Health care overhaul has Minnesota counties scrambling The expansion of Medicaid to more than 151,000 newly eligible residents is happening at the same time that the state is overhauling its computer systems. To better manage it all, most counties are also in the midst of a hiring frenzy.5:20 p.m.
For severe mental health cases, a team approach The team approach, reserved for clients with the most severe mental illnesses who are able to live at home, has proven so successful that state officials are evaluating how a modified approach could help clients in prisons, and people in remote areas of the state.5:35 p.m.
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Military Signals Impending Crackdown On Morsi Supporters
Amid continuing violence in the streets of Cairo and other cities — including gun battles between supporters and opponents of the ousted Islamist president — Egypt's military chief is appealing for a "mandate to face terrorism." The general's speech and mass pro-government rallies planned for Friday have raised fears of an imminent crackdown on Mohammed Morsi's supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated
Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in Brazil, the first major trip of his papacy. But the Catholic Church in Brazil is facing challenges from evangelical Christians. And recently, the church excommunicated a priest, Roberto Francisco Daniel, who has outspoken positions on sexual issues and has argued for change in the church.
What's Swimming In The River? Just Look For DNA
Biologists have discovered they can track hard-to-see species in streams, ponds and even the ocean by sampling the water for DNA. Scientists say the technique is an important conservation tool: So far, it's been used to track declining giant salamanders and even locate a rare whale.
Original Singer Of 'Chock Full O'Nuts' Jingle Dies
The former singer of the "Chock Full O'Nuts" jingle has died. Page Morton Black was 97. She sang the jingle for her husband's coffee company and the tune was widely played — mostly in the New York area — in the 1960s.
Remembering Tupac's Breakout Album, 20 Years Later
This year marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable year in music: In 1993, more than a dozen rap artists released albums that helped change the sound of America. Among them was Tupac Shakur, who at 21 was on the cusp of superstardom. Just a few years later, he would be dead. (This piece initially aired July 19, 2013, on Morning Edition).
Proposed House Amendment Would Limit NSA's Authority
The House is voting on Wednesday on whether to take away funding from the National Security Agency for the program that collects the phone records of Americans. The amendment to the defense spending bill has the support of liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans, but is opposed by the Obama administration.
Full-Time Vs. Part-Time Workers: Restaurants Weigh Obamacare
With the new health care law on the horizon, the restaurant industry is looking carefully at the looming health insurance requirements. Some national chains are looking at ways of limiting the new law's impact on the bottom line, while other restaurant owners say the new law won't change much for them.
How Musicians Helped Integrate The Silver Screen
America's first Freedom Riders may well have been the black musicians who, in the '30s and '40s, broke ground in Hollywood. Those could have been milestone moments, but the industry responded to provincial concerns and allowed Jim Crow markets to cut out integrated scenes.