Poverty ties in with all kinds of social ills - low grades in 
  • chool, poor nutrition, violence, even asthma and shorter life expectancy.
       But poverty is about more than money. Poor people can't get at the opportunities and services middle-class Americans take for granted.     So the poor often sink into a cycle of day-to-day survival, which
     ensures that their children will be poor too.  In West Virginia, 360,000 people live below the poverty line, which 
    means they make less than $14,150 a year for a family of three. That means one of every five West Virginians is poor, including a lot of people's 
  • eighbors, baby sitters, yard workers, waiters, janitors and parking lot
  •  attendants. This year's Kids Count Databook compiled a list of opportunities and services from which poor families are often excluded. Inspired by the Kids Count report, five Gazette writers picked one topic each - banking, transportation, computers, education and recreation - to explore in coming weeks in the Gazette's Community section.  This week, staff writer Susan Williams explores the trials of working people in search of a simple checking account.  
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