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Public News Service - ND: Poverty Issues

Legal Services of North Dakota, which provides legal help for poor residents of the state, could lose half its funding under President Trump's proposed budget. (BernardaSv/iStock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – When members of Congress return to Washington D.C. next week, the top issue on their agenda will most likely be the budget. Tucked into the Trump administration's proposed $54 billion cut to domestic programs, is the complete defunding of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC),

New census data shows North Dakota saw the biggest drop in child poverty, but large disparities still exist, especially for Native populations. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota had the biggest drop in the country's child-poverty rate, but child well-being experts say there's more work to do, especially for Native families. The census data shows North Dakota saw a 20-percent drop in the state's child-poverty rate from 2011 to 2015. Experts po

Chairman Archambault (left) and Chief Arvol Looking Horse are involved in the latest fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline that also spotlights decades of racial discrimination against Native populations in North Dakota. (Photo by Jenni Monet)

BISMARCK, N.D. - For many members of the Lakota Sioux Tribe, the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is just the latest symptom of a longstanding racial divide in North Dakota. Native Americans in the state are jailed and live in poverty at much higher rates than their white neighbors, and so

North Dakota food growers are being asked to help get a quarter-million pounds of fresh produce to thousands of hungry kids and seniors in the state. (North Dakota Department of Agriculture)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- For many North Dakota farmers and gardeners, August is harvest time, and the state's Department of Agriculture is asking them to help meet the needs of thousands of hungry people. More than 93,000 children, families and seniors in the state rely on food assistance every year. To

Low-income North Dakotans, and those with certain medical conditions, can now apply for help paying for air conditioner repairs and other cooling devices. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – It's the dog days of summer, and North Dakota officials say help is available for low-income families, older folks and those with medical needs who need help staying cool. With hot temperatures and high humidity levels hitting the state in the next few weeks, the North Dakot

Thousands of North Dakota parents who are behind in child support payments are getting some unique help to catch up. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - With Father's Day just around the corner, North Dakota officials are now offering some forgiveness for parents who've been late on their child support payments. For the first time the state's child support service is setting up what's called the Amnesty Project for parents who ow

A four-year plan to provide job training for hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors is under review. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today is the final day for public comments on a four-year plan to continue bringing part-time jobs and training to hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors. The federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is intended to help about 300 North Dakotans who ar

The Corporation for Enterprise Development is asking Congress to boost funding for free tax services to help millions of low-income tax filers. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Anti-poverty advocates are urging Congress to renew a free national tax-preparation service, which the advocates say helps millions of low-income taxpayers, including thousands in North Dakota. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, has been around for 45 years. The

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