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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Parents of Andrew EngeldingerWhy Andrew Engeldinger wasn't committed to a mental health facility
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with Sue Abderholden, from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota, and Dr. Michael Farnsworth a forensic psychiatrist.6:45 a.m.
  • Health insurance cardValue of health insurance could be tough sell to some uninsured
    The federal health care overhaul aims to drastically reduce the number of Americans who don't have insurance. But as Minnesota officials gear up to promote the importance of health insurance, market research indicates even subsidized health plans will be a tough sell with some people.6:53 a.m.
  • U of M students voteHigh voter turnout and a mostly smooth day at the polls
    The leadup to yesterday's election in Minnesota was atypical in its over-the-top rhetoric and record campaign spending. Yet with few exceptions, the polls ran smoothly.7:20 a.m.
  • Wind turbinesWind industries lay off hundreds of workers
    Hundreds of workers in our region are losing their jobs as wind turbine manufacturers cut production. The federal tax credit that subsidizes wind energy is set to expire at the end of the year, and political uncertainty is putting the brakes on the wind industry.7:24 a.m.
  • Bob Dylan receives Medal of FreedomIs is time for Dylan to end his endless tour?
    Lackluster ticket sales and the noticeable deterioration of Bob Dylan's voice have some observers suggesting that perhaps it's time for Dylan to take a break from his so-called Never Ending Tour, which stops tomorrow night in St. Paul.8:29 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney Sets Last-Minute Election Day Appearances
    Mitt Romney wrapped up his last full day of campaigning Monday night at the New Hampshire farm where he opened his run for president in 2011. About 12,000 supporters showed up to back the GOP presidential candidate. On Tuesday, Romney will make stops in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Obama Spends Election Day In Chicago
    President Obama is spending Election Day at his home in Chicago, having wrapped up the election campaign with a rally in Iowa Monday night. Tuesday's plans call for some TV and radio interviews and maybe a game of basketball with some friends.
  • House Seats Up For Grabs, Third Of Senate Seats
    While most of the focus this campaign season has been on the race for the White House, there is also an intense — and expensive — battle going on for control of the House and Senate. Depending on who wins the White House, Republicans need a net gain of 3 or 4 seats in the Senate to get a majority. In the House, Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to make Nancy Pelosi speaker once again.
  • Alternative Minimum Tax Could Affect Millions
    When people talk about Taxmageddon, most are thinking of the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts. But there's another little known tax change that could hit 25 million Americans. The modern AMT was created in the 1980s but it wasn't indexed to inflation.
  • Presidential Vote May Outshine State Ballot Initiatives
    Along with voting for the next president, people across the country are deciding on a long list of state ballot initiatives. The issues range from same-sex marriage to marijuana regulation and taxation. Steve Inskeep talks to Josh Goodman, a staff writer for the Pew Center on the States, about some of the state issues getting the most attention.
  • Florida's Early Voting Outcome Differs From 2008
    Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation this year that cut back the number of early voting days. In 2008, a big early Democratic turnout helped Barack Obama carry the state. With reduced early voting days, Democrats enter Election Day with a smaller lead over Republicans in Florida than four years ago.
  • GOP May Have Edge In Colorado's Early Voting
    In the battleground state of Colorado, the popularity of voting early and by mail means that a majority of the electorate may have already cast their vote prior to Election Day. Early voting is often seen as benefiting Democrats, as it did in Colorado in 2008. But this year, the early tally may tell a different story.
  • Why Does The U.S. Hold Elections On Tuesday?
    The answer dates back to the 19th century and involves buggies, the Sabbath and farming. (This piece initially aired October 23, 2012 on Morning Edition.)
  • Suzuki To Stop Selling Cars In U.S. Markets
    Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation has been selling cars in America for almost three decades. But unlike Toyota and Honda, it never managed to win over U.S consumers. The company has the smallest American market share among the big Asian automakers.
  • Kodak Retirees To Lose Health Benefits
    Eastman Kodak has received approval to end retiree benefits by year's end. Monday's ruling by a New York bankruptcy judge will save the company millions as it emerges from bankruptcy. It will also mean higher health care costs for thousands of retirees and their families.

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