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Across the Inland Empire, many are feeling the pinch of inflation and can’t keep up with the rising costs of food.
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The $250 on Diana Hernandez’s CalFresh food benefits card doesn’t go as far as it used to. A single parent, the 26-year-old juggles working at a grocery store and driving for Instacart, all while taking care of her two children.
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Like many families in the sprawling Inland Empire, the Zavalas feel the pressure record inflation this summer has put on their wallets over the past year.
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain and heart issues now plague David Chenault and he is required to see a list of specialists, but none of them are in that part of the Delta.
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In recent years, there have been efforts to increase other competency restoration alternatives – like jail-based or outpatient methods – but for some people, those options are not always available.
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To put the Delta on the same playing field as other parts of the state for business growth, there needs to be a large-scale investment in infrastructure, health care, school systems and more, medical experts said.
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"There used to be a time when license plates had numbers on it for each county based on population and Pulaski County was one and Jefferson County and Mississippi County were two and three."
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Workers are being forced to choose between unemployment or returning to work and risking their family's health.
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Courtney Teague, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship....
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After Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi's coastal economy never fully recovered — and neither have its people.

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