Pam Fessler http://www.kunc.org en Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs http://www.kunc.org/post/paul-ryan-unveils-his-anti-poverty-plan-rebuke-lbj-programs For much of this year, Republicans have talked about finding new ways to get Americans out of poverty but have offered few specifics — until now.<p>House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plan Thursday to fight poverty, which he says will help fix safety-net programs that he calls fragmented and ineffective.<p>Here are the highlights of Ryan's plan:<p><ul><p><li>Allow states to experiment with federal aid, by merging things like food stamps, child care and welfare into what he calls an "Opportunity Grant."</li><p><li>Expand tax credits for working adults.</li><p><li>Make it easi Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 59063 at http://www.kunc.org Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://www.kunc.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and <a href="http://www.ymca.net/summer-food-program">non-profit groups</a> are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 59035 at http://www.kunc.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime http://www.kunc.org/post/series-small-bans-cities-turn-homelessness-crime Laws that criminalize homelessness are on the rise across the country, <a href="http://www.nlchp.org/documents/No_Safe_Place">according to a new report</a> by an advocacy group. The laws prohibit everything from sleeping in public to loitering and begging. Advocates for the homeless say the laws are making the problem worse.<p>Susan St. Amour is among those who could be affected by the new restrictions. Twice a week, she stands on a median strip at an intersection in downtown Portland, Maine, asking passersby for cash. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 58882 at http://www.kunc.org With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job http://www.kunc.org/post/how-banning-one-question-could-help-ex-offenders-land-job Washington, D.C., is expected to join four states and several cities soon in prohibiting companies from asking job applicants — up front — if they have a criminal record.<p>It's part of a growing movement called Ban the Box, a reference to that box on a job application form that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"<p>Advocates for the laws say having to check the box prevents many ex-offenders from getting a fair shot at a job.<p>Chearie Phelps-El says it happened to her. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 58815 at http://www.kunc.org How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels, Annual Report Shows http://www.kunc.org/post/charitable-giving-nears-pre-recession-levels-annual-report-shows Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with giving on the rise. Americans last year gave $335 billion to charity. That's according to a new report released today by the Giving USA Foundation. That is close to the levels of donation before the recession. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.<p>PAM FESSLER, BYLINE: After the recession, experts predicted it would take many years - maybe even a decade - for charitable giving to get back to where it was before the economic downturn. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 57866 at http://www.kunc.org