Doctors, lawyers say malpractice laws work in Minnesota President Obama last week tried to extend an olive branch to the GOP, by signaling support for some type of limited medical malpractice reform, but here in Minnesota, doctors and lawyers say the state's malpractice laws are already working.6:50 a.m.
Bipartisan Prospects Bleak For Baucus Health Bill
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus's newly unveiled centrist health plan still faces a bipartisan gauntlet. Republicans say it gives the government too much control over health care, and still costs too much. Some Democrats say too many concessions were made to Republicans, who won't vote for it anyway. It's a long way from soup.
House Bill Lets Students Bypass Private Lenders
The House is expected to vote on a bill Thursday that would let students borrow directly from the U-S Treasury — instead of from private lenders subsidized by the government. House Democrats say this would save millions in the long run. But the bill has opponents in the loan industry — and obstacles in the Senate.
Fighting Gentrification With Money In Houston
In a city that is growing and changing more rapidly than almost any other in the nation, NPR's Steve Inskeep reports on State Rep. Garnet Coleman's efforts to keep his Houston neighborhood just the same. Coleman has used his control of a local board to buy up land in the Third Ward as a way to prevent gentrification.
Social Justice Guided Mary Travers' Music
Singer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary became a singer at a time when there was no shortage of things to sing about. Raised on folk music, she helped provide a soundtrack to the times that catapulted the group from coffeehouses to the Billboard charts. Travers died Wednesday at age 72 after a battle with leukemia.
Will The Global Economy Learn Its Lesson?
One year after the global economy crashed, a terrifying question remains: What are the chances the world will go through this all again? The answer all depends on whether we learn the proper lessons from the financial crisis — and apply them.
'Survivor: Samoa' Rises To New Season Of Challenges
Twenty new "castaways" will compete on Survivor: Samoa, debuting Thursday on CBS. Though each Survivor "challenge" lasts just a moment or two on TV, hours of footage and months of planning go into each contest.
Private Equity Firm To Help Kodak Out Of Bind
Kodak has worked out a deal with a big private equity firm to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to shore up its balance sheet and free up money for new investments. Even though it cut its work force in half, sales are falling and the American photography company expects to lose hundreds of millions of dollars this year.
Credit Card Charge-Offs Increased In August
A day after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke declared the recession "very likely over," there are signs that consumers are still feeling the pressure. Credit card charge-offs — the amount judged by banks to be uncollectable — went up in August.
Shopping Mall Developer Mel Simon Dies
Developer Mel Simon, who built some of America's biggest shopping malls, died Wednesday. He was responsible for the "Mall of America" outside Minneapolis. He was among the earliest developers to invite large department stores out of downtown to become "anchor tenants" at the mall.