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Lakisha Briggs, at her house in Norristown, Pa. Briggs, who was being abused by her boyfriend, lodged a legal challenge against her eviction for having the police called too many times to her former residence. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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For Low-Income Victims, Nuisance Laws Force Ultimatum: Silence Or Eviction

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Appeals Court Considers North Carolina Voting Law

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Many Voters Frustrated With Their Party's Nominating Process

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Ohio voters at the polls in Cincinnati for the state's primary on March 15. John Sommers II/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Long Voting Lines And Claims Of A 'Rigged System,' Does My Vote Matter?

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Researchers Find Surprising Results After Testing A New Way To Measure Poverty

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Federal District Judge Upholds North Carolina's Sweeping Voter ID Law

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Marvin Cheatham, president of the Matthew Henson Neighborhood Association, stands in front of a row of abandoned homes in West Baltimore. He would like to see them torn down and replaced by a food market, a senior center and a health clinic — all of which the neighborhood currently lacks. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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In Baltimore, Hopes Of Turning Abandoned Properties Into Affordable Homes

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Voters line up to cast their ballots on Super Tuesday, March 1, in Fort Worth, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images hide caption

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What Keeps Election Officials Up At Night? Fear Of Long Lines At The Polls

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In A High-Rent World, Affordable And Safe Housing Is Hard To Come By

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Terrell Walker says that her apartment in Washington, D.C., has mold and problems with heating and old appliances. She's been withholding rent in an effort to get her landlord to fix up the apartment. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Low-Income Renters Squeezed Between Too-High Rents And Subpar Housing

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Meagen Limes of Washington, D.C., is struggling to pay rent on the apartment where she lives with her 4-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction

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The Landlord and Tenant Branch of Superior Court for the District of Columbia is where landlords in the city sue tenants, usually for not paying their rent. Josh Kramer for NPR hide caption

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Welcome To Rent Court, Where Tenants Can Face A Tenuous Fate

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