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  • Census: Louisiana poverty rate at nearly 20 percent in 2014

    September 18, 2015 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest U.S. Census data shows that one in five Louisiana residents lived in poverty last year, unchanged from the previous year. Louisiana had the third-highest rate of poverty in the country for 2014, at 19.8 percent, falling behind only New Mexico and Mississippi. Released Thursday, the... more »
  • Census: Poverty numbers stay just about the same

    September 16, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of Americans living below the poverty line showed no statistical difference from the previous year, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2014, the poverty rate in the United States was 14.8 percent. While slightly higher than 2013's 14.5 percent, census officials... more »
  • Level Up! homeless survival kits check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There are about 1,000 homeless people living in Baton Rouge. Now, a group of high school students with Big Buddy's "Level Up!" program are trying to find a solution to the growing problem. Level Up! is an initiative that seeks to help impoverished people in the community.... more »
  • Hope Ministries poverty workshop check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2015 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Hope Ministries is a local non-profit organization that helps people born into poverty. The group has two priorities, meeting people's basic needs, and helping them move forward and create a self-sustainable livelihood. The group is offering a professional development workshop on today for anyone that deals with... more »
  • Hope Ministries Poverty Workshop check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 14, 2015 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The poverty rate in Baton Rouge is just under 25%, and some groups are tackling the issue from multiple angles. Hope Ministries teaches individuals and businesses the dynamics of poverty. The organization helps people affected by poverty, and works to inform the community about its effects. The... more »
  • Beyond Bricks EBR needs your help to improve school system check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 20, 2015 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Community leaders are begging for help hoping to "recharge" the East Baton Rouge school system after being plagued by hardship for several years. Poverty, mental illness and segregation are realities outgoing East Baton Rouge Superintendent Bernard Taylor said need to be talked about. He explained that... more »
  • Louisiana ranks 47th in national Kids Count survey

    July 23, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana fell one spot to 47th in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access. The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked at 46th in 2013.... more »
  • Commission says parts of EBR are "food deserts" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 14, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands in Baton Rouge are living in poverty and miles from stores where they fresh produce according to the Food Access Policy Commission. The newly formed group says seven areas in East Baton Rouge live in what it calls food deserts. "It's never anything quick. I... more »
  • Poverty Point nominated as a World Heritage Site

    January 17, 2013 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Poverty Point State Historic Site and National Monument in West Carroll Parish has been nominated for inclusion on the World Heritage site list. If approved, the prehistoric earthworks would join the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef on... more »
  • Study: Income inequality continues to grow in La.

    November 15, 2012 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study says the gap between Louisiana's rich and poor has grown wider over the last three decades, with the poverty-ridden state having among the highest rates of income inequality in the nation. The richest 5 percent of households in Louisiana have average incomes more... more »
  • Feds probing Jefferson Parish school bias claims

    October 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials are investigating allegations by the Southern Poverty Law Center that the Jefferson Parish public schools discriminate against Latino students. In a letter dated Sept. 27, the Justice Department's civil rights division and Education Department's office for civil rights said they haven't reached any conclusions about... more »
  • Census data says poverty rates in La. on the rise

    September 21, 2012 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly released census data says poverty levels in Louisiana have continued to climb while household incomes declined in the last year, making the state one of the poorest in the nation. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey released Thursday say the median household... more »
  • Louisiana 2nd worst in poverty

    September 13, 2011 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report 21.6 percent of Louisianians live in poverty. Only Mississippi fares worse at 22.7 percent. The nation's poverty rate rose from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 15.1 percent in 2010 up from 14.3 percent the year before. Even... more »
  • White: Poverty and unemployment driving crime in BR

    June 16, 2011 10:13 AM

    Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White has been on the job less than a month and he's already tackling crime, meeting the community and getting to know his new department. He stopped by 2une In for his first interview since taking over to talk about his plans to combat... more »
  • Poverty in U.S. may be millions higher

    January 5, 2011 2:14 PM

    WASHINGTON- Poverty in America is millions higher than previously known, with one in six Americans -many 65 and older- struggling in the economy due to increasing medical care and other costs. Preliminary census figures released today show that government aid programs such as tax credits and food stamps kept... more »

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