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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Hispanic Origin Population in the United States: 2007 and 2008

Categories: Hispanics,Population/Census,Statistics

Brief press release with links to detailed data covering demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the Hispanic population in 2007 and 2008. From the Census Bureau.

Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Reports that 9.8 million or 8.6% of U.S. households received food stamps/SNAP benefits in 2008. Shows the number and percentage of households receiving federal food benefits by state. From the Census Bureau.

Poverty: 2007 and 2008 American Community Surveys

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

Provides comparisons at the national and state levels for poverty during the 2007 to 2008 time period. Reports that an estimated 13.2% of the U.S. population had income below the poverty threshold in the past 12 months. Also shows the number and percentage of people in poverty by state. From the Census Bureau.

Teacher Strategies to Help Fourth-Graders Having Difficulty in Reading: An International Perspective

Categories: Education,Statistics

Describes eight different approaches used by teachers of reading in the U.S. and more than 40 other countries to help fourth-graders falling behind in reading. From the National Center for Education Statistics

The Role of Federal Gasoline Excise Taxes in Public Policy

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Financial Crisis/Markets,Taxes

Examines recent major developments relating to gasoline excise taxes and public policy: the economic downturn, gasoline price volatility, and the possible effects of climate change legislation. This report outlines some of the macroeconomic and microeconomic pros and cons of using the federal gasoline excise tax for policy purposes From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Virginia DEQ Finds Significant PCB Levels in James, Elizabeth River Watersheds

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Reports that significant levels of polychlorinated biphenyl chemicals are entering the upper tidal portions of the James and Elizabeth Rivers. Press release from an ongoing study by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

2007-2008 Citizenship Survey: Empowered Communities Topic Report

Categories: Great Britain,Statistics,Volunteering

Provides an examination of community empowerment: whether people feel they can influence local and national decisions. Also looks at people’s trust in institutions and what activities people actually take part in. From the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Housing in England, 2007-2008

Categories: Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

Offers statistics from the Survey of English Housing (2007). Reports that 14.6 million home owners represented 68% of all households in England. From the Department of Communities and Local Government.

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