Even as national trends improved, the portion of households in Mississippi classified as ‘unbanked’ — those without a bank account — rose last year. The state, however, did notch improvement in the percentage of ‘underbanked’ — people who used payday loans and similar high-interest instruments.
An Investigation shows title-pawn companies in Middle Georgia enjoy little federal or state regulation. Three top companies headquartered in GA are TMX Finance, Select Management Resources, Community Loans of America.
The latest Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation report warns that global leaders need to invest in young people in Africa, where population growth threatens to eclipse the gains made by poverty reduction efforts in China and India.
Providing adequate funding, closing the achievement gap and improving teacher pay were ranked as the top education issues by a group of 60 North Carolina Influencers who are leaders in the political, business, academic and faith communities.
Stymied by legislative blockades, organizers in four states are trying to enact Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion by gathering petition signatures and putting the issue before voters in the 2018 mid-term elections. But only three southern states could employ the tactic.