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All Things Considered
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mayor RybakMinneapolis Mayor Rybak to run Generation Next
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will take over a Minnesota education advocacy group once he leaves office in January.5:20 p.m.
  • Angela RueTougher GED prompts testing rush
    The GED diploma has helped high school dropouts for decades get into college or find a job. Earning that diploma, though, is about to get a lot harder. Starting Jan. 1, new exams will feature fewer multiple choice questions, more essays and tougher math problems.5:24 p.m.
  • New health insurance options coming to the Rochester area
    Insurance companies have stayed out of the Rochester market largely because Mayo sets prices in the region, and they're higher than anywhere else in Minnesota. Mayo officials say their costs are expensive because the clinic treats patients with complex illnesses.5:51 p.m.
  • E-scratch gameMinnesota State Lottery to introduce electronic scratch-off games
    The state lottery is poised to start selling the well-known games over the internet. Lottery officials say they need to stay competitive, but critics fear what could happen if the state begins to rely on Internet gambling.5:54 p.m.
  • Family businessAppetites: The decline of bees could change the way we eat
    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl joined MPR's Tom Crann about what she learned writing about the decline of bees for Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine.6:23 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge
    President Obama repeatedly said that anyone who likes their current health insurance policy would be able to keep it. But insurers have sent hundreds of thousands of cancellation notices to people who buy their own coverage — and some of them face significantly higher costs to get new policies under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Here's What You Need To Know About Obamacare And Your Health Plan
    The latest complaints about the health law center around the question of whether you can keep your current health plan if you like it. There actually are rules associated with the law that try to protect that right. Here's a primer on those rules.
  • Medicinal Laughs: Could 'Daily Show' Sour Millennials On ACA?
    Jon Stewart's news-driven comedy show has mined many a joke from the Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about whether the mockery could have a real impact on younger viewers' responses to the health care law.
  • What Does The Fox Say? 'It's Halloween'
    Fox costumes are on the rise this year thanks to a Norweigan duo's YouTube video gone viral: "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)."
  • Police, Community Relations Strained After Teen's Death
    In the Northern California town of Santa Rosa, a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old Latino boy holding a toy gun shaped like an assault rifle. Hundreds of protesters have marched to demand a transparent investigation into the case.
  • After Fire And Floods, Colo. Town Now Faces A Hospital Crisis
    The small tourism-dependent community of Estes Park, Colo., had a tough tourist season this year due to fires, flooding and the government shutdown. The resulting tourism decrease has also affected the town's hospital, where the cost of keeping staffing at normal levels comes at a higher cost these days.
  • Fed, Citing A Still-Struggling Economy, Will Keep Buying Bonds
    Federal Reserve policymakers wrapped up their two-day October meeting Wednesday by announcing that they will maintain the Fed's $85 billion per month bond purchase program. The central bank's statement said that conditions in the labor market have "improved" and inflation is modest. But, in explaining the decision to maintain the stimulus, the statement pointed to a slowing housing market and said that fiscal policy is "restraining economic growth."
  • Business Leader Sees Uncertainty, Increased Costs In Health Law
    Against the backdrop of big uncertainties business are facing — everything from the future of fed policy and leadership and gridlock in Washington to the effects of Obamacare, inflation and unemployment — Robert Siegel talks with Pat Meyer, president and CEO of windows and doors maker Pella Corporation for an on-the-ground sense of how businesses see these uncertain economic times.
  • Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women
    A strict voter ID law being tested in Texas is having unexpected consequences. It requires the name on voters' official ID to match with the name on their voter ID card. That's causing problems for some women, whose names changed because of marriage or divorce.
  • ACLU Report Questions 'Suspicious Activity' Reporting
    The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained internal documents from the federal government's anti-terrorism programs — relying on "suspicious activity reports" — that suggest that state law enforcement officials and others have repeatedly questioned their value.

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