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From middle class to poverty in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Census Bureau recently reported that the poverty rate in the United States rose to 14.3 percent last year, the highest level in more than 50 years. Texas and Florida saw the most people fall below the line.

 
 

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The Fort Myers, Fla., area has scores of unsold properties and foreclosed homes. These homes were never completed and sit deteriorating.


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One family's plunge from the middle class into poverty
Article | FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Chrissanda Walker's bourbon-glazed chicken is just out of the oven. The bread pudding is finished. The collard greens worry her, though; she doesn't want to overcook them. Walker looks at the clock. It's 10 a.m. She's been on her feet since 6.

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