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All Things Considered
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • House Speaker Kurt ZellersLawmakers pass tax bill, borrowing on tobacco payments
    The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year. The bill also includes the provision to let the state borrow against future tobacco settlement payments, which is a key piece of new revenue that led to the budget deal.3:20 p.m.
  • Road workState transportation cuts lessened under agreement
    The transportation bill agreed to as part of the state budget agreement doesn't cut transit funding as deeply as originally proposed and even contains some additional money for road maintenance.3:25 p.m.
  • Dr. Jon HallbergHallberg: Do nice patients receive better care?
    Medical journals tend to focus on scientific studies and medical data. A recent headline in the Journal of the American Medical Association went a different direction: Do Nice Patients Receive Better Care?3:48 p.m.
  • At a glance: Details of the budget bills
    Final agreements on several budget bills are being made public. As the work on the remaining bills continues, MPR will add details as they are announced.3:54 p.m.
  • House Speaker Kurt ZellersLawmakers pass tax bill, borrowing on tobacco payments
    The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year. The bill also includes the provision to let the state borrow against future tobacco settlement payments, which is a key piece of new revenue that led to the budget deal.4:20 p.m.
  • SBA Loan CenterTemporary SBA center for Mpls. tornado aid closes today
    Today is the last day for north Minneapolis homeowners, renters and business owners to apply for disaster loans at a temporary help center set up in the tornado zone.4:50 p.m.
  • House Speaker Kurt ZellersLawmakers pass tax bill, borrowing on tobacco payments
    The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year. The bill also includes the provision to let the state borrow against future tobacco settlement payments, which is a key piece of new revenue that led to the budget deal.5:20 p.m.
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities campusBill cuts funding for higher education by 10%
    In the next two years, Minnesota's higher education system will each receive a little over a billion dollars in state aid, 10 percent less than they received in the previous two years.5:25 p.m.
  • Road workState transportation cuts lessened under agreement
    The transportation bill agreed to as part of the state budget agreement doesn't cut transit funding as deeply as originally proposed and even contains some additional money for road maintenance.5:50 p.m.
  • At a glance: Details of the budget bills
    Final agreements on several budget bills are being made public. As the work on the remaining bills continues, MPR will add details as they are announced.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Sen. Warner Discusses What's In The Gang Of Six Plan
    Robert Siegel talks to Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner about the Gang of Six's bipartisan deficit reduction proposal.
  • House Takes Up 'Cut, Cap and Balance' Bill
    The House of Representatives takes up the "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill Tuesday. The Tea Party Caucus strongly favors the effort to cap federal spending at 18 percent of the GDP — a rate not seen since 1966 — and the plan to pass a balanced-budget amendment. But the bill stands almost no chance in the Senate and faces a veto threat from the White House.
  • Medical Panel Recommends No-Cost Birth Control
    A study from the Institute of Medicine calls for free contraception for women as well as additional services to be added to the list of preventive care women should be offered with no cost-sharing.
  • Why Borders Failed While Barnes & Noble Survived
    It appears to be all over for the Borders bookselling chain. Almost 11,000 employees will lose their jobs when the company closes its remaining 400 stores by the end of September. Though the two chains pioneered the book megastore business 40 years ago, Borders made some critical missteps over the years that cost it the business.
  • Requiem For Pork Bellies
    The life and death of pork-belly futures, explained by a trader in Chicago's meat pit.
  • San Francisco Superior Court Faces Massive Layoffs
    San Francisco Superior Court is laying off 40 percent of its staff and shuttering 25 of its court rooms due to state budget cuts. The downsizing means legal disputes will take many times as long to make it through the system.
  • Hopeful Applicants Settle For Spare Job Openings
    Near Allentown, Pa., Peter Rittenhouse runs two Nestle Water bottling plants. There's no shortage of applicants, he says, but many lack the computer and technical expertise to work in a highly automated factory.
  • Ads Push For Middle Ground Amid Syrian Conflict
    Media professionals in Damascus who used to work on campaigns for breakfast cereals and home mortgages are now turning their talents toward a campaign they say promotes a peaceful, democratic way out of the ongoing clashes in Syria. The polarization in the country, they say, is profound.
  • Summer Sounds: Paddleball
    Listener Erika Bocian joins the many people telling us about the sounds that evoke summer for them. Hers is the sound of paddleball being played.
  • Michael Vick Discusses Anti Animal Fighting Bill
    Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, about a bill that will crack down on criminals who finance — and bring children to — dogfights and cockfights.

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