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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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  • Minnesota OrchestraOrchestra talks collapse, Carnegie concerts canceled as all eyes focus on Vanska's next move
    Management said musicians' contract proposals don't solve the organization's financial problems. Then, orchestra management withdrew from two coveted Carnegie Hall shows scheduled for November. It's a move that could lead to the resignation of conductor Osmo Vanska.6:20 a.m.
  • MNsure: Who is it for? Not everyone
    "MNsure will be very helpful for people who don't have health insurance today," said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. "It will also be a real option for people who are buying insurance on the individual market, especially for people who have pre-existing conditions and may not have access to affordable insurance before."7:20 a.m.
  • Checking for infestationBeekeepers fight disease by breeding 'hygienic' bees
    Honeybees are in trouble and their population is steadily declining. A growing problem is the prevalence of pest called varroa mites, tiny parasites that attack bee larvae and adult bees in the hives. Some beekeepers are trying to fight disease by improving bee genetics.7:25 a.m.
  • Osmo VanskaOrchestra lovers left wondering about the future after Vanska, Kernis call it quits
    Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska and Aaron Jay Kernis, founder and director of the orchestra's Composer Institute, quit in frustration following another failed attempt by management and musicians to negotiate a new contract. They left exactly one year after orchestra management locked out musicians.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House
    In his interview with President Obama on Monday, NPR's Steve Inskeep says some of the president's remarks were reminiscent of what he said in 2011 during the debt ceiling crisis. One stark difference, however, was the president's firmness. "Absolutely I will not negotiate," the president said.
  • Netanyahu Urges World To Keep Pressure On Iran
    A day after a meeting with President Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes center stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He will likely dwell on Iran's suspect nuclear program and warn the world community against being taken in by Tehran's recent charm offensive.
  • Ethical Tradition Meets Economics In An Aging China
    As people around the world live longer, many nations are having to find new ways to care for their aging populations. In China, a new law requires adult offspring to visit and look after their elderly parents. China's one-child policy complicates the issue further, and some dismiss the law as another attempt to legislate morality by a government that is riddled with corruption.
  • Examining The Psychology Of Sports Fans
    Some sports fans' lives depend on how well their teams are doing. In one theory, sports allow us to deeply identify with the athletes so it feels like we are playing the game.
  • After Years Of Political Talk, The Obamacare Fight Gets Real
    The partisan battle over the health care overhaul stretches back nearly five years. The Affordable Care Act has survived more than 50 votes in Congress and a Supreme Court challenge. But now that the exchanges are open for business, the debate is moving from plans and policy to actual results.
  • Widening Income Gap 'Concerns' Obama
    Steve Inskeep talks to President Obama about the widening gap between rich and poor in the U.S. The president says the decades-long trend has accelerated because of globalization and technology. Because of those two factors, a lot of manufacturing jobs have left the U.S.
  • Amazon To Hire More Workers Than Last Holiday Season
    Amazon has announced that it's looking to hire 70,000 full-time temporary employees for the holiday season. That's a 40 percent increase in hires from last year. The world's largest online retailer says it hopes to convert thousands of these seasonal jobs into permanent positions after the holiday rush.
  • Financial Markets Monitor Partial Federal Shutdown
    Financial markets across the world took a hit on Monday. They closed lower — waiting to see if there was a partial government shutdown in the U.S. Shortly before midnight, the White House ordered agencies to begin shutting down.
  • Study: Fast Food Has Gotten A Bit Slower
    It may be fast food, but it's taking longer than ever in the drive-through lane. A study conducted by an industry trade magazine finds the major chains are offering more complicated menu items that take longer to assemble and are tougher to get right.
  • Ikea To Offer Solar Panels In British Stores
    The Sweden-based company plans to roll out solar panels in 17 British stores over the next 10 months. The company does say the solar panels will look like flat screen televisions on your roof. Basic solar packages will be sold for more than $9,000.

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