MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — When Aida Oropesa and her husband Manuel hit the road with their four kids in tow to escape Hurricane Irma, they didn’t know where they’d end up. They just needed to get out of Miami. “At first we were going to go to North Carolina, then we thought Knoxville in Tennessee might be safe, but the cone of the hurricane was expected to go up that far, so we settled on travelling along the Gulf Coast toward Alabama,” said Oropesa, 31, in an interview with AL.com.
The Income and Poverty in the United States report for 2016, released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday, shows that the Yellowhammer State's poverty rate has dropped from 18.2 percent over 2013-2014 to 16.8 percent in 2015-2016, going by two year averages. Despite progress, Alabama ranks among one of the poorest states in country and is still above the national average of 12.7 percent, according to the report. The national average decreased from 14.8 percent in 2013-2014.
This story is a part of Ask Alabama, a weekly interaction with our readers, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. Alan Koch asks: "Why are there no 7-Elevens in Alabama?" 7-Eleven is one of the world's largest franchise companies. It has locations all over the world, including 32 states, and in places as far away as Singapore and Australia, but not one in Alabama or much of the south at all.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".