Friday, May 17 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-05-17 11:01:29 GMT
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed. The group said Friday the attackMore >>
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:35 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:35:35 GMT
Around 1:30 Thursday morning, the Owensboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Hampton Inn, located at 615 Salem Drive.Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised thatMore >>
Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised that a male subject entered the business armed with a rifle, and demanded money.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-16 10:53:21 GMT
Police say a 7-year-old boy is critically injured, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Indianapolis. The boy was hit about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the city's south side. A police spokesman saysMore >>
Officers were told that the boy was trying to cross the busy two-lane street when he was hit.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-15 10:53:05 GMT
European officials are investigating some of the world's biggest oil companies on suspicions of price manipulation over more than a decade. Shell, B-P and Statoil all say they're co-operating with theMore >>
The commission carried out unannounced inspections, because of concerns the companies may have worked together in reporting distorted prices.More >>
Oxbow put D. Wayne Lukas in the record books again with an upset of Orb in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, giving the Hall of Fame trainer his 14th win in a Triple Crown race.More >>
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SOURCE AARP New York State
Older African Americans More Acutely Affected by Proposal to Change Social Security
NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Congress continues to debate how to address the nation's debt, older African Americans could be facing a threat to their economic well-being should lawmakers decide to adopt a proposed change called a Chained CPI that would reduce Social Security benefits.
A Chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) would disproportionately affect older African Americans receiving Social Security because African American retirees rely more on the benefit for their total household income than older Whites. African Americans are less likely to receive other sources of retirement income such as pensions, retirement accounts like 401k's or IRA's, or income from other sources such as interest or dividends, making them more vulnerable to be plunged into poverty and forced to make difficult choices between things like buying food or prescription drugs.
For African Americans, Social Security makes up a significant share of their family income. A third of African Americans rely on Social Security for more than 90 percent of their income, while for a quarter of African Americans, Social Security is their only source of income. This is in comparison to 14 percent of older Whites relying on the benefit for all of their income.
"For the 3 million African Americans nationwide and the 8 out of 10 African Americans over the age of 65 that receive Social Security here in New York State, the Chained CPI represents an erosion in financial Security for those who simply cannot afford it," said Dionne Polite, Associate State Director for Multicultural Outreach for AARP New York. "Social Security is a vital source of income for older African Americans and AARP is calling on Congress to reject it."
A reduction in benefits could plunge more older African Americans into poverty. Currently, Social Security keeps over 30 percent of older African Americans out of poverty. For those who struggle to stay out of poverty, a benefit cut like the Chained CPI could disproportionately push more African Americans over the poverty line than older Whites. The poverty rate for older African Americans is 17 percent, more than double the rate for whites, which stands at 7 percent.
The disparity is largely due to the lack of other sources of retirement income and the lower amount of average Social Security monthly benefits that African Americans receive compared to that of whites.
"Social Security cuts via a Chained CPI snowball over time, and as prices rise, the move forces older African Americans to do more with less, taking billions out of the pockets of current and near retirees, working families, veterans and the disabled," added Polite. "This outcome of this debate could have very serious local consequences in Staten Island. AARP believes that Congress needs to reject this shortsighted change and instead find responsible ways to address our nation's budget challenges."
A Chained CPI (consumer price index) contains changes to the formula used to determine Social Security's annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), assuming that when prices for one thing goes up, people settle for cheaper substitutes (for example, if beef prices go up, they'll buy chicken). The "substitution" theory under a Chained CPI is inaccurate as most seniors can't simply trade down in their spending on prescription drugs, utilities and other fixed expenses. Moreover, the chained CPI compounds over time, reducing benefits by an even larger amount every year. For example, the average Social Security recipient who starts collecting benefits at age 65 would see their benefits cut by more than $600 over the next 5 years. Over ten years, the cut would grow to more than $2000.
In New York State, the Chained CPI would take $7 billion out of the pockets of New York State's Social Security beneficiaries, and over $2 billion from beneficiaries in New York City.
In the face of ever-increasing prices for health care, home heating, gasoline and grocery bills, asking seniors to give up more and more of their Social Security benefit as they age when every dollar counts is just plain wrong.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:54:39 GMT
Evansville police made a large drug bust Fir day night. It happened at a home in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue near Garvin Street. Police say officers were in the area and could smell a strong odorMore >>
Officers got a search warrant, and once inside the home, found what they call a substantial amount of marijuana.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:35:07 GMT
(KRIS/NBC) - A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home. That all changed thanks to one family who granted his wish, 24 hours before it was too late. DamienMore >>
A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:10:16 GMT
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse. Since the moving of Vulcan, OaklandMore >>
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:53:17 GMT
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. 28-year-old, Robert Adam Baxter of Greenville,More >>
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:05:55 GMT
Spend your Saturday enjoying some wine, art and jazz on Newburgh's Riverfront. Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Local wineries will be offeringMore >>
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN – New Albany police said Friday that a mother found dead along with her two young children in a creek in Binford Park in March drowned her two young children and then herself. New AlbanyMore >>
Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>
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