A warm and cheery voice familiar to millions is going away. Bruce Bradberry is retiring. Bradberry, who has been a fixture on NWPR's Weekend Edition for 20 of the last 26 years (he retired a few times before), will turn off the mic for probably the last time on April 26 to take up the next chapter of the Book of Bradberry, whatever it may be.


A new luxury resort has opened on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando. And it could soon start to pay a dividend to Washington state’s retired public employees. That’s because the state’s investment board is a majority owner of the company that owns the resort. It’s a story we first brought you two years ago.

The Brando is a $4000 per night resort that made CNBC’s list of “Hot travel trends for the uber-rich.”

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Oregonians could have another option when it comes to saving for the future. State treasurer Ted Wheeler outlined a proposal for a state-managed retirement savings plan Monday.

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When you approach your golden years, who doesn't look forward to peace and quiet surrounded by a supportive community? That desire led some retirees to relocate to a tiny town deep in the woods of southwest Washington. Ryderwood bills itself as the nation's first seniors-only retirement village. But the tranquility that lured people there went missing during a long and divisive lawsuit. The case questioned whether this 400 or so strong community could be so exclusive. It came replete with allegations of shunning, death threats, uncollected garbage and the tossing of a headless rabbit. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the relief that has followed a settlement.

SALEM, Ore. – Republicans and Democrats at Oregon's capitol want to balance the state budget by taking aim at the pension system for public workers. Both parties as well as Governor John Kitzhaber say changes to the retirement system would help prevent more cuts to schools. But retirees claim the proposals would break a promise.

A special report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds more people than you might expect over 100 years old in the Northwest. Correspondent Tom Banse has the numbers.

PORTLAND - As gay and lesbian people age, their need for retirement options mirrors those of the general population. But they often face unique challenges, especially when it comes to finding housing. For instance, some active-living retirement facilities don't allow unmarried couples to live together. And some gay seniors fear a cold shoulder from staff or fellow retirees. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.