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All Things Considered
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ray MarsnikSchool districts struggle to pay retirees' health benefits
    Some Minnesota school districts may have to go into debt to pay for the rising cost of health care for their retired employees. But some are unhappy about paying higher taxes to fund someone else's health benefits.5:19 p.m.
  • Mailbox7 Minn. post offices to close; others to trim services
    The United States Postal Service is preparing to close seven post offices across Minnesota in the first wave of what may be historic change for the mail service.5:23 p.m.
  • Max SparberCritics, bloggers weigh the future of arts coverage
    The movement of arts coverage from traditional media to online arts blogs and independent writers is changing how organizations promote and market their work.5:51 p.m.
  • Electronics giant Best BuyShould Twitter followers be a job requirement?
    Electronics retailing giant Best Buy got quite a bit of attention when they listed 250 Twitter followers as a requirement on a recent job posting. Jon Gordon, host of MPR's Future Tense, talked with Tom Crann, who asked whether Best Buy is a front-runner in wanting employees involved in social media.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama: Overtreatment Drives Health Care Costs
    President Obama, and experts from the Mayo Clinic, are advocating an end to the "fee for service" system that encourages doctors to order more office visits, tests and procedures — and pushes up costs for health care.
  • AMA Chief: Health Bill Still In Early Stages
    The American Medical Association, which last week backed the House Democrats' version of a bill to overhaul health care, endorsed the measure not for what it is now, but for what it may yet become, Dr. James Rohack says. He says the status quo is unacceptable.
  • Senate Cuts F-22 Money In Line With Obama Wishes
    The Senate heeded President Obama's first veto threat and voted Tuesday to delete close to $2 billion in defense funding for F-22 fighter jets. The president and the defense secretary had said the planes were not needed, and the Obama administration saw the vote as a key test of whether Congress would go along with efforts to restructure the military.
  • McCain, GOP Apologize To Jackson Browne
    Singer Jackson Browne has settled a lawsuit with the national and Ohio Republican Party as well as Sen. John McCain. At issue was a 2008 campaign ad that used Browne's song Running On Empty without his permission. Browne settled in return for an apology and an undisclosed amount of money.
  • Californians Want Change After Budget Impasse
    California's unprecedented fiscal meltdown has a growing number of people looking for new options. Fixing the dysfunction is the goal of new bipartisan groups looking at possible solutions, including a major overhaul of the state's often-amended constitution.
  • Pez Maker Is Sour On Museum's Memorabilia
    The Austrian creator of Pez dispensers is suing a small museum in Northern California that displays a huge Pez snowman outside its doors. The museum is full of Pez-related material, but the company claims trademark infringement, saying: "It's only Pez if we say it's Pez."
  • Clinton Worried By N. Korea-Myanmar Ties
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised concerns Tuesday about a growing military relationship between North Korea and Myanmar. Such cooperation between two repressive regimes would be destabilizing to the region, she said, and would pose a direct threat to Myanmar's neighbors.
  • U.S. Visit A Balancing Act For Iraq's Maliki
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki makes his first visit to the Obama White House on Wednesday. With the election season under way in Iraq, Maliki will be keeping an eye on domestic politics there while he's in the United States. He risks losing votes if he's seen as too pro-American, but he's counting on U.S. support at the United Nations.
  • Golfer Tom Watson Takes Loss In His Stride
    On the doorstep of age 60, Tom Watson came within a putt of winning golf's British Open on Sunday. He lost the lead on the last hole of regulation play and then lost a playoff to Stewart Cink. Watson says he played the last hole the way he intended.
  • Walter Cronkite Will Be Hard To Replace
    Three decades after he reluctantly vacated the anchor seat at CBS News, no one has come to fill Walter Cronkite's place in American hearts and minds as the prototype newsman. And, given the trend toward tabloid journalism, we are not likely to soon see another "Uncle Walter."

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