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Ali Budner


Ali Budner is an award-winning independent journalist based in Oakland, California. She reports on health, food, ecology, immigration, and the arts.

    Stories by Ali Budner

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    Plumas Schools Weigh Response To Opioid Epidemic

    June 15, 2017

    Plumas County has California's highest death rate from prescription opioid overdoses. This year the state made it legal for schools to stock the overdose reversal drug, but that might be easier said than done in Plumas.

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    A Tale Of Two Sectors

    February 9, 2017

    The general assumption for retirement security is a job in the public sector. The trade-off means lower pay, however. Meanwhile, the private sector has strayed from pension promises, but is a 401(k) worth it?

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    A Case Study On Pension Reform: San Jose's Grand Compromise

    December 29, 2016

    Cities and states across the country are facing public employee pension debt that is challenging and, in some cases, crippling their budgets. But some municipalities are experimenting with ways to solve that problem.

  • Depressed While Pregnant? A Confusing Decision, But Choosing Treatment Is Better Than Not

    December 13, 2016

    Depression during pregnancy is more common that most people think. For some women, it’s bad enough they may need medication. But what effect do antidepressants have on the fetus? That’s a question many are struggling with.