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  • Medicaid expansion enrollment reaches 250,000 in Louisiana

    July 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 250,000 people have been enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, which began offering health insurance coverage this month. The Louisiana Department of Health announced the latest figures Friday. The state's budget estimates 375,000 will eventually be enrolled, to reach the $180 million savings target assumed... more »
  • Reworking of state indigent defense spending signed into law

    June 21, 2016 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will rework how it spends the money it allocates to defending the poor, to ensure two-thirds of it flows to local indigent defenders, under a new law signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. That measure was among a package of bill signings released Monday evening... more »
  • Junior League holds diaper donation program for poverty-stricken Play Video

    April 21, 2016 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With one in three American families in poverty reporting the need for diapers, a local pediatrician is aiding the effort to help children in need. Baton Rouge Clinic Dr. Mindy Calandro says 28 percent of children in the state are living in poverty, according to 2013... more »
  • Report says nearly half of La. residents struggle to make ends meet

    January 27, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new report from the United Way says nearly half of the people living in Baton Rouge, along with 40 percent of homes in Louisiana, are hovering in an area where they're not quite in abject poverty but not quite able to keep their heads above water... more »
  • Edwards: "Shame" that Louisiana hasn't progressed further since MLK's day Play Video

    January 18, 2016 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new governor compared his fight against poverty to the civil rights movement of the 1960's. "The shame is we haven't made as much progress as we should have," Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday Edwards, who was observing Martin Luther King Day at Mt.... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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" 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 »

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