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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • stethoscopeStudy: Bankruptcies linked to higher medical bills
    A new Harvard study shows there has been a 50 percent increase in bankruptcies linked to illness and medical bills since 2001. In most of the cases, the people who filed for bankruptcy protection had health insurance.6:50 a.m.
  • Wheelchairs sit in a hallway at a care facilityHealth care providers worried about Pawlenty's cuts
    After Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the legislature failed to reach an agreement, the governor pledged to use his executive power to erase a $2.7 billion budget deficit. That message, along with the cuts that have already been enacted, have some health care providers and the people who rely on them worried.7:20 a.m.
  • New coach of Lynx raring to go
    The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA begin their 11th season on Saturday when they host the Chicago Sky at the Target Center. The Lynx will start the season with a new head coach, Jennifer Gillom.7:45 a.m.
  • Art Hounds: Philip K. Dick, Black Label Movement, and air guitar
    This week, the Art Hounds are checking out a play about sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick, dancing from Minneapolis-based "Black Label Company," and an air guitar competition.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Delivers Long-Promised Speech
    President Obama is in Cairo, Egypt, after spending a day in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Abdullah. The president delivered a major address at Cairo University, where he hopes to bolster relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world.
  • Workers Polish Cairo Ahead Of Obama's Visit
    President Obama is delivering a major speech at Cairo University. Egypt is a long-standing ally of the U.S. Workers have been busy cleaning the city ahead of Obama's arrival.
  • GM, Chrysler: Slashing Dealerships Is Necessary
    General Motors and Chrysler say they need to trim their network of franchises so when they emerge from bankruptcy proceedings they will be successful. In a Senate hearing Wednesday, lawmakers questioned whether the companies are abandoning the loyal dealerships and consumers who have supported them.
  • Woe Is My Car Industry!
    Humorist P.J. O'Rourke says that, as a good Republican, he blames everything on feminism and communism. For the demise of the American car, O'Rourke points the finger at feminism — and Facebook.
  • Judge Tosses Warrantless Wiretap Cases
    A federal judge in San Francisco has thrown out more than 30 lawsuits against AT&T and other phone companies. The suits claimed the telecoms illegally cooperated with the Bush administration's anti-terrorist surveillance program. But the same judge kept alive similar lawsuits against the government.
  • OAS Ends Cuba Suspension After 47 Years
    The Organization of American States has lifted a decades-old ban on Cuba's participation in the group, clearing the way for the island's return. However, Cuban officials have repeatedly insisted they have no interest in returning to an organization they consider a tool of the United States.
  • Crime, Corruption Killing Guatemalan Bus Drivers
    In Guatemala, bus drivers are being gunned down at an alarming rate. The hazardous situation on Guatemala's buses is a result of a confluence of corruption, crime and poverty. The Guatemalan government pays millions of dollars a year in subsidies to bus owners, yet the battered vehicles on the streets are mostly old school buses from the United States.
  • Artistic Freedoms Under Fire In Russian Trial
    In what seems like a throwback to Soviet times, Russia is imposing new limits on freedom of expression. A Moscow museum director and a curator, on trial for a controversial art exhibit that included explicit sexual content and a display of Christians worshipping Mickey Mouse, could face several years in jail.
  • Medical Bills Blamed On More Personal Bankruptcies
    More and more Americans are going bankrupt because of medical bills. A study paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that medical bills were involved in more than 60 percent of personal bankruptcies in 2007.
  • Fed Chairman Concerned By Growing Deficit
    The Obama administration is projecting budget deficits that average well over a trillion dollars for the next three years. Appearing before the House Budget Committee, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warned members of Congress they need a plan to rein in these deficits once the recession is over.

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