- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2011

REGION

Census: Children in poverty rose about 1 million in ‘10

More than 15 million children lived in poverty in 2010, about 1 million more than in 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

No state saw a decrease in child poverty, and in 27 states, both the number and percentage of poor children rose. Ten states, including West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia had child-poverty rates of 25 percent or higher, according to the bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS).

In a separate ACS report, the bureau said that 13.6 million households received food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at any time in the past 12 months.

This represented nearly 12 percent of all U.S. households, up from around 10 percent in 2009. Forty-five states saw an increase in SNAP receipt.

In 2010, the average monthly benefit for SNAP was $133.79 per person, according to the Department of Agriculture. SNAP was once known as the food stamp program.

ILLINOIS

Gunman fatally shoots himself at FedEx center

BEDFORD PARK | A gunman walked into a Chicago-area FedEx shipping facility Thursday morning yelling for his wife, then fired several shots that sent panicked employees fleeing before he fatally shot himself, police said.

Nobody else was injured. The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Benyamin Robinson of Chicago, was found dead inside the facility a short time later, Bedford Park Police Chief Daniel Godfrey said.

The gunman was not an employee at the 183,000-square-foot shipping facility, but his wife works there.

Chief Godfrey said Robinson and his wife had been having “recent problems.” The gunman’s children were found safe at another location.

OHIO

Couple wire a student to hear teacher bullying

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