Health care reform's job impact uncertain The idea that a federal law will eliminate jobs is particularly troublesome at a time when the nation struggles to climb out of a recession and millions are out of work.7:40 a.m.
Twins baseball preview: player updates from Florida It's hard to believe with all the snow that's still on the ground, but the Major League Baseball regular season begins two weeks from tomorrow. The Twins are in Florida right now preparing for the season. LaVelle Neal, who covers the team for the Star Tribune, has the latest from spring training camp.7:45 a.m.
Warmer days threaten flooding in southeastern Minnesota Temperatures in much of Minnesota have a shot at 50 degrees today, Thursday and again over the weekend and into early next week. And much like the rest of the state, residents in southeastern Minnesota are preparing for the string of warmer days, rapid snow melt and potential flooding.8:25 a.m.
The question of fetal pain is at the heart of a new abortion bill Today a Minnesota House Committee will hear a bill that would ban abortions on all fetuses older than 20 weeks. Proponents of the bill contend that a fetus older than 20 weeks can feel pain. Dr. Sunny Anand of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been researching the question of fetal pain for 25 years. He spoke with MPR's Phil Picardi about his research and whether or not it should be used in the political arena.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Japan's Crippled Nuclear Plant In 'Serious Trouble'
Japan's nuclear crisis has triggered international alarm and partly overshadowed the human tragedy caused by Friday's earthquake and tsunami. NPR's Christopher Joyce says four of the nuclear power plant's six reactors are in "serious, serious trouble."
A Nuclear-Powered U.S. Still Too Expensive
Both the Bush and Obama administrations have tried to promote the growth of nuclear power. The biggest obstacle to building new nuclear power plants is that it costs too much money to construct a modern nuclear reactor — especially when cheaper power plants that burn natural gas can be built.
Bahrain Soldiers, Police Storm Into Protesters' Camp
In Bahrain, military troops and security forces moved against thousands of anti-government protesters occupying a landmark square in the capital. A day before, the king imposed emergency rule in the violence-wracked Gulf kingdom.
U.S. Courts Dust Off High Seas Piracy Laws
The U.S. is prosecuting pirates again. Piracy is one of the oldest crimes in federal law. Three cases have been heard in Virginia, including one in which five Somali men were sentenced this week to life plus 80 years. Often, suspects claim to be minors, and the government has to spend time trying to find out if it's true.
Colleges Hire Firms To Court Foreign Students
Some public colleges are hiring for-profit companies to recruit international students. It's a controversial strategy but with shrinking state budgets, every tuition dollar is critical. The Universities of Massachusetts and New Hampshire are working with a company called Navitas to bring in foreign students.
Miss. Gov. Barbour Weighs White House Bid
Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is hiring key political operatives, and showing up in Iowa and New Hampshire. But even as he works the national stage, his would-be campaign is hampered by early stumbles.
States' Abortion Legislation Questioned By Critics
At least 20 states have passed laws that require doctors either to offer women ultrasounds or to perform one. Seven others are now considering bills that would mandate the ultrasound. Abortion-rights activists say these bills show a renewed vigor by states to enact more limitations on abortion.
Major Banks To Hike ATM Fees
In some cases, the fees are jumping to $5 for people who withdraw money from a cash machine that doesn't belong to their bank, according to The Wall Street Journal. PNC Bank and TD Bank already have boosted fees.
Japan's Earthquake Sends Tremors Through Chip Industry
Plants that manufacture semiconductors for devices like smart phones are vulnerable to rolling blackouts, and transportation throughout Japan is snarled. Forty percent of the world's supply of NAND flash storage comes out of Japan.