Independent medical practices find it harder to stay that way The age of the traditional doctor's office is ending. Powerful forces are pushing independent doctors to merge with major medical systems.
Some health care business experts say we could see a new wave of consolidation in the next several years, as costs rise and government and private health plans cut payments.6:48 a.m.
Rybak, Coleman take different paths on Vikings stadium The mayors of Minnesota's two largest cities are taking dramatically different approaches to the debate over a new Vikings football stadium. And for both men, the idea of funneling taxpayer money to a professional sports team comes with considerable political risk.7:20 a.m.
'Rescued' food helps feed the hungry in Minn. In Minnesota alone, we throw out more than 715 million pounds of food each year. Hunger relief organizations are increasing their efforts to save the pportion of that food that's edible -- and get it to hungry Minnesotans.7:40 a.m.
One week left and still no deal There's just one week left in the legislative session, and lawmakers are still looking for a deal on how to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit.8:25 a.m.
How hospice works With Twins legend Harmon Killebrew in hospice care and dying of esophageal cancer, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Gloria Cade, director of hospice and palliative care for Allina Hospitals and Clinics.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
St. Landry Parish Orders Mandatory Evacuations
Over the weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers began opening gates of the Morganza Spillway — a structure that hadn't been opened in nearly 40 years. After the spillway was opened in Louisiana, mandatory evacuations were ordered for areas of St. Landry Parish.
Nuclear Nations Turn To Natural Gas And Renewables
As more details emerge about the damage at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, governments around the globe are reassessing nuclear power. Japan and Germany have canceled plans to build new reactors and are searching for alternative sources of power.
College Students Navigate Financial Life
For many high school and college seniors, graduation is a time of new beginnings and harsh realities. Their thoughts are turning to money — for tuition, rent and credit cards. The choices they make now about debt and finances could be with them for years to come.
College Student Debt Grows. Is It Worth It?
The amount of money Americans owe on student loans recently exceeded the nation's credit card debt. That may lead one to ask: Is it smart to borrow a lot of money to go to college? Student financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz says college debt is OK — if you're careful.
Obama Pressed To Get Mideast Peace Talks Moving
President Obama plays host to Jordan's King Abdullah and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week. Administration officials say Obama wants to talk about U.S. policy following the killing of Osama bin Laden and the uprisings in the Arab world. But Obama is under pressure to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict as well.
The Other Big Deficit: Many Teens Fall Short On Sleep
Most high school students accrue a "sleep debt" of five to 10 hours by the end of a school week. Parents can help their teens get to bed on time by encouraging naps, regulating light in the home and discouraging caffeine in the afternoon.
Shop For A Psychotherapist To Avoid The Lemons
Researchers have solid evidence of what kind of psychotherapy works, particularly for common mental problems like depression and anxiety. But the public often doesn't demand the right treatments. Now some experts are urging patients to be more discriminating consumers of mental health care.
Oil Prices Drop, Saab Announces Deal With China
Oil prices have fallen below a $100 a barrel — sharply lower than the $115-a-barrel price seen in recent weeks. Also Monday, the Dutch company that bought Saab from General Motors, announced a deal with China's largest car distributor.
Automakers Try To Convince Chinese To Drive Green
Hybrid and electric vehicles have been rolled out by many of the large Western and Chinese automakers. But analysts expect low consumer interest and a yet-undeveloped infrastructure to be major roadblocks to environmentally friendly vehicles in China.