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What we're reading - Sept. 9 2011

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: We've written before about the impact of budget cuts in state and local governments. This week, a few examples of those cuts hitting home. As the Michigan Citizen reports, in Highland Park, Mich., the city has long ...

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City versus banks on foreclosed homes in Richmond, Calif.

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Photo by William Harless Mayor Gayle McLaughlin talks about blight at the Refund & Rebuild Richmond community meeting. Police Chief Chris Magnus and Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles are on the right. Foreclosure affects not only unfortunate homeowners but whole communities. One study found that when an area's foreclosure rate increases by ...

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Minnesota wants new care model for elderly and disabled

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

  Graphic courtesy of Twin Cities Daily Planet Census data reveals over a quarter of the nation's population is now between the ages of 45 and 64. Because of the aging population, jobs for home health aides are expected to grow by 50 percent over the next decade. As Cynthia ...

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What we're reading - Sept. 2 2011

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: This week, of course, I was reading the August unemployment numbers. The unemployment rate held steady, and the labor force numbers actually ticked up microscopically, which means that unemployment isn't static because people are dropping out of ...

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What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.

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Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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