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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Complex Medicare savings program faces opposition
    The Medicare Shared Savings program is intended to help control costs and improve the quality of health care, but many of these medical centers are complaining about red tape and micro-managing in the government's proposed requirements.3:25 a.m.
  • Expert: What you need to know about aneurysms
    Nearly 30,000 Americans experience ruptured aneurysms each year, but it's estimated another 6 million are walking around with undiagnosed aneurysms in their brains. That's 1 in 50 Americans.4:25 a.m.
  • Farmers cope with heavy rain and flooding
    Heavy rains over the past couple of days have caused rivers to rise, flooded some farm fields, and caused power outages. The storm is moving out today.4:40 a.m.
  • EarthworkOscar-nominated actor credits Minn. for his dramatic roots
    Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes is heading home to Alexandria in west-central Minnesota this week, and he's bringing his new film "Earthwork." While it's been 30 years since he lived in Minnesota, he says his success is rooted in his home state.4:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Greece's Economic Crisis Upended Middle Class
    Despite surviving a confidence vote, the Greek government has lost the people's trust. Tens of thousands of Greeks continue daily protests against devastating measures that have led to growing joblessness, homelessness and anxiety.
  • Volatile Food Prices Grab G-20's Full Attention
    A meeting of agriculture ministers comes as some experts are predicting another rise in grain prices like that of 2008, which sparked panic and deadly riots. A relief organization estimates rising staple prices have pushed 44 million into poverty in recent years.
  • China's Businesses Boom, But Its Brands Don't
    After 30 years of mind-bending economic growth, everyone knows about brand China — but very few people can name a Chinese brand. And the reasons for that are not just economic. To move to the next level, the country needs to adopt social and legal reforms, observers say.
  • Mexico Captures Reputed Leader Of La Familia Cartel
    The Mexican government said the arrest of "The Monkey Mendez" was a final blow to the leadership of La Familia cartel. There was a $2.5 million reward for his capture.
  • Huntsman's Campaign Wastes No Time, Hits The Road
    After formally announcing he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Jon Huntsman went straight to New Hampshire Tuesday to start drumming up votes. On Wednesday, he travels to South Carolina. It's a critical stop for the former Utah governor and former ambassador to China because he doesn't plan to campaign in Iowa.
  • The 'Country Lawyer' Shaping Campaign Finance Law
    Conservative lawyer James Bopp of Terre Haute, Ind., has done more than anyone else over the years to upset the status quo in America's political money laws. Now he's on the verge of breaching the bulwark of those laws — the wall between candidates and corporate money.
  • IMF Urges Spain To Speed Up Overhaul Efforts
    Greece's prime minister has survived a confidence vote, and now has to push an austerity package through parliament. At the same time, the International Monetary Fund is urging Spain to carrying out deep budget cuts, and try to reduce a jobless rate of more than 20 percent.
  • JPMorgan Securities to Settle Fraud Charges
    J.P. Morgan Chase will pay more than $150 million to settle charges the firm misled investors about the riskiness of the mortgage backed securities that it was selling. The Securities and Exchange Commission says J.P Morgan Securities designed the packages to do poorly and then hid that fact from investors. The company neither confirms nor denies the allegations.
  • 'Made In America' Store Capitalizes On Patriotism
    Most retail items sold in this country are not made in the U.S. But a brick-and-mortar store in upstate New York wants to change that with a simple idea: selling only U.S.-made products.
  • Comcast Works To Improve 'Worst Company' Rating
    Comcast was voted the worst company in America last year by readers of Consumerist.com. The cable company said it's shortening the amount of time customers have to wait for service. And if a technician is late, customers get a $20 credit to their account. The improved service won't be fully rolled out until next year.

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