Retailers, analysts expecting lukewarm holiday sales On the eve of Thanksgiving, retailers are doing their best to convince tight-fisted consumers to loosen their grip on their wallets. Many big merchants expect lukewarm sales. The Great Recession has taught consumers to be more careful with their spending.6:25 a.m.
Municipalities raising taxes despite boost from state money Many cities and counties are raising taxes, even though the state boosted their funding by a total of $120 million. Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says he will contact municipal leaders about new tools available to keep property taxes in check next year.7:20 a.m.
A foreclosure victim's journey to a new home Faith Burns lost her home to foreclosure five years ago, even though she was up-to-date on her payments. She has since won a $20,000 settlement and now has a new home, but the emotional and financial wounds have yet to heal.7:25 a.m.
Deal on a new farm bill proves elusive Farmers head into their Thanksgiving meals this week with a lot of uncertainty. So do low income families who rely on federal food assistance. Both groups could see big changes from a new Farm Bill that is stalled right now in Congress.7:40 a.m.
Today's Music: Drinks all around on Thanksgiving Eve Thanksgiving Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year to go out and see live music. This year there are lots of shows to choose from including one that has become a Thanksgiving Eve tradition. For the past decade, the Ike Reilly Assassination has been coming to the Twin Cities on the night before Thanksgiving to put on a wild and rollicking show. They will be joined this year by the Honeydogs, Communist Daughter and the all-female Clash tribute band Rude Girl. It should be quite a night of music tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis.8:49 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
To Changing Landscape, Add Private Health Care Exchanges
While our attention has been focused on Obamacare, there are rumblings of a major shift in the way companies offer privatehealth insurance to workers. It involves what are called "private health care exchanges." These are similar to — but completely separate from — the public exchanges you've heard so much about.
Ohio Hospital Puts Docs On The Spot To Lower Costs
An aspect of the Affordable Care Act is meant to rein in exploding health care costs. To do that, the law has created hundreds of experiments in which hospitals have volunteered to participate. Our Planet Money team went to one hospital in Ohio that's trying to get doctors more involved in understanding hospital economics.
China, Japan Ramp Up Airspace Dispute
China announced over the weekend that it had expanded an air-defense zone to cover islands that are claimed by both it and Japan. The U.S., Japan and others said they wouldn't recognize that new zone. The U.S. has since flown two bomber jets through the space without notifying China.
In Kenya, Corruption Is Widely Seen, Rarely Punished
Video footage from the attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall in September appeared to show security forces looting stores in the middle of the deadly siege. The revelation shocked even Kenyans jaded by reports of corruption. But police officials tell a different story: one of good behavior going unrewarded, which forces out many ambitious would-be civil servants.
President-Elect Aims To Deploy Honduran Army To Fight Crime
The crime, poverty and unemployment rates have increased in Honduras under outgoing President Porfirio Lobo of the conservative National Party. But voters have chosen to keep the party in power by electing Juan Orlando-Hernandez. Linda Wertheimer talks to Tracy Wilkinson, the Mexico bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, about the election.
Squash Your Thanksgiving With Tips From The Test Kitchen
Tired of the same old pumpkin pie or squash side dish? Morning Edition challenged Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen to shake up Thanksgiving with recipes that put a new spin on the humble gourd. His chosen recipes include barley risotto with butternut squash and maple-pumpkin stack cake.
Men's Wearhouse Goes 'Pac-Man' On Joseph A. Bank
The retail company Men's Wearhouse has announced it is launching a takeover battle for rival Joseph A. Bank. What makes the effort unusual is that just last month Joseph A. Bank was trying to take over Men's Wearhouse. The turnaround is an example of what Wall Street calls a Pac-Man defense.
How Shopping Malls Are Adapting In An Online World
Shopping centers across the country are trying to adjust to fierce competition with the rise of online retail. High-end malls are offering amenities like meditation rooms and VIP sports lounges as they try to keep customers coming through the doors.
IRS Suggests Guidelines On Politicking By Tax-Exempt Groups
The Obama administration is pushing a new set of regulations that would make it much harder for so-called "social welfare" organizations to engage in political campaigns. This comes after a summer of controversy over the way the IRS treated Tea Party groups applying for tax exempt status.