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Report: Malheur kids mired in poverty

Volunteers serve up fish sticks as part of a free lunch at Wadleigh Park in Vale on Monday, July 23. (The Enterprise/Carolyn Agrimis)

VALE – Children in Malheur County are almost twice as likely to be living in poverty compared to the rest of the state, according to recently released numbers.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual report on state poverty levels, ranking Oregon at 30th in the United States with 17 percent of Oregon kids listed as living in poverty.

Malheur County’s child poverty rate in 2017 . . .