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Biden heads to Kentucky to survey flood damage and meet with victims
Politics

Biden heads to Kentucky to survey flood damage and meet with victims

Washington — President Biden and the first lady are expected to join Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, Britainy, as they meet with families and view damage from storms that have created the worst flooding in Kentucky's history.At least 37 people have died since last month's deluge, which dropped 8 to 10.5 inches of rain in only 48 hours. The National Weather Service said Sunday that flooding remains a threat, warning of more thunderstorms through Thursday. Monday's visit will be Mr. Biden's second to the state. He previously visited in December after tornadoes whipped through Kentucky, killing 77 people and leaving a trail of destruction. "I wish I could tell you why we keep getting hit here in Kentucky," Beshear said recently. "I wish I could tel...
State lotteries transfer wealth out of needy communities, investigation finds
Business

State lotteries transfer wealth out of needy communities, investigation finds

Over the past two decades, state lotteries have nearly doubled in size, driving a multibillion-dollar wealth transfer from low-income U.S. communities to powerful multinational companies.A nationwide investigation of state lotteries by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland found that lottery retailers are disproportionately clustered in lower-income communities in nearly every state. The investigation's analysis of cellphone location data shows that the people who patronize those stores come from the same kinds of communities.Once rare, lotteries now operate in all but five U.S. states. Driven by more than a half-billion dollars in annual ad spending, lottery ticket sales have grown from $47 billion to $82 billion since 2005, according to La F...