Deal on state health coverage for the poor is unraveling It looks like the deal to continue state-paid health care for Minnesota's poorest residents is unraveling. The Hennepin County Board has rejected a contract with the state to have Hennepin County Medical Center take part in a new version of General Assistance Medical Care.5:20 p.m.
Audit critical of state's handling of private data The Office of the Legislative Auditor is recommending the state develop data security standards when hiring outside contractors handling private data, in the wake of problems the state encountered with a Texas-based firm hired to do employment verification.5:50 p.m.
Thor Odden, stranded in Rome Flight in schedules in Europe were almost back to normal today, but that doesn't really address the tens of thousands of flights that were canceled over the past week after the spread of volcanic ash from Iceland.6:20 p.m.
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Obama: No Abortion Litmus Test For Court
President Obama met with four key senators on Wednesday to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy, his priorities in filing the seat, and plans for Senate hearings. Before the meeting at the Oval Office, the president said he hopes to nominate someone to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens by the end of May, at the latest. The president also said there would be no "litmus test" on abortion.
Sen. Sessions On Supreme Court Vacancy
Melissa Block talks to Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee. Sessions attended a bipartisan meeting Wednesday morning at the White House, where he met with President Obama and other senators to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy that will be left once Justice John Paul Stevens retires.
With Eye On Fundraising, Parties Prep For Midterms
The latest data show that though the Democratic National Committee is being outraised by the Republican National Committee — $114 million to $121 million — it has just as much cash on hand: about $11 million.
House Investigates Possible Massa Cover-Up
The House ethics committee has taken the unusual step of opening an investigation into whether anyone improperly covered up knowledge of sexual harassment allegations against former Democratic Congressman Eric Massa of New York. NPR's Andrea Seabrook talks to Robert Siegel about the investigation of Massa, who resigned in March amid allegations that he harassed male staff members.
Tea Party: A State Of Mind
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr gives his thoughts on the Tea Party movement, and the role the loosely organized group might play in the midterm elections.
EU Officials Feeling Heat In Volcanic Ash Aftermath
There is a big debate in Great Britain about whether grounding planes was all a big mess — the line being that governments either overreacted to start with, or are now putting people's lives at risk by flying again. And it's still a mess for Brits in Madrid and elsewhere, with government help not materializing as promised.
Volcanic Ash In Europe Halts Airfreight In Asia
As flights over Europe resume, stricken businesses are starting to tally the cost of Iceland's volcanic eruption. Airspace closures have snarled global supply chains, with knock-on effects all the way down the line, including in Asia. It's bad news for consumers and manufacturers alike.
A Letter From My European 'Volcation'
Commentator Jonathan Kirby had timed his toiletries to run out just in time for the end of his European vacation. A week later, he's had to restock, couch-hop and wade through his mounting credit card debt. Though the Icelandic volcanic ash has turned him into a perpetual traveler, he says the transformation has been more adventure than toil.
Tribes Clash With Counties Over Property Taxes
American Indian tribes have been buying back land where their ancestors lived and putting it into federal trust, making that land exempt from state and local taxes. Tribes across the country have put more than 840,000 acres in trust in just the past decade. It's hitting counties particularly hard.
The Restless Guitar Of David Russell
Currently touring his new CD, Sonidos Latinos, Scottish-born guitarist David Russell explores the rich sounds of Latin America in NPR's studio.