Ask 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.
Lockheed 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.
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.