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Food Banks See Drop In Donations

Nearly 50 Americans million now live below the poverty line, according to the Census Bureau. Many food banks are not only reporting an increase in the number of people they're serving, but also a drop in food and cash donations — as much as 30 percent in some areas. Guest host Allison Keyes talks with two people working on the front lines of hunger relief.
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Formerly Homeless, Dad Still Struggles With Economy

Last Christmas, David Brown and his family were struggling to stay afloat. David spent most of 2010 unemployed, living in a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and four kids. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz checks back in with Brown to see how things are going for him and his family.
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Fireworks Set For Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Supporters step forward to help fund Baltimore's annual fireworks show at the Inner Harbor.
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Holidays Boost Agriculture Industry

Sales from Christmas trees and locally grown products are helping to stimulate Virginia's agriculture industry.
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In Camden, S.C., A Family Talks Race And Politics

Like other black Americans — considered the political base for President Obama — members of the close-knit Gaither-James family say racism is holding the nation back.
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Non-profit Offers Tips On Holiday Donations

In this season of giving, one local nonprofit is offering advice on how to make the most of your donations.
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House Leaders Do An About-Face On Tax Extension

Three days of intense pressure persuaded House GOP leaders to give in and go along with a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut and extend unemployment compensation benefits. Congress convenes on Friday in hopes of approving the stopgap measure.
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For Black Americans, A Longer Time Without Work

Economists say the black unemployment rate is so high — 15.5 percent — for a number of reasons, like less education, job discrimination and huge slashes in public sector jobs. Blacks make up about 10 percent of the full-time working population but 27 percent of the long-term unemployed, an NPR/Kaiser survey found.

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