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Monday, March 26, 2012

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  • A protester's flag at the Supreme CourtState: Health care law repeal would hit harder outside MN
    Other states are likely to be affected more if the Supreme Court dismantles the health care reform overhaul, but Minnesotans still have reason to pay attention. The high court on Monday begins hearings on a challenge to the law.7:20 a.m.
  • State CapitolBonding will be the focus at the Minnesota Capitol this week
    Bonding bills will be in the spotlight this week at the state Capitol. But the Republican proposals for construction projects are nowhere near the size that DFL Governor Mark Dayton proposed, and that could make for a bumpy road during the final month of the legislative session. Lawmakers are also still trying to work out their differences on teacher seniority, and they might have to do the same on voter ID. Tim Pugmire talks about what we can expect this week with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer.7:25 a.m.
  • Pumping gasKlobuchar-Franken gas speculation bill met with skepticism
    Gas prices in Minnesota right now are averaging $3.70 a gallon, higher numbers that for the petroleum industry are merely a rite of spring.7:45 a.m.
  • Canterbury ParkCanterbury Park official responds to horse racing safety investigation
    The horse racing world is buzzing about an exhaustive study of horse breakdowns and jockey injuries detailed in the New York Times. A state by state survey by the Times, this weekend, shows that about 3,600 horses died racing or training at tracks across the country over the past three years. In Minnesota, at Canterbury Park, there were 3.2 incidents per 1,000 starts, that's fewer than most tracks nationwide. The Times investigation also found lax enforcement of horse racing drug rules, with illegal and often legal drugs masking lameness in sore horses. The racing industry pledged to clean up it's act after the televised breakdown of the filly Eight Belles in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. Jeff Maday, a spokesman at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer about the safety of horse racing here in Minnesota.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Global Nuclear Summit Opens In South Korea
    In Seoul, South Korea, Monday, President Obama attends a conference on improving nuclear security. Although the question of North Korea's nuclear weapons is not on the formal agenda, it is expected to be a major issue in the bilateral talks Obama will have with other leaders.
  • Some Cuban-Americans Wary As Cuba Welcomes Pope
    When Pope Benedict arrives in Cuba on Monday, he'll be greeted by Cuban-Americans who have made the pilgrimage from Miami and other U.S. cities. Still, there are concerns that Cuba's Catholic Church isn't doing enough to reach out to political dissidents.
  • Supreme Court Watchers Vie For Front Row Seats
    The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Monday on President Obama's health care law. There will be six hours of arguments spread over three days. With only 400 seats in the courtroom and political interest roiling, people began lining up early for a front-row seat.
  • Employers Monitor Health Care Law Arguments
    The Supreme Court won't rule on President Obama's health care case until June. Republicans vow to repeal the law if they win big in November. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to David Greene about how the ruling could affect doctors, hospitals, employers and consumers.
  • NCAA Men's Final Four Set To Play Saturday
    Only four teams remain in the NCAA men's basketball tournament: Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and Kansas. Kentucky already has seven national titles. Kansas has three championships, Louisville has two and Ohio State won its lone title in 1960.
  • Hospitals Warn Smartphones Could Distract Doctors
    Apple's iPads and rival devices are finding a happy home in hospitals and medical practices. But as with driving, distractions are threatening safety — in this case, patient safety.
  • Facebook May Not Be So Friendly For Those With Low Self-Esteem
    They complain a bit more than everyone else, and they often share their negative views and feelings when face to face with friends and acquaintances. Researchers wondered whether those behavior patterns would hold true online.
  • Sanctions Interfere With Shell's Payment To Iran
    Royal Dutch Shell can't pay the $1 billion it owes Iran because of sanctions imposed on the Middle East country by the United States and European Union. The sanctions have made it nearly impossible to transfer the money. Reuters reports that Shell is trying to wrap up its business dealings with Iran.
  • Businessman Chosen As Hong Kong's Next Leader
    A selection committee in Hong Kong has chosen a former Cabinet chief as the southern Chinese financial hubs next leader. The voters were handpicked by Beijing. Leung Chun-ying's term will start in July.
  • Michigan Furniture Maker Celebrates 100 Years
    The American office furniture maker Steelcase is celebrating its centennial. At its peak in 2001, Steelcase employed 21,000 workers worldwide. Now that's down to 12,000.

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