• $700K award to Minn. in Aflac settlement
    Minnesota will receive $700,000 as part of a settlement with Aflac insurance. Aflac bills itself as the number one provider of supplemental health insurance in the U.S.June 6, 2012
  • State auditor's study recommends a closer look at government consolidation
    A new report released today by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor suggests that local governments in Minnesota should give more consideration to consolidation.May 9, 2012
  • Officials: Al-Qaida bomber was CIA informant
    Last month, U.S. intelligence learned that al-Qaida's Yemen branch hoped to launch a spectacular attack using a new, nearly undetectable bomb aboard an airliner bound for America, officials say.May 9, 2012
  • Govt. won't begin collecting physician payment data until 2013
    The federal government will delay carrying out a key part of the health care overhaul that is aimed at shedding light on the financial relationships between doctors, drug companies, and medical device makers.May 4, 2012
  • Lift weights, eat carrots, play ping pong to keep driving
    Keeping elderly people like Glenda Noble in their cars is one way to address the economic and demographic factors that make it harder for many Minnesotans to get where they want to go.May 1, 2012
  • Red Lake tribal officials frustrated by dispute that keeps detention center empty, unused
    A funding dispute that lets a juvenile detention center sit empty and unused since it was built seven years ago has Red Lake tribal officials frustrated with the federal government.April 26, 2012
  • U of M professor studies the styles of Supreme Court justices
    Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota professor Timothy Johnson about how Supreme Court justices react to oral arguments over the nation's health care law at the Supreme Court.March 27, 2012
  • Monticello municipal broadband slugs it out
    Residents of Monticello started seven years ago to push for faster Internet service, and the bruising public-private battle that ensued is still going on. Residents have fast cheap service but the city's fledgling operation is struggling and under continued pressure from private competitors. Meanwhile, some lawmakers want to ban other cities from doing the same.March 26, 2012
  • Bonding will be the focus at the Minnesota Capitol this week
    Bonding bills will be in the spotlight this week at the state Capitol. But the Republican proposals for construction projects are nowhere near the size that DFL Governor Mark Dayton proposed, and that could make for a bumpy road during the final month of the legislative session. Lawmakers are also still trying to work out their differences on teacher seniority, and they might have to do the same on voter ID. Tim Pugmire talks about what we can expect this week with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer.March 26, 2012
  • Bill for managed care plans praised in Sen. committee
    A Senate committee on Monday heard testimony on legislation targeting health plans that do business with the state.March 13, 2012
  • Minn. legislators offer competing changes to health care
    Republicans legislators Monday introduced a bill that they say would be an alternative to a state-based health insurance exchange that is being considered by Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.March 5, 2012
  • Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packages
    A judge blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later this year to show the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit lighting up.February 29, 2012
  • Data: Violence, restraints common at Minnesota Security Hospital
    The world at the Minnesota Security Hospital is tense and sometimes violent. The state-run facility provides treatment to nearly 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous by the judicial system.February 28, 2012
  • State facility for the mentally ill risks losing license over turmoil
    The Minnesota Security Hospital shows little sign of turning around a trend of worsening problems and new tensions that have surfaced, according to employees interviewed by MPR News and previously unreleased data from the state Department of Human Services.February 28, 2012
  • Two bills regulating abortion advance in Senate
    The Senate Health and Human Services Committee today advanced two bills that would place restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.February 27, 2012

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