Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD.

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Two mended hearts

Marriage | Forgiveness enabled Kathi and Hal Higley to heal from trauma and an affair (Third in a series on long marriages)
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/12/19, 04:39 pm

In 1986, Hal Higley found a letter addressed to his wife in the mail. When he asked Kathi, she said it was from a friend in Louisiana, but their strained marriage had left him suspicious. Later, as they put their three kids in the car to go to dinner, Hal slipped inside to search for the letter and found it hidden in a drawer. When he read it, he said, his “whole world fell apart.” The letter was from another man.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rich Pedroncelli

Income minus work

Compassion | Campaign season brings back a flawed idea for fighting poverty
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/11/19, 05:10 pm

The midsize city of Stockton, Calif., grants some residents an extra special perk: $500 a month in additional income. The money, part of a privately funded poverty-fighting experiment, allows 31-year-old Jovan Bravo to take off from his construction job every other Saturday.

“It’s made a huge difference,” Bravo said. “Just being able to spend more time with the wife and kids, it brings us closer together.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman

Proper payment

Effective Compassion | How will state governments spend the money gained from opioid lawsuits?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/04/19, 05:32 pm

Court cases against opioid manufacturers are starting to make big bucks for the nation’s hardest-hit states. With potentially billions of dollars coming in, advocates for victims and their families want to make sure the money goes to help the people who need it most.

Opioid makers are dumping hundreds of millions of dollars in state coffers.

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