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Local News with Jeff Lane

(Wayne County, IN)--The annual Kids Count Data Book was released Monday morning.  It’s the annual report on the well-being of Indiana children.  Wayne County ranks in the top ten statewide for children who live in poverty.  25%, or one out of every four Wayne County children, are now considered to be living in poverty.  That’s the 9th highest rate in the state.  On the positive side, Wayne County has one of the lowest rates statewide of pregnant women who smoke at 11%.  Wayne County also has the most mental health providers per capita in the state at one counselor for every 213 people.  That’s nearly twice as many as the next closest county.  Fayette County had the highest rate in the state of kids who are food insecure at 24%.  Fayette County also had one of the top ten highest rates of child abuse and neglect.  Union County had one of the state’s highest rates of children who moved away.  The population dropped 15.5% last year.

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