4:54 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

There Are 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Than 25 Years Ago

A farm laborer uses a sieve to separate grains of wheat from the husk in Amritsar, India.
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Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:50 pm

So what does it mean to be hungry?

That's a question that occurred to us as we read some encouraging news: The world isn't as hungry as it used to be.

A U.N. report has noted that 795 million people were hungry in the year 2014. That's a mind-boggling number. But in fact it's 200 million lower than the estimated 1 billion hungry people in 1990.

The improvement is especially impressive because the world population has gone up by around 2 billion since the '90s.

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2:59 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

UK Picked to Oversee Nation's First Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

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The University of Kentucky has been selected to head the first federal Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. The program aims to reduce child food insecurity in states with high poverty. 

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2:14 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

An employee at the American Disposables Inc. factory works on the assembly line in October 2009 in Ware, Mass. The state has seen rapidly expanding income disparity in the past 50 years as highly educated tech and financial workers have seen big gains and inflation-adjusted income has shrunk for the poorest residents.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:57 pm

In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.

Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.

On Tuesday, a book and a separate study are being released — both turning up evidence that the one-generation leap is getting harder to accomplish in an economy so tied to education, technological know-how and networking.

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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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