Pfeffer News


Retirement Redefined: Recession and the Golden Years

Hard Economic Times Lead to Unexpected Lifestyles

Part 1 – Prescott, AZ – Fewer Americans today envision relaxing in retirement as more
than half of those age 55 and older struggle financially to retire. Laurel Morales reports as
baby boomers age, many face diminished 401(k)s, dwindling entitlements
and growing medical bills.

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What Happens if You Outlive Your Savings?  


Part 2 – Tucson, AZ – As medical technology has improved, people are living longer, often well past expectations.  But Michel Marizco reports that’s leading to other problems: Longevity is stripping
away savings and making it harder to make ends meet in the Golden Years.

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Baby Boomers Want Jobs, Not a Recliner

Part 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Ever-increasing life expectancies have opened a new stage between
mid-life and anything resembling old age. Devin Browne Looks at a growing number of baby boomers who are entering
their 60s and rejecting notions they should idle away or play golf for
30 years. Instead, they want another career.


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Are Pensions Enough for Blue Collar Workers?

Part 4 – San Diego, CA – City and state workers across the Southwest have historically put up
with mediocre salaries for the guaranteed pension benefits that come
with the job. But those days may
be over due to hard economic times. Ruxandra Guidi reports San Diego is a poster child for this
looming pension crisis as it closes a $2.1 billion deficit.

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Congress Looks to Change Clean Water Act

Charleston, WV

West Virginia Public Broadcasting – As the Clean Water Act approaches its 40th birthday, supporters say it
is under assault by Congress. One West Virginia representative is on the
front line of a battle to change the landmark act. Patrick Terpstra reports.

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“Wiring” the Pacific Ocean

Seattle, WA

N3 – This spring, there was a big volcanic eruption in the Pacific
Northwest. If you missed it, you’re not alone. It happened under the
ocean off the northern Oregon coast. All this week, a University of
Washington research ship is streaming live video via satellite of lava
flows in the undersea crater. Tom Banse reports that in a couple years, you should be able to watch on the internet 24/7, made possible by a new underwater fiber optic cable.

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Cincinnati Public Schools Change Course

Cincinnati, OH

State Impact Ohio – Last year, Cincinnati Public Schools made history as the only urban
school district in Ohio to reach an “effective” rating on the state
report cards. This year, it once again is the only urban school district
to get a “B”.  Ida Lieszkovszky reports on how it managed to go from the equivalent of an “F” ten years
ago to consistent “B’s” today.

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Foreclosures Decline and Foreclosure Businesses Thrive

Roseville, MI

Changing Gears – Foreclosure activity dropped by more than a third this past year,
according to the group RealtyTrac. But despite the national slowdown,
regional companies that take care of foreclosed homes are still
thriving. Kate Davidson reports their job is to keep empty houses clean and safe from the
forces that depress local property values: squatters, thieves and decay.

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Deportation May Hinge on Who You Know

Miami, FL

WLRN – Last year, Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, a law that would
allow some undocumented school-aged kids to stay in the country. Since
then, President Obama has told local immigration offices to choose which
undocumented students can stay and who must go. But when a field office
in northern Florida tried to deport an 18-year-old girl, a powerful
South Florida advocate intervened. And as
Sarah Gonzalez reports, deportation often comes down to who you

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Canada Geese are Permanent Residents

Edgewater, MD

WAMU – What happens when birds everyone expects to migrate just, well,
don’t? Much like an unwanted house guest who overstays his or her
welcome, non-migratory Canada geese set up shop year-round. Sabri Ben-Achour reports this causes
problems for humans and the environment alike.

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As Flooding Increases, Farmers Accede to Nature

Jackson County, IA

Harvest Public Media – For much of the Midwest, flooding seems to be the new normal. Those who farm along rivers have been left with broken levees, damaged
crops, and gouged-out fields that need expensive repairs. Kathleen Masterson reports as climatologists predict more severe rainfall in the future, some farmers are letting nature take its course.

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Rotary Club Tries to Shed Stodgy Image

Seattle, WA

KPLU – Mention Rotarians and most people’s thought bubble consists of this: A
group of older white guys in suits meeting for breakfast. But that’s
changing. Vanessa Romo reports a Rotary club in Seattle that’s working hard
to buck that stereotype.

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Gun Makers Target Women

Concord, NC

WFAE – Three new shooting ranges are opening in Concord, Cornelius, and Mooresville. Despite the slow economy, owners of those businesses are confident they’ll do well. Scott Graf reports that’s because they plan to target women who are buying guns
like never before.

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Hurling Helps Military Men Readjust to Civilian Life

Concord, NH

NHPR – Hurling is a fast-paced contact sport that’s a cross between rugby and
hockey. Shannon Mullen reports Celtic warriors brought this sport to Ireland thousands of years ago,
and it still appeals to military men seeking comaraderie in the U.S.

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Seniors Struggle to Eat

Ortonville, MN

MPR – Senior citizens are
especially vulnerable to the negative effects of hunger, because many
live on fixed incomes and already face health problems. Research shows that seniors who
struggle with food are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor
health. Julie Siple reports in order to afford food, seniors stretch dollars and rely on others.

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Child Support Orders Not Always Enforceable

Wildomar, CA

The California Report – For many mothers in California, child support payments can be hard to
collect. But for women with outstanding claims against
Native American tribal members, it can be almost impossible.
Kelley Weiss explains that’s because sovereign nation tribes are not required to comply
with state child support orders. 


Drought Hurts Ranchers, Farmers in Texarkana

Texarkana, AR/TX

KUAR – As most of Texas and southern Arkansas endure severe drought conditions,
cattle raisers and farmers in the regions are doing their best to
compensate. But Sabrina McCormick reports less hay and higher feed prices are forcing cattle
raisers to sell off some of their herds early, while farmers are
yielding less crops.

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School’s Proximity to Industry Raises Health Concerns

Birmingham, AL

Southern Education Desk – The Walter Coke plant in North Birmingham makes high-grade coke used in blast furnaces and foundries. But according to a class-action lawsuit, that’s not all it makes: property owners allege carcinogens from the plant have drastically lowered their property values. But Dan Carsen reports, for people living and going to school in this industrial area, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Recall Battle Plays Out on TV

Milwaukee, WI

WUWM – Political scientists are predicting record-breaking spending on the
August recall elections of eight state senators. On Thursday we reported
on how much is anticipated – some say upwards of $20 million. Ann-Elise Henzl reviews the messages the money is buying.

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