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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dave ThomesMandate might be key to reform, but not all can afford insurance
    Proposals have been floated ranging from a tax on medical device makers to one on high priced insurance plans, but economists say the key to paying for reform is requiring everyone to buy insurance.6:20 a.m.
  • Commentator Peter SmithO, for the simple happiness of a Packers fan
    Packers fans seem to have fun whether their team wins or loses. Why can't Vikings fans achieve that simple, childlike joy?6:25 a.m.
  • H1N1 kills otherwise healthy child
    The Minnesota Department of Health says an otherwise healthy 6-year-old boy has died due to complications from the H1N1 flu virus. Seven Minnesotans have died from H1N1, but what makes Nathan Shilling's death unusual is that he had no reported underlying health conditions.7:20 a.m.
  • Jan WitteDuluth-based health insurance program expanding
    A small Duluth program providing subsidized health insurance for low-income workers is expanding into much of Northeastern Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • Analyzing the Vikings' win over the Packers
    The Minnesota Vikings are now 4-0, after beating the Green Bay Packers 30-23 last night in a highly-anticipated matchup. It was the first time Vikings quarterback Brett Favre competed against the team that he led for 16 seasons.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Was McChrystal Wrong To Advise Obama Publicly?
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has made a public case for sending more American troops to fight there. Is Gen. Stanley McChrystal out of line? Should he be making his case through the chain of command? Or is it appropriate to have a debate with the White House in public?
  • Afghanistan Policymakers Look To Vietnam's Lessons
    Steve Inskeep talks to author Gordon Goldstein about why the White House and the Pentagon are reading his book about Vietnam, Lessons in Disaster, to inform the policy toward Afghanistan.
  • Dogfighting Case Gets Its Day In Court
    The Supreme Court hears a major free speech case on Tuesday that asks whether the government can make it a crime to sell or possess any depiction of animal cruelty. The case is about dogfighting videos, but critics argue that it violates the First Amendment.
  • California Pushes For National Arsonist Registry
    Wildfire-plagued California is pushing for a national registry of arsonists, similar to the online database for convicted sex offenders. Authorities believe it will help prevent fire-starters from drifting from one state to another and setting blazes.
  • A Self-Employed Family's Quest For Insurance
    Cindy Richards and her husband are self-employed. The only health insurance they can find to cover their family of four is expensive, with high deductibles. Often this means they need to ration their care.
  • How Bills Affect Americans Who Buy Own Insurance
    Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Julie Rovner about how health care overhaul bills in Congress might affect people who buy health insurance on the open market.
  • Court Rejects Family Dollar Case; Store To Pay Up
    Family Dollar has been in an eight-year legal battle about overtime pay all the way up to the Supreme Court, which on Monday declined to hear the company's appeal. Now, the nationwide discount chain has to pay nearly $36 million to more than 1,400 current and former employees it had classified as managers but should have classified as hourly.
  • Publisher Cuts 'Gourmet' Magazine
    Publishing giant Conde Nast has decided to shut down four titles. Most notable among them is the monthly Gourmet magazine.
  • Legislators Push Early Start For Credit Card Rules
    With the holiday shopping season just weeks away, some on Capitol Hill are pushing to move up the start date of a law aimed at protecting credit card holders. It isn't scheduled to go into effect until February, but lawmakers say credit card companies are taking advantage of the lag time by lowering credit limits and raising rates.
  • Simpsons Hailed As Models Of Good Health
    The famously dysfunctional Simpsons are actually a model for a healthful lifestyle, according to the British government, which recruited the Simpsons to star in a TV campaign aimed at getting Brits to eat better and do more exercise.

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