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All Things Considered
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dr. Jon HallbergAsk Dr. Hallberg: End-of-life questions
    The federal government's role in end-of-life issues is in the news again. New Medicare reimbursment regulations originally included coverage for annual visits with doctors to talk specifically about end-of-life care. Now those annual visits have been removed from the regulations, and Dr. Jon Hallberg discussed the changes with MPR's Tom Crann.4:50 p.m.
  • Another $56 million available for heating help
    There's more money on the way to help low-income Minnesotans pay heating bills, but state officials aren't sure it will be enough to meet the need.4:55 p.m.
  • Skyway storeNew banking rules could shake up credit, debit reward card programs
    Revisions to banking rules in the works could shift power from banks to retailers, which may mean big changes in the shopping experience -- and the attractiveness of some reward cards.5:19 p.m.
  • Delta asks you to name your price, if you're willing to be bumped
    Most of us will be familiar with this airline scenario: you're waiting to board, and the airline announces they've overbooked. They're looking for volunteers to take a later flight, and they'll give you a voucher.5:24 p.m.
  • Lockheed MartinLockheed workers in Eagan get layoff, transfer news
    Lockheed Martin has decided to preserve 100 more jobs than expected out of the 1,000 jobs affected by the closing of the company's Eagan plant. The defense contractor announced in November that it's shutting down the facility by 2013.5:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • New Genetic Test Screens Would-Be Parents
    A powerful new test screens parents' DNA for hundreds of genes that are linked to inherited childhood diseases. The test, which costs less than $400, would let parents know if they both carry genetic mutations that could put a future child at risk.
  • The Ethics Of Genetic Tests For Would-Be Parents
    Dr. Jeffrey Botkin, a pediatrician and bioethicist at the University of Utah, speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about the ethics of genetic screening for childhood diseases. He says the key is education of the prospective parents before doing the testing, plus the timing of the screening.
  • Assessing Obama's Tucson Speech
    Speeches like the one President Obama gave in Tucson on Wednesday can be turning points for a president. And while it's too early to tell if that will be the case for Obama, the early assessments are already rolling in.
  • Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers
    In October 2009, the Army began assessing the "spiritual fitness" of troops, saying that people who are inclined toward spirituality seem to be more resilient. Now some soldiers say the test violates their First Amendment rights -- and they are threatening to sue.
  • This Time, You Can Hear Her Finish The National Anthem
    Eight-year-old Elizabeth Hughes was doing a great job singing The Star-Spangled Banner last week at a Norfolk Admirals minor league hockey game when the microphone cut out with about 30 seconds to go. Then the crowd joined in. The video's gone viral.
  • Solving A 1964 Cold Case: Mystery Of Frank Morris
    Forty-six years ago, a Louisiana shoe shop was burned to the ground in the middle of the night, killing the owner, Frank Morris. For decades, the Ku Klux Klan was suspected, but the incident went unsolved despite an FBI investigation. A local journalist has followed the case for years and now says he knows who did it.
  • JFK, Digitized: Presidential Archive Debuts Online
    The 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration may seem like ancient history to some. But the Kennedy Library and the National Archives hope to make that history more accessible: They have put all of the 35th president's important speeches, papers and recordings online.
  • Git Along, Little Dogies: Bob Mondello Rustles You Up A Western Starter Kit
    With True Grit raking in money in theaters, it's a good time to explore the Western, if you never have. We've got a list of essential picks you shouldn't miss when you take off across this particular frontier.
  • Giffords' Condition Continues To Improve
    On Thursday, doctors treating Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said they were able to sit her up and dangle her legs off the bed. They even spoke of removing her breathing tube Friday.
  • Recovering From A Gunshot To The Head
    Doctors says the outlook continues to look positive for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to survive after being shot in the head. What is unknown is what sort of recovery she can expect, and how long and difficult the recovery will be. Jay Gordon is an attorney who suffered a similar injury in 1986, and returned to work just 5 weeks later. NPR's Michele Norris talks to Gordon about his recovery.

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