Gov. Dayton wants to have competitive bidding for health plans for the state Earlier this week, Republicans put out their proposals to cut spending on health care to the tune of 1.6 to 1.8 billion dollars. That's a much deeper cut than Dayton wants. Lucinda Jesson oversees those programs as Governor Dayton's Department of Human Services commissioner. She spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about Dayton's plans for a competitive bidding process for HMO's that cover nearly 500,000 of the state's poorest residents.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota lawsuit alleges deception in Groupon business model Since it launched in 2008, deal-a-day provider Groupon has attracted more than 70 million subscribers. But now, the service is the subject of multiple lawsuits, including at least one here in Minnesota, alleging the company's business model is deceptive.7:25 a.m.
St. Paul races to get ready for flood In St. Paul, where the Mississippi River is supposed to crest in the next week or so, nobody is taking any chances. Residents are filling sandbags and even calling friends for a place to stay in case they're ordered to evacuate.8:45 a.m.
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Facing Deadlock, Libyan Rebels Struggle To Regroup
Although anti-government rebels have been unable to dislodge Gadhafi's forces in key cities despite help from the Western coalition, the rebels' provisional body is moving ahead with efforts to build a political structure. But there's creeping fear that Gadhafi loyalists are trying to undermine those efforts.
Military Defections in Yemen Are Dubious
In Yemen, as protesters press for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, senior military leaders have defected to the other side. Robert Powell, of The Economist Intelligence Unit, says the motivation for their defection is questionable. Powell tells Linda Wertheimer military officials may want to seize power for themselves.
Chicago's Silent Watchmen Guard School Route
One of the most dangerous times of day for teenagers is after school. That's especially true in the gang-infested neighborhoods of Chicago, where police and school officials are enlisting military veterans to help protect kids on their way to and from school.
100 Years After Triangle Fire, Are Workers Safer?
This week marks 100 years since a fire at the Triangle Waist Company factory in New York City killed 146 people, most of them poor young women. The event is often cited as the catalyst for modern workplace safety rules, and a major boost to the nascent union movement. A century later, the debate over the nation's labor laws continues to rage.
Untangling Low-Income Budget Cut Claims
Anti-poverty advocates say House-approved spending cuts could hurt millions of low-income Americans, but some claims are hard to nail down. One proposal — derided by Senate Democrats as heartless and reckless — to provide no new money for homeless vet vouchers echoes President Obama's 2011 budget.
Obama Agency Review Looks To Snip The Red Tape
By all accounts, the government doesn't operate very efficiently when it comes to promoting exports, which the Obama administration says is key to creating more jobs. The president has ordered a study of how to make government more efficient in order to improve the economy, but reorganizing the American bureaucracy is fraught with pitfalls.
Feds Probe Sleeping Air Traffic Controller
Two planes landed at Washington's Reagan National Airport on Tuesday night without control tower clearance. They were in communication with a regional air traffic control facility in Virginia.
UAW Gears Up For Contract Talks With Detroit's Big 3
The United Auto Workers union met in Detroit this week to prepare for contract negotiations this summer with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Each of the Big Three automakers is in better shape now than when they last signed labor contracts in 2007.
Nintendo Release Not Delayed By Japan Disasters
Nintendo is releasing its new 3DS handheld device in the U.S. this weekend. It's the first 3D game system that doesn't require special glasses. Harold Goldberg, who covers video games for G4TV.com and Boys' Life magazine, talks to Steve Inskeep about the video game industry, and whether its been affected by the disasters in Japan.
Aflac Needs A Duck Voice To Replace Gottfried
Insurance company Aflac is taking applications from people who want to be the new voice of its signature duck. The company fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried after he posted insensitive remarks on Twitter about the disaster in Japan, a place where Aflac makes much of its money.