Refunds are looking slimmer this tax season

Jan 29, 2019
Here's what you told us.
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Millions of workers don't do 9 to 5. So where's the child care?

Jan 14, 2019
There's a growing need for round-the-clock child care centers.
Lesely Crawford, owner of ABK Learning and Development Center in Pittsburgh, gives a baby a midnight feeding at her 24/7 child care.
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Seniors are still struggling to recover after the financial crisis

Dec 19, 2018
The number of seniors filing for bankruptcy has nearly doubled since 2007 to a record high of 12 percent, part of it driven by the financial crisis; another part by mounting debt for things like medical care, mortgage loans and…
Kathy Stevens, 67, plays bridge with friends at Riverview Towers in Pittsburgh. Stevens lost about a third of her savings during the financial crisis in 2008. It set off a decade of scaling back and she now lives in subsidized senior housing.
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E-Verify could make it even harder for farmers and construction companies to find workers

Sep 28, 2018
A bill in Congress would require all employers to use the government’s E-Verify system.
Mexican migrant workers harvest organic parsley at Grant Family Farms on October 11, 2011 in Wellington, Colorado. 
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Utah's approach to breaking the cycle of child poverty: helping parents

Jul 31, 2018
Utah is leading states in efforts to reduce childhood poverty, one study found. One approach it's taken? Creating programs that tackle intergenerational poverty in families.
Stephanie Snowball is raising her 3-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son with help from her grandmother.
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It's a long wait for Section 8 housing in U.S. cities

Jan 3, 2018
In Los Angeles, it can take 10 years to get a voucher — if you're lucky.
In Los Angeles, 188,000 people applied for 20,000 spots in the housing voucher waiting line.
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How long you live depends on where you live, if you're poor

Apr 11, 2016
The rich tend to live 10+ years longer than the worst-off. Health choices matter.
A pedestrian crosses train tracks in Birmingham, Alabama. 
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