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States can get a substantial return on investment if they help single mothers in college access child care, support services and financial aid, according to a new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

But even though about 10% of all undergraduates in Kansas and Missouri are single mothers, neither state makes significant investments in helping them persist to graduation. 

Radio Readers BookByte: Who Gets Left Out Of The Story?

Oct 30, 2019
Big Bang Data Exhibit, CCCB / Wikimedia Commons

Hi, I’m Valerie Mendoza of Topeka with a Radio Reader book byte about Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

I just finished the chapter the “Storytellers” and if nothing else, this book makes me think and question my perceptions and views on all sorts of issues.

Sixty-five percent of children born to young parents in Texas are living in poverty, according to a new report.

The report, released Tuesday by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that 450,000 children were born to young parents in Texas from 2015 to 2017. It defined young parents as people between 18 and 24.

Six weeks of protests by the Poor People’s Campaign nationwide and in Topeka aim to raise awareness of social and economic inequalities.

Translating those demonstrations into changes in state policy, says at least one analyst, will likely demand more sustained efforts.

Protesters occupied part of Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office recently and 18 people were arrested. This week, Statehouse police arrested 16 people protesting in favor of Medicaid expansion outside the office of Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Radio Readers Book Byte: In Times of Distress

Sep 20, 2017
Melany Wilks / Colby, KS

Hi, Radio Readers – I’m Melany Wilks talking to you from my home in Colby, KS.  

The book, “Five Quarters of Orange,” by Joanne Harris talks about food in the midst of WWII.  I kept being drawn to the fact that the families had homes and farms where they normally grew food for their lives. But that the soldiers came in and took what they had grown or stored. When the floods came and the weather destroyed the crops the community really began to suffer.

As Francoise Simon is describing her family having to harvest the fruit from the trees when all that was left was rotten fruit in habited by hornets.  And the need to pick the fruit, then boil the fruit and skim off the insects from the top of the jam or syrup.  Sounds really gross but that is what happens when food is scarce.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The State of Texas has some of the strictest eligibility requirements in the country for welfare benefit applicants.

news9.com

Oklahoma’s poverty rate remains above the national average.

As News 9 reports, more than 600,000 Oklahomans are living in poverty, according to the latest numbers out from the U.S. Census Bureau. That works out to one out of every five residents in the state.

The state’s poverty rate has held steady since the Great Recession of 2008. Almost half of Oklahomans who live in poverty have jobs. And three out of four have a family to feed.

politico.com

This week U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $400 million federal program to reduce rural poverty in America, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.

oklahomawatch.org

A Tulsa World story about rural poverty in Oklahoma has been garnering a good deal of attention over the past week and a half. Nationwide, poverty is more of an issue for rural dwellers than urban Americans.

Fifteen percent of the rural U.S. population lives in poverty, compared to 12 percent of the urban population.

Pew Research Center / businessinsider.com

Over the course of this young century, the gap in American cities between the haves and have-nots has continues to widen, reports Business Insider. The Pew Research Center recently analyzed Census Bureau data, looking at the state of the middle class in America's metropolitan areas.

A new study has found that one in seven residents of the Texas Panhandle struggles to put food on the table regularly. The report was compiled by a Chicago-based nonprofit group called Feeding America. The Map the Meal Gap study found that 16 percent of those living in the Texas panhandle are "food insecure," according to Amarillo.com.

Andy Marso / KHI news service

From the Kansas Health Institute:

More than half of Kansans who found jobs after losing assistance remain in poverty.

Gov. Sam Brownback made his case Thursday for why Kansas food stamp reforms should be a national welfare-to-work model, even though the study he used to support his claim showed almost 80 percent of Kansans affected remained in poverty.

Ben Hasson / Texas Tribune

50% of households in Texas are "liquid-asset poor," or lack the savings to pay for three months of basic expenses, according to a report released last week by a non-profit that seeks to alleviate poverty.

netexas.bucknerconnect.com

The percentage of children living in poverty has risen 47 percent since 2000 , despite an improving Texas economy reported the Texas Tribune.