A tale of two Katrinas

Five years later, the numbers show government relief after hurricane Katrina mostly helped middle-class and white families in Mississippi and Louisiana, often excluding black families and low-income families.

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  • City college officials are proposing ending open admission and pushing remedial education back on high schools. Critics say this will discourage students looking at higher education.
  • As women celebrate winning the right to vote 90 years ago, economic equality is still out of reach. One study looks at the emotional strain on women and families living in poverty.
  • Over 150,000 mostly temporary and low-paid warehouse workers are part of a booming Chicago industry. A union organizing drive seeks to raise wages and working conditions.
  • Will sweeping cuts to firefighters and emergency services across the U.S. put the poor at risk?

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