2:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Kentucky Ranks 47th in Health, Report Says

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:46 pm

Kentucky is the 47th healthiest state in the U.S., according to a United Health Foundation report released Thursday.

The state's low marks were attributed to a high prevalence of smoking, a high percentage of childhood poverty and a high rate of preventable hospitalizations, the report said.

Mississippi ranked 50th, followed by Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Hawaii topped the list as the healthiest state in the country. Indiana ranked 37th.

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3:32 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Fulton: Few Jobs, Stretched Resources, Stress

Whitney Jones WKMS

Updated 10/29/14 12:18 p.m.

Fulton is one of the poorest communities in western Kentucky. There's a lack of industry and its population has decreased by almost a third in the last ten years. 

Of the families that are left poverty is rampant. This story follows an unemployed single mom and explains the challenges facing the people trying to help bring families out of poverty in Fulton. 

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12:31 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Kentucky 2nd District State House Candidates Discuss Issues

Pictured: Democrat Jesse Wright (left) and Incumbent Republican Richard Heath.

As the Kentucky House of Representatives election race heats up, second district incumbent Richard Heath (R) and challenger Jesse Wright (D) visited WKMS for a political forum.

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3:45 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Kentucky Ranks 40th in Nation for Child Poverty

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New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Kentucky ranks 40th in the nation for child poverty. The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey says 25.3 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2013, which is a little more than three percent higher than the national average.

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Living on the Line
1:01 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Living on the Line: Khara Gaskamp

Credit Whitney Jones / WKMS

After learning about two people in the beginning and middle phases of poverty, we turn to someone one the verge of making it out.

At 32, Khara Gaskamp is raising two children while studying at West Kentucky Community and Technical College to be a nurse. Since childhood, she has been confronted with obstacle after obstacle, from an abusive stepfather to medical crises,  that have made it difficult for her to become financially stable.

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12:41 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Living on the Line: Angie Smith

Angie Smith displays graphs that depict her happiness over the course of her life and her income.
Credit Chad Lampe

Angie Smith is in the middle, both literally and figuratively. She’s a single mom in the middle of raising two kids. She’s in the middle of updating and moving into a home built by her late grandfather. She’s in the middle of her life, at 42-years-old mostly marked with low income jobs starting at 18.

But that wasn’t her plan. Her childhood dream was to work aboard a ship for Greenpeace, protecting whales. She still wants to work in an environmental field.

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12:29 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Living on the Line: Joseph Lee Taylor

Credit Whitney Jones / WKMS

Joseph Lee Taylor grew up in a poor family. His father traveled as a truck driver and his mother had an injury when he was in high school that kept her from her job as a secretary.

Joseph worked to help support his family and take care of his mother, but doing so made it difficult to successfully finish college.

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Living on the Line
4:35 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

[VIDEOS] WKMS Presents "Living on the Line: Poverty in Western Kentucky"

Joseph Lee Taylor speaks with Whitney Jones

WKMS News presents a new documentary: Living on the Line: Poverty in Western Kentucky.

Living on the Line tells the story of three families, each making less than a living wage. They share stories of dealing with hardships, trying to move forward and staying optimistic in spite of their situations. Each family has hope for better days and works to get out of poverty.

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9:17 am
Tue August 5, 2014

From 'Good Times' To 'Honey Boo Boo': Who Is Poor On TV?

The Evans family from Good Times. Bern Nadette Stanis is second from left.
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Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 9:47 am

Like it or not, television has the power to shape our perceptions of the world. So what do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people?

In life and on TV, "poor" is relative. Take breakfast: For Honey Boo Boo's family, it's microwaved sausage and pancake sandwiches; for children in The Wire's Baltimore ghetto, it's a juice box and a bag of chips before school; and on Good Times, set in the Chicago projects back in the 1970s, it was a healthier choice: oatmeal.

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12:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

MSU Distinguished Professor Launches Strategic Philanthropy Program

Dr. Bob Long is the Murray State University Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and a Senior Fellow at Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, where he has launched a new graduate course called "Strategic Philanthropy: Learning by Giving." This new program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which is focused on addressing hunger, conflict and poverty. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the initiative and its origins.

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