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Law Aims to Protect Consumers in Utility Cases

Law Aims to Protect Consumers in Utility Cases

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

A new law aims to ensure the interests of residential, low-income and small-business customers are considered in rate cases and other utility proceedings before the state Public Service Board.  The law requires the Public Service Department, an agency in the state executive branch, to focus more acutely on the interests of underrepresented groups when advocating on consumers’ behalf before the regulatory board. AARP helped draft the law and urged lawmakers to pass it.  “Large utilities and businesses have the resources …

Nurses Get Boost to Meet State’s Needs

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an Arkansas coalition is preparing nurses to address critical health care challenges. Co-led by AARP, the Arkansas Action Coalition encourages nurses to further their education and take on leadership roles. Arkansas is facing a projected 24 percent shortage of nurses needed in the state next year, which could worsen to a 34 percent shortage by 2020, a RWJF report shows. Thirty states received grants to bolster ongoing efforts to advance …

Workshops, Resources for New Entrepreneurs

Workshops, Resources for New Entrepreneurs

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Michelle Crouch Scott Buell, 61, worked in the pharmaceutical industry for three decades before he was laid off in 2009. But instead of retiring or looking for another job, Buell decided to take a bold step. He went into business for himself. “I decided I wanted to take control of my destiny,” said Buell, of Raleigh, who started a company with his son. “I had always thought about starting a business and this seemed like a good time,” he …

How to Volunteer: Opportunities Abound

How to Volunteer: Opportunities Abound

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Dana Neuts When Stephen Guild, 72, volunteered to work for the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center in Seattle, he did not know he would talk to a couple who lost all of their savings—$70,000—when they sponsored an Elvis impersonator who scammed them. “He was a smooth operator,” Guild recalled. It was too late to help that couple, but Guild has found fulfillment talking to other adults to help them avoid fraud. Guild volunteers several hours a week for …

Learn How to Avoid Scams

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

South Carolina is still reeling from a 2012 state government security breach that exposed about 3.8 million tax returns. AARP South Carolina and the Spartanburg County Public Safety Office are cosponsoring a free shredding event April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 150 S. Church St. in Spartanburg. People in any state and of any age can turn to the AARP Fraud Watch Network to learn about scams emerging close to home and how to fight back. To sign …

Seminars for Entrepreneurs

Seminars for Entrepreneurs

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Many boomers are launching small businesses—whether to augment income, pursue a dream or make the world a better place. To help them succeed, AARP New Hampshire, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Center for Women’s Business Advancement are cosponsoring seminars for encore entrepreneurs.  Three such events are scheduled this month in Keene, Lebanon and Plymouth. At each seminar, a panel of experts will discuss local resources available to people interested in starting or growing a new business.  Only 13 …