statistics.

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Business & Economy
7:21 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Recession Deep, Recovery Slow In North Carolina

The economic downturn hit North Carolina harder than much of the country, and it will take the state longer to recover. That's the conclusion of a new report from UNC's Global Research Institute.

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