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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center FairviewPossible Fairview Health takeover raises alarms
    Attorney General Lori Swanson is calling for public hearings next month on the potential takeover of Fairview Health Services by South Dakota-based Sanford Health.7:20 a.m.
  • Saint Marys constructionMayo's Saint Marys Hospital a priority for expansion
    The Mayo Clinic is pledging to spend $3 billion over the next 20 years to expand in Rochester, and asks that the state of Minnesota contribute half a billion dollars to pay for infrastructure needs associated with that growth. Lawmakers have not decided whether the state should support the plan but a lot of people are talking about how Mayo might continue to expand its footprint in Rochester.8:25 a.m.
  • Retiring Associate Justice AndersonJustice Anderson reflects on Minn. Supreme Court tenure
    Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Anderson retires in May. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his time on the court.11:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • DOMA Challenge Tests Federal Definition Of Marriage
    The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition and benefits for same-sex couples. The case involves a woman charged a hefty estate tax when her spouse died, which she would not have owed if her spouse had been a man.
  • U.S. Men's Soccer Team Ties With Mexico
    Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot and the U.S. team hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico Tuesday night. The U.S. earned only its second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.
  • Planning For Retirement When Savings Fall Short
    For most Americans, the math for a comfortable retirement may never add up. According to recent census figures, Americans ages 55 to 65 had about $45,000 in savings and assets, not including their homes. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to three experts about retiring with little savings.
  • Landlocked Midwest Farmers Raise Saltwater Shrimp
    Shrimp is the number one seafood product in the United States. While most shrimp is imported from Asia or Ecuador, some is being raised indoors in the Midwest. The challenge is to simulate an ocean environment in a barn or other structure.
  • A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms
    For the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend teaching K-12 students about climate change. Educators say many teachers have shied away from the polarizing topic, and an organized campaign to promote it as "controversial" leaves many students confused.
  • Phoenix Schools Under Fire For Program Linked To Scientology
    A group of Phoenix charter schools is facing criticism for using a teaching tool based on the work of L. Ron Hubbard, best known for founding the Church of Scientology. The tool has concerned parents in other schools, but the Phoenix schools' leader insists it has nothing to do with the church.
  • Monsanto, Dupont Agree To $1.5 Billion Licensing Deal
    Genetically-modified seeds — and the technology to produce them — have been at the center of a bitter legal fight between the two companies. Dupont will pay Monsanto more than $1.5 billion in the deal. With that, the companies will drop their patent and antitrust claims against each other.
  • T-Mobile: Adds iPhone Ditches 2-Year Contracts
    T-Mobile announced Tuesday that it's eliminating its two-year contracts in an effort to make its plans more transparent. Subscribers can pay off their phones in two years, and the cost of their plans will go down. T-Mobile is currently the No. 4 carrier.
  • Analyzing T-Mobile's Change In Price Strategy
    The No. 4 mobile phone carrier is making changes that it hopes will draw more customers to it. To find out more about T-mobile's new pricing strategy, David Greene talks to Rich Jaroslovsky, the technology commentator for Bloomberg News.
  • Australian Store To Charge For 'Just Looking'
    The specialty food store in Brisbane says the fee will be returned at the cash register, after a purchase has been made.

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