Alicia Nieves, KXLH - Helena

Alicia Nieves

KXLH - Helena

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Past articles by Alicia:

Landlords and tenants teaming up now more than ever during this pandemic

Bob Pennigar, president of the National Apartment Association, says the $25 billion Congress set aside for rent relief has played a major role in residential landlords and tenants working together over the past four months. → Read More

Agency urges banks to work with homeowners to prevent foreclosures

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a warning this month to banks, essentially asking banks to start working with homeowners to prevent foreclosures. → Read More

Restaurant industry struggles to get workers to come back

The volatility of the restaurant industry may have scared many people away from continuing a career in it. Some have decided to transition fields that have thrived during the pandemic. → Read More

Jobs are bouncing back and it’s better than expected

According to the latest job report, the U.S. gained 916,000 jobs last month, which is far more than the 675,000 jobs that analysts expected. → Read More

Fujian Americans push to make change: ‘We’ve waited 100 years’

This year, Hailing Chen decided to further stand up for his community by running for office in the biggest city in the country. He is the first immigrant from the Fujian Province to ever do so. → Read More

Despite Tax Day extension, experts say millions may struggle to pay their tax bills

Bob Probasco’s tax clinic focuses on helping people who are struggling to pay. His first piece of advice for anyone who is worried about their potential tax bill is not to avoid the issue. → Read More

Some colleges are withholding degrees over unpaid fees; advocates push for action

According to a report by Ithaka S+R, more than 6 million Americans are dealing with their degree being withheld by universities over fees. → Read More

The impact that one year of student loan relief has had amid pandemic

The couple got married on November 25, 2020, with just their closest friends and family. The wedding cost them around $8,000, almost exactly what she would’ve paid this past year in student loan repayment. → Read More

With candle sales up, manufacturers face labor challenge to meet demand

The unexpected sales growth in the candle industry has presented a challenge for manufacturers that had to temporarily close factories in 2020 and have struggled to ramp production back up ever since. → Read More

Surge in pet adoptions helping pet businesses bounce back amid pandemic

This pandemic trend of more people getting pets has so far been a major win-win for both businesses and people alike. For new pet owners, they have much-needed companionship during a year of isolation. For pet businesses, it’s helping them bounce back after a rough few months. → Read More

Help for nonprofits: Study show one-third could close within two years

Despite the loss in revenue, new challenges to run the nonprofit restaurant during a pandemic, and the uncertainty of donations, Cartier is determined to keep the nonprofit going. It simply means too much to all her employees. → Read More

Millions are getting unemployment tax bills, Congress sending some relief

Many of those who filed for and received unemployment benefits are now surprised by a hefty tax bill. For some, their bills have been a few hundred dollars, and for others, it’s been a few thousand. → Read More

Spike in new business applications as unemployed Americans create their own jobs

New business applications are spiking again, as some unemployed create jobs after frustration in waiting for jobs to return. → Read More

Blue-collar jobs may help millions of unemployed Americans get back to work

There are more construction jobs than workers, an opportunity for the unemployed. → Read More

Programs see up to a 30 percent increase in applications for healthcare careers

In addition to increases in its traditional nursing program, Duquesne University's School of Nursing is also seeing an uptick in people applying and enrolling in its second-degree program that is geared toward those switching careers. → Read More

Latino-owned businesses seeing record growth despite racial disparities in lending

New research is showing racial bias in banking, particularly toward the fastest growing group of small business owners in the United States: Latinos. → Read More

Soaring housing prices during pandemic may point to split economic recovery

Economists believe Congress’s next stimulus package should be targeted to those still struggling. A careful and intentional effort to prop up millions of unemployed Americans would lead to a more equitable recovery and avoid further increases in wealth gaps in the U.S. → Read More

#ShareMyCheck: Stimulus checks being donated to those who may need them more

Teacher Matthew Pierce purchased more than 40 Uber Eats gift cards for students, sending them electronically to students in need. Oftentimes, he included a note of encouragement with the gift. → Read More

Americans still waiting for enhanced unemployment benefits promised in December

According to research by the Century Foundation, almost every state had a two-week delay on implementing the new unemployment benefits passed in December. → Read More

All U.S. jobs lost in December belonged to women, according to job report

Researchers believe the job loss is related to two main factors: women are having to leave the workforce to care for children at home and more employers are letting go of women than their male counterparts. → Read More