Poverty

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Texas is certainly the Lone Star State – but it appears to be composed of two different states. One for the wealthy and the other for the impoverished and these states are growing ever further apart.

The income gap in Texas has never been bigger. The incomes of the richest 5 percent of households were 14.3 times greater than those of the poorest 20 percent. – That’s according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

And a new study shows that the rich are getting richer and the poor have a shrinking chance of working their way out of poverty.

Like it or not, television has the power to shape our perceptions of the world. So what do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people?

In life and on TV, "poor" is relative. Take breakfast: For Honey Boo Boo's family, it's microwaved sausage and pancake sandwiches; for children in The Wire's Baltimore ghetto, it's a juice box and a bag of chips before school; and on Good Times, set in the Chicago projects back in the 1970s, it was a healthier choice: oatmeal.

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Members of the San Antonio Potters Guild have been hard at work for months, creating thousands of bowls to benefit SAMMinistries this weekend.

For months now, pottery students Linda Perez and Deb Ferris and a dedicated group of fellow potters have been crafting bowls of different shapes and sizes to benefit San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries.

“This is a 12-hour process,” said Perez. “You change the ratio of air and gas so that reduction occurs two times during the firing.”

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"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them" -- Mark Twain.

Dr. John Miller, the author of the America's Most Literate Cities study, which ranked 77 of the nation's largest cities by six groupings of criteria, said that Twain quote perfectly encapsulates his attitude toward literacy.

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