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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Doctor writing prescriptionMedicare to cut payments to doctors
    Medicare plans to cut physician payments 10 percent on Jan. 1, 2008. According to a new American Medical Association survey, 60 percent of doctors say the cut will force them to limit the number of Medicare patients they actually serve.5:20 p.m.
  • Dry grassDry weather worries parts of region
    Despite heavy rain across parts of the region, concerns remain about dry conditions in Minnesota and South Dakota.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Powell: Thinning U.S. Resources Will Require Pullout
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell does not support efforts to bring home U.S. troops now, but he believes they will have to start returning in 2008 because the military is stretched too thin. Powell also says the U.S. must find a way to talk to Hamas.
  • Some Haditha Cases Seen Weakening
    Seven Marines face charges of murder and dereliction of duty in the 2005 deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha. But investigative officers are recommending that some charges be reduced, raising questions about whether the government's case is unraveling.
  • Russian Billionaire: U.K. Police Issued Warning
    As Russia's envoy to Britain says Moscow might respond in the next 48 hours to London's expulsion of four Russian diplomats, a U.K.-based billionaire tells the BBC that British police told him of a plot against his life three weeks ago.
  • Effort to Force Vote on Iraq Troop Pullout Fails
    A majority of the Senate was ready to have the vote, but Senate rules require 60 votes to cut off debate, and only four Republicans were willing to join the Democratic majority in favor of doing that Wednesday.
  • Cheney's Energy Task Force Records Revealed
    Washington Post White House correspondent Michael Abramowitz in Wednesday's paper reveals records from Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force. Cheney's office has fought to keep records from those meetings secret.
  • Saudi Government Curbs Religious Police
    In the conservative Wahhabi Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the government has imposed limits on the powers of the controversial religious police force. Two people died recently after being detained for alleged violations of Islamic law.
  • 'Shoot the Widow': A Biographer's Challenges
    In Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject, author Meryle Secrest talks about the challenges of writing a biography, from overprotective family members to death threats to growing too close to her subject.
  • Rice: U.S. Will Not Negotiate with Hamas
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the new push in the Middle East will not include talks with Hamas. Rice defends the Bush administration's decision to re-engage in the Middle East peace process, its support of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, its fight against al-Qaida and its strategy in Iraq.
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hamas?
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the new White House initiative on the Middle East will not include talks with Hamas. Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell says the administration should talk to Hamas. Michele Norris talks to Cam Simpson of the Wall Street Journal about how to best achieve peace in the region.
  • Immigrants Try to Keep Up with Green Card Yo-Yo
    Immigrants in the U.S. on temporary visas who wish to stay permanently have another chance at a green card. In recent weeks, the government put out the notice that a new round of applications was being accepted, then the notice was rescinded. Now, the door has been opened again.

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