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January 13, 2014 10:39 PM

As more seek help to pay utility bills, funding for assistance dwindles

For thousands of families in the Kansas City area, being put out into the cold or living in it remains a harsh reality even as temperatures return to normal winter levels. The rub is that over the last seven years — when the need has been the greatest in the shank of terrible economic times —funds for utility assistance have been shrinking.

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