Health insurance companies in Minnesota push against extending old health plans It's been a confusing few weeks for the more than 140,000 Minnesotans whose health insurance doesn't meet the standards of the nation's new health care law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Brunner, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which represents insurance companies that do business in the state.7:40 a.m.
Today's music: 40 years since 'Keep on Truckin' topped the charts Fourty years ago this week, "Keep on Truckin" by Eddie Kendricks was the number one song on the pop charts. It was the only solo recording by the co-founder of the Temptations to reach number one.
Truckin' was a dance step that became popular in Harlem in the 1930s. Kendricks once said about this song "I knew it was a hit because of the title. The old people used to truck when they were dancing. And I knew the trucking industry would embrace the record." To make that connection stronger, truck driving sound effects were added to the mix.8:49 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Midwest Tornadoes Send Residents Scrambling
The cleanup continues across the Midwest, where dozens of tornadoes struck on Sunday. The Illinois town of Washington appears to have been hardest hit. The mayor says as many as 500 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado that cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of the town to the other.
Wisconsin Chooses Its Own Path To Overhaul Medicaid
The state's Republican governor, Scott Walker, rejected federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage. But Wisconsin is also bringing more people into Medicaid while moving others to private insurance on the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
Tina Brown's Must-Reads: On Survival
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A New Life For An Old Slave Jail
Lewis Henry Bailey was freed from slavery in Texas and began his journey back to Virginia by foot 150 years ago. The jail where he was sold to slave dealers as a child is now a museum and the offices of a local Urban League chapter just outside of the nation's capital.
How Court's Bus Ruling Sealed Differences In Detroit Schools
It's been 40 years since the Supreme Court accepted what became a landmark case about school desegregation. The case was controversial because it involved busing students between a largely African-American city — Detroit — and its white suburban areas.
Bitcoin Hits Record High After Senate Panel Told It's Legal
The cyber-currency was at the center of a Senate panel hearing Monday. Senators are looking into the way Bitcoin was used by the illegal drug marketplace that called itself Silk Road. But even with the scrutiny, Bitcoin investors drove the virtual currency to record highs.
The Surprising Cultural Stamina Of Pokemon
Fifteen years ago, pocket-sized characters known as Pokemon arrived on American shores from Japan. The cute creatures were suddenly everywhere: television, video games, card games and a movie. But few people imagined that in 2013, the franchise would still be going strong.
Anticipated China Announcement Fuels Certain Stocks
The Chinese government announced last week that soon families will be permitted to have two children — if one of the parents is an only child. They haven't announced when that policy change will occur. Still, on Asian markets, stock prices of baby formula, diaper and stroller companies all soared on Monday in anticipation.