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Tour Of North Carolina’s Poverty Areas Heads West

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(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An effort by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and other groups to spotlight poverty across North Carolina is hitting the road again.

The third part of the tour of North Carolina’s poverty-striken areas begins Monday in Greensboro  followed by stops in Rockingham, Surry, Forsyth, Rowan, Catawba, Henderson, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties.

The tour is stopping in rural counties and inner-city neighborhoods where residents struggle to find work, housing, transportation and enough food. Last month, participants visited northeastern North Carolina.

Census figures show more than 17 percent of North Carolina’s population were living in poverty based on federal guidelines in 2010, up from more than 16 percent in 2009. About one in four children were living at or below the poverty level.

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