Minnesota Public Radio features by Elizabeth Stawicki http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=67 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:25:27 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Elizabeth Stawicki http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Report: Complex MNsure website causes confusion Deloitte Consulting blames the complexity on the state's choice to build the MNsure system with four "unique and independent" software products that are complex and present challenges to consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/mnsure-report?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:35:54 -0500 Does Minnesota really need still-broken MNsure site? Skeptics are questioning if Minnesota really needs the agency and its $100 million website. They note that about two-thirds of those who enrolled in plans using MNsure were already eligible for government insurance programs but just didn't know it or how to sign up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/after-180k-insured-does-minnesota-still-need-mnsure?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500 Study: Collaboration between docs, insurers lowers cost of cancer care A UnitedHealth Group study found the cost of cancer care dropped when doctors were paid a lump sum per case and were showed how they compared with others treating the same cancers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/12/cost-of-cancer-care-study?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:15:55 -0500 Human error leaves 16,000 MNsure applicants in limbo Minnesota's Department of Human Services failed to send 16,000 notices to Minnesotans whose Medical Assistance applications are pending through MNsure, the state's online insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/insurance-delay?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:00:35 -0500 High court ruling on employers and contraception to be felt in Minnesota The Supreme Court's ruling that companies whose owners have religious objections to a federal requirement that they provide contraceptives will not have to pay for it will affect at least seven Minnesota court cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/minnesota-contraception-ruling?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:08:49 -0500 Leave fireworks to pros, doctors say "On average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July," said Minnesota Medical Association President Cindy Firkins Smith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/29/leave-fireworks-to-pros-doctors-say?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:17:09 -0500 Flood update: St. Paul emergency, Stillwater bridge closing, insurance help A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist says most of the state is vulnerable to flooding at this point. Survey crews are out measuring river flows and stream gauges in the wake of the heavy rains that have caused flooding in many parts of the state. Here's an update on the impact of flooding around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/flood-update-stillwater-bridge-closing-insurance-help?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:15:15 -0500 Flood notes: A break in the rain, but the rivers don't care Despite a break in the rain Saturday, rivers are rising. Rep. John Kline visited flooded areas of his congressional district today. Officials say it's likely Minnesota will seek federal disaster aid. Meanwhile, Showboat will not go on in St. Paul because of the rising Mississippi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/21/flood-notes-a-break-in-the-rain-but-the-rivers-dont-care?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:58:52 -0500 Contractor's report slams MNsure weaknesses, readiness There are dozens of gaps in the system and MNsure cannot reliably perform nearly two-thirds of the tasks needed for a "robust health insurance exchange," Deloitte Consulting said in its report released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/mnsure-report?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:21:31 -0500 Federal health law helped Minnesota's uninsured rate drop 41 percent About 180,000 Minnesotans have gained health insurance as a result of the law, mainly through enrollments in government-sponsored coverage such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/uninsured-rate-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:29 -0500 Federal agency to review MNsure procedures A watchdog agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will audit Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace to determine if its internal controls were effective in ensuring that individuals who enrolled in qualified health plans met federal requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/federal-agency-to-review-mnsure-procedures?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:19:21 -0500 Minn. legislative auditor to review MNsure, despite federal directive Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles calls the federal directive "unprecedented." He said it is not an adequate substitute for a state review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/legislative-auditor-mnsure?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:00:12 -0500 MNsure's COO to step down in July Erik Larson is the second high profile MNsure executive to leave in recent months. In May, MNsure's Chief Financial Officer Barb Juelich also stepped down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/mnsures-coo-to-step-down-in-july?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 17:41:44 -0500 Health insurance rates likely to increase in Minn. Minnesota's health insurers submit their proposed premium rates to the state next month, and those rates are likely to be higher than last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/25/health-insurance-rates-likely-to-increase-in-minn?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2014 13:17:42 -0500 Memorial Day weekend kicks off busy season for emergency rooms Officials at St. Paul's Regions' hospital say the Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the busy season for emergency rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/25/memorial-day-weekend-kicks-off-busy-season-for-emergency-rooms?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2014 12:16:53 -0500 Report: Minnesota ranks as healthiest state for seniors The state stood out in several key indicators -- seniors here have the lowest prevalence of cognitive problems, they visit the dentist often, and they volunteer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/report-minnesota-ranks-as-healthiest-state-for-seniors?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 15:20:49 -0500 MNsure names Leitz its permanent CEO Credited with improving the operation of the online health insurance marketplace, Scott Leitz will lead the organization through a critical time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/mnsure-scott-leitz?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:01:47 -0500 MNsure offers retroactive coverage for some Aiming not to penalize consumers for the website problems, the federal government has granted states some flexibility to retroactively apply federal subsidies such as premium tax credits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/mnsure-retroactive-coverage?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:20:36 -0500 Signups via Minn. health exchange pass 200,000 About three quarters of those who enrolled in coverage since October qualified for government-sponsored coverage such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, MNsure spokesman Joe Campbell said. About 50,000 others enrolled in private coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/signups-via-minn-health-exchange-pass-200000?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:19:31 -0500 Deloitte named to revamp MNsure exchange Deloitte will bear ultimate responsibility for ensuring MNsure meets deadlines, stays within budget, and meets quality benchmarks. MNsure will pay Deloitte $4.95 milllion out of MNsure's 2014 budget of federal funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/mnsure-contractor?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:43:32 -0500 Clock ticking for late MNsure enrollees Officials with Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace say anyone who completed a MNsure health insurance enrollment attempt form in the last days of March have only about a week to select a plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/health-care-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:23:18 -0500 Legislative Auditor to investigate MNsure The bi-partisan Legislative Audit Commission has directed the state's internal government watchdog to perform a broad audit of MNsure, Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/mnsure-audit?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:01:33 -0500 Lawmakers to decide if MNsure gets major audit A state legislative commission decides this week whether the state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, should get a major, top to bottom audit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/06/lawmakers-to-decide-if-mnsure-gets-major-audit?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:04:02 -0500 MNsure: Six crucial questions Even though the open enrollment period to buy commercial insurance for individuals and families is over, many questions loom over MNsure, the state's online health plan marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/mnsure-questions?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:57:41 -0500 Enrollment push helps MNsure sign up 169K Minnesotans by deadline In addition to the successful enrollments, 36,000 Minnesotans filled out MNsure's enrollment attempt forms before last night's deadline. They will avoid a federal penalty for lacking insurance if their enrollments are ultimately successful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/mnsure-signups?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:03:58 -0500 Demand strains MNsure phone system on signup deadline day MNsure says people who can't get through to the contact center, or are having difficulty enrolling online, should fill out the enrollment attempt form on the agency's website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/mnsure-deadline-day?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:10:45 -0500 MNsure's interim CEO to testify at U.S. House hearing In a statement, Leitz said he's happy to comply and will tell the committee Minnesota has among the lowest insurance premiums in the country and MNsure has enrolled more than 150,000 Minnesotans in coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/mnsures-interim-ceo-to-testify-at-us-house-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:17:52 -0500 MNsure hits enrollment goal; most opt for government program With less than a week left in the open enrollment period, only about 26 percent of people securing coverage through MNsure have signed up for commercial health plans. That's well below the goal of 58 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/health/mnsure-enrollment-goals?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:40:43 -0500 MNsure grants reprieve for late enrollment snags Consumers who make a good faith effort to enroll in health coverage through Minnesota's online insurance marketplace can avoid a penalty even if they don't complete the process by the deadline of midnight March 31, MNsure officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/mnsure-late-enrollment-reprieve?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:23:11 -0500 Time running out to enroll for health care Insurers are reminding Minnesotans who buy coverage on the individual market that they only have about a week left to enroll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/time-running-out-to-enroll-for-health-care?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:54:01 -0500 'Captain Phillips' stars promote MNsure in Somali community Barkhad Abdi and Faysal Ahmed, who skyrocketed to stardom for their portrayals of Somali pirates, are scheduled for a 5:30 appearance at the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis, where they will talk about the value of health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/health/somali-stars-pitch-mnsure?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:44:40 -0500 Insurance with your beer? MNsure courts young uninsured on their turf People under age 34 are considered key to the long-term financial health of online insurance exchanges like MNsure. Its leaders are going to universities, breweries and bars to find them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/health/mnsure-young-uninsured-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:40:53 -0500 Deadline for private health coverage is March 15 Minnesotans who want private health coverage starting April 1 have until 5 p.m. Saturday to enroll and pay for plans through the state's online health insurance marketplace, MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/15/deadline-for-private-health-coverage-is-march-15?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:43:44 -0500 MNsure faces $5M shortfall next year MNsure leaders estimate MNsure will have about $40 million in expenses but take in about $35 million in revenue next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/health/mnsure-budget?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:31:14 -0500 MNsure: Expect smoother experience on website in final weeks of open enrollment MNsure officials are encouraging Minnesotans to use the insurance exchange's website to select and purchase health coverage in the remaining weeks of open enrollment. Most Minnesotans have until March 31st to buy coverage or pay a penalty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/09/mnsure-expect-smoother-experience-on-website-in-final-weeks-of-open-enrollment?refid=0 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:45:39 -0500 Rule change means more Minnesotans will receive health insurance tax credits The rush to meet the March 31 deadline is expected to rival if not surpass MNsure's crush of web traffic from last December as procrastinators rush to not only sign up for coverage but also avoid the federal health care law's financial penalty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/mnsure-march-31-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:20:07 -0600 7 companies seek contract to salvage MNsure The two-year prime vendor contract requires the winning bidder to ensure MNsure meets deadlines, stays within budget, and meets quality benchmarks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/politics/mnsure-contract?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:31:28 -0600 More than financial penalty at stake for missed health care deadline Under the federal health care law, most Americans who don't obtain insurance by March 31 will face a financial penalty, but that's not all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/01/more-than-financial-penalties-at-stake-in-health-care-deadline?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:37:33 -0600 Study: Majority of Minnesotans say they need more information about health law State Health Economist Stefan Gildemeister was encouraged that a majority of uninsured Minnesotans knew they were required to obtain insurance in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/health-reform-information-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:13:29 -0600 MNsure ads give ax to Paul Bunyan and Babe Beginning Wednesday, the health insurance exchange will start running ads featuring Minnesotans who found less expensive coverage on MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/mnsure-ads?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:59:31 -0600 Management, technology failures, miscommunication plagued MNsure Internal documents and interviews with insurance company officials, county workers and other stakeholders reveal a more complicated story of MNsure's problems than the explanations offered by management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/health/mnsure-tech-failures-management-issues?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 MNsure getting 100 new workers to help at overwhelmed call center The MNsure Board approved spending up to $750,000 for the temporary workers. MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz told the agency's board members the cost could be covered within the existing MNsure budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/mnsure-contractors?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:00:40 -0600 Independent report slams MNsure leaders, says state should consider scrapping system Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth, performed a week-long analysis that found the project suffers from a lack of good management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/health/mnsure-report?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:24:17 -0600 Target to drop health insurance for part-time workers Company officials say offering part-time workers insurance could make many of them ineligible for federal subsidies that could reduce their cost of coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/21/target-part-time-workers-insurance?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:47:26 -0600 A clue to MNsure's problems found in a similar software precursor Before MNsure, the state's new online health insurance marketplace, there was HealthMatch. "It was a complete failure," said longtime state Rep. Tom Huntley, a DFLer from Duluth. "We hired a company to manage it and set it up ... and nothing ever happened." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/20/a-clue-to-mnsures-problems-found-in-a-similar-software-precursor?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers putting MNsure on the hot seat Scott Leitz goes before a Legislative Oversight Committee whose members include Republicans strongly opposed to MNsure's creation, against a background of frustrated consumers, an unhappy governor, and an increasingly critical legislative auditor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/politics/mnsure-legislative-committee?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:11:00 -0600 Most of MNsure's website shut down this weekend MNsure's website has been a source of much consumer frustration as at least 2,000 users have been stuck in the process of applying for insurance online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/mnsure-site-shut-down-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:38:19 -0600 Health care overhaul has some clinics preparing for rush of new patients 'Obamacare' expanded Medicaid and provided some people with premium discounts through the state's new online insurance marketplace, MNsure. As a result, community health centers expect to see a 12 to 15 percent rise in the number of patients this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/clinics-preparing-for-a-rush-of-new-patients-?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Callers swamp MNsure hotline Callers have overwhelmed the online insurance marketplace's contact center, which has a capacity of 300 calls at any one time. MNsure officials say the lines were busy right away when the center opened Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/callers-swamp-mnsure-hotline?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:18:50 -0600 Important Minn. health insurance deadline approaches at midnight Minnesotans who want to sign up for health coverage to begin New Year's day have until midnight Tuesday to select a plan through the state's online insurance marketplace, MNsure. Meanwhile, officials report enrollment jumped by about 15,000 in less than two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/health/important-minnesota-health-insurance-deadline-approaches-at-midnight?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:11:26 -0600 MNsure offers tips for frustrated consumers Minnesotans this week have been waiting an hour, on average, to get help navigating MNsure, the state's new online insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/health/mnsure-tips?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:11:32 -0600 Faulty MNsure software never tested due to federal delays MNsure officials said the site's technical problems can be traced back to software sold to the state by a single vendor, IBM Curam, which was never tested by the state before officials bought it for millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/faulty-mnsure-software-never-tested?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:55:33 -0600 New MNsure exec admits problems, promises fixes "We are committed 100 percent and fully committed to making this process a better one," said Scott Leitz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/news/new-mnsure-executive?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:33:25 -0600 MNsure chief resigns under fire; temporary replacement named April Todd-Malmlov, the head of Minnesota's health insurance marketplace resigned Tuesday after facing criticism over the troubled rollout and a questionably timed vacation in Costa Rica. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/mnsure-director-resigns?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:52:03 -0600 MNsure 'no longer vulnerable' to security issue A security flaw on MNsure that left users vulnerable to a hacking device has been fixed, a Minnetonka computer security analyst said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/health/mnsure-security-fix?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:51:33 -0600 MNsure: Some may need to reapply The problem stems from earlier troubles MNsure had in calculating individual premium tax credits. It affects consumers who've applied for coverage but not enrolled and don't have a family member on a government health program such as Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/mnsure-some-may-need-to-reapply?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:33:08 -0600 Under pressure, MNsure pushes data privacy fixes The problem is complex, but it comes down to this: MNsure's website allows consumers' private data to come through unencrypted, leaving it vulnerable to an inexpensive hacking tool. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/technology/as-critics-circle-mnsure-pushes-data-privacy-fixes?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:40:22 -0600 Minn. health care spending grew at slower rate in recent years A Minnesota Department of Health study finds health care spending in the state continued at a slow 2 percent growth rate from 2010 to 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/health/health-care-spending?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:05:46 -0600 Experts criticize security holes in MNsure When Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace unveiled its website in October, state I.T. officials described MNsure's security measures as "state of the art." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/health/mnsure-security-holes?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton: MNsure issues need to be fixed The ongoing technological problems that continue to plague the state's online health insurance marketplace should have been resolved by now, Gov. Mark Dayton said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/health/dayton-mnsure?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:44:17 -0600 MNsure applicants in last stage double in November The number of people who are in the final stages of applying for health insurance through the state's new online insurance marketplace, has more than doubled since the beginning of November according to figures released today by MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/health/mnsure-applicants-november?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:12:53 -0600 MNsure officials hope to send enrollment data this week As Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace wraps up its second month in operations, MNsure officials said Monday that they hope to send crucial enrollment data to insurers this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/politics/mnsure-enrollment-data?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:51:59 -0600 21 Minn. hospitals penalized for poor quality scores The hospitals are penalized or rewarded based on a small fraction of their Medicare payment reimbursement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/minnesota-hospitals-penalized-for-poor-quality-scores?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:10:59 -0600 MNsure plans have highest deductibles of 15 states, lowest premiums in U.S. The health plans offered on Minnesota's online insurance marketplace have the highest deductibles of those in 15 states, according to a new study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/health/mnsure-highest-deductible-lowest-premium?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:54:09 -0600 MNsure addresses call center wait times by hiring more employees Higher-than-expected wait times at the MNsure call center have prompted the new insurance marketplace to hire extra employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/health/mnsure-call-center?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:57:15 -0600 $0 credit subsidy confuses MNsure consumers A recent study finds 90,000 Minnesotans are eligible for tax credits if they buy health insurance through MNsure. But being eligible for a credit doesn't mean consumers will definitely receive a credit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/health/mnsure-consumers-confused-about-subsidies?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 MNsure signups reach 11,000 in first month Nearly 11,000 people have signed up for health coverage through the online health insurance marketplace since it opened Oct. 1, MNsure officials said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/health/mnsure-signups?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:48:02 -0600 Minn. health plans can't cancel but rates can rise At least 146,000 policy holders in Minnesota have received letters saying their plan will no longer be available, but they can enroll in a new -- and typically more expensive -- plan their insurer offers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/health/law-minnesotans-more-expensive-plans?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:34:19 -0500 MNsure Latino outreach events get a late start Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure has been open for four weeks. But efforts to inform hard-to-reach populations about how they can sign up for heath care coverage are only now getting underway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/health/latino-outreach-enrollment?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 $41M grant to help fund MNsure operations Minnesota's new online insurance marketplace has received $41 million in additional federal funds to fund operations through next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/health/grant-help-fund-mnsure-operations?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:01:37 -0500 Minn. attorney general asks feds to investigate Humana Attorney General Lori Swanson wrote to the head of the centers for Medicare and Medicaid alleging a pattern of wrongdoing by Humana, including denying payment for medical services it's required to cover and not complying with an appeals process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/health/lori-swanson-asks-feds-to-investigate-humana?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:50:31 -0500 MNsure after 2 weeks: How's it working? Elana Gravitz, Program Manager at Hennepin County Human Services Department sums up how many community organizations view MNsure, with a quick assessment: "Sometimes it works," she said. "Sometimes it doesn't work." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/health/mnsure-after-two-weeks?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 MNsure working to reduce help center wait times Callers to the help center for the state's new online insurance marketplace are waiting on hold for an average nine minutes, longer than originally projected, MNsure officials said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/10/mnsure-wait-times-help-center?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:04:47 -0500 8,000 MNsure accounts created so far MNsure officials say roughly 8,000 accounts have been created on the state's new health insurance marketplace as of Wednesday afternoon, but they will not disclose until next week how many consumers have actually enrolled in a health plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/mnsure-accounts?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:41:34 -0500 MNsure's intermittent problems continue for some users Days after Minnesota's online insurance marketplace had a less-than trouble-free launch, MNsure officials are betting that consumers will have a smoother experience this week. But the site is not in the clear yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/health/mnsure-intermittent-problems?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:22:30 -0500 MNsure expecting a big weekend The website will be open for account creation and enrollment on Saturday but not on Sunday. MNsure's executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, says consumers will still be able to peruse health plans on the site Sunday but won't be able to create accounts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/mnsure-expecting-a-big-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:52:44 -0500 Feds ease restrictions that were causing MNsure lockouts MNsure officials say the federal government has eased security restrictions that locked people out of the state's new online health insurance site after they made unsuccessful attempts to create a new account. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/changes-make-it-harder-to-get-locked-out-of-mnsure?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:24:33 -0500 Problems using MNsure? Officials urge patience MNsure officials say that consumers shopping for health care have created more than 2,500 accounts. But frustration about enrollment glitches for some is spreading to the health insurance industry and social service providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/problems-using-mnsure-officials-urge-patience?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 06:15:39 -0500 Some MNsure glitches persist MNsure officials have said a server problem that prevented some people from creating accounts on the system was fixed Tuesday and that more than 1,600 people have been able to create accounts since the site opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/some-mnsure-glitches-persist?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:01:07 -0500 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." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/health/mnsure-who-is-it-for-not-everyone?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 05:14:20 -0500 MNsure launch to be delayed by several hours Dayton said a delay in the availability of the federal data hub until about dawn tomorrow will slow MNsure's opening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/mnsure-launch-delayed?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:22:23 -0500 Health exchange rollouts are a milestone for 'Obamacare' Roundly criticized by many Republicans, the Affordable Care Act marks a milestone this week as state health insurance marketplaces begin enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/health/route-to-mnsure?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 MNsure would delay Oct. 1 launch if security risks resurface As a result of a recent data breach, MNsure's executives were on the hot seat at a legislative oversight committee hearing today, trying to calm worries about the agency's ability to safeguard personal information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/mnsure-to-be-audited-after-data-breach?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:39:07 -0500 State warns of insurance scams as MNsure gets underway Open enrollment on Minnesota's new online insurance marketplace, MNsure, won't begin until October first but state commerce officials say bogus websites that give the impression they're part of the new marketplaces have been appearing for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/21/state-warns-consumers-to-be-wary-of-insurance-scams-as-mnsure-gets-underway?refid=0 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 MNsure parts ways with employee in security breach An employee of Minnesota's health insurance exchange no longer works there after releasing private information about insurance agents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/health/mnsure-employee-security-breach?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:31:19 -0500 MNsure client aid organizations feeling squeezed Groups chosen for federal grants to to help enroll people in MNsure are feeling pressure due to delays in accessing the funds. The compressed timeline, one group president says, is "disrespectful" to the organizations that will do much of the work helping more than 1 million Minnesotans get health insurance through the exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/health/mnsure-aid-organizations?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Rulon Stacey named new CEO of Fairview Health Services Rulon Stacey, president of University of Colorado Health will take over as CEO of one of Minnesota's largest health systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/health/rulon-stacey-ceo-fairview-health?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:43:12 -0500 MNsure approves up to $750K more for outreach The MNsure board voted unanimously on Wednesday to make available up to $750,000 in additional outreach grants. The move followed criticism the initial funding round skipped groups primarily serving African-Americans, who are more than twice as likely as white Minnesotans to lack health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/health/mnsure-750k-more-for-outreach?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:04:33 -0500 MNsure unveils costs of health plans Minnesota consumers will be able to buy a health plan for as little as $90.59 per month on MNsure, the new state health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/health/online-health-insurance-marketplace-mnsure?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:50:57 -0500 MNsure call center set to answer consumer questions MNsure doesn't go live until Oct. 1 but officials want to start answering Minnesotans' questions about the online health insurance marketplace now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/01/mnsure-call-center?refid=0 Mon, 02 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 $4M grant split among 30 MNsure outreach groups Thirty organizations will share in a $4 million federal grant to help Minnesotans find health insurance coverage on the new online marketplace, MNsure announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/23/health/grant-split-among-mnsure-outreach-groups?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:01:44 -0500 MNsure loses bid to keep details secret Officials with MNsure, Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace have lost their bid to temporarily keep their marketing and public outreach materials secret. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/health/mnsure-loses-bid-for-secrecy?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:39:04 -0500 MNsure's board takes control of health exchange today More than a million Minnesotans are expected to enroll in health coverage through MNsure, an online site that goes live in a little more than six weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/health/mnsure-board-takes-control-of-health-exchange-today?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:48:55 -0500 Dueling messages about health care, insurance marketplace Officials with MNsure, the state's new online health insurance marketplace, will announce their new marketing campaign at a news conference Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/health/health-insurance-messaging?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:20:36 -0500 MNsure forum via Twitter set for Monday Minnesota's upcoming online insurance marketplace will be holding a town hall forum on Twitter on Monday to answer questions about how MNsure will work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/10/health/mnsure-twitter-town-hall?refid=0 Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:55:59 -0500 MNsure to ask feds for $55M for operations Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, plans to ask the federal government for a total of $55 million to help fund the operation next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/health/mnsure-operation-costs?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:34:05 -0500 'BluePrint' is Allina, Blue Cross Blue Shield plan encouraging patient visits Two giants in Minnesota's health care system have developed a health plan designed to encourage patients to see their doctor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/health/blueprint-allina-blue-cross-blue-shield-plan?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:09:29 -0500 Medicare to penalize 29 Minnesota hospitals for readmission rate Medicare will penalize about half of Minnesota's hospitals for readmitting patients too soon after discharge, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/health/medicare-penalty?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:21:43 -0500 Medical device gives heart patients a daily link to caregivers When Bill Hill prepares to weigh himself each morning, a mechanical voice speaks to him from a small box on his nightstand that is connected to the scale on the floor. "Ready for Health Check?" the voice asks. "Please step on the scale." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/health/medical-care-daily-link?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 State officials ask insurers to reveal premium details early The state commerce and health departments have asked companies selling health plans on the new insurance exchange to reveal how much their policies will cost in September, rather than in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/healthcare/state-officials-ask-mnsure-to-reveal-health-care-cost-details-early?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:08:42 -0500 MNsure asks to temporarily keep marketing materials secret; releases 2013 marketing costs Minnesota's new online insurance marketplace, has asked the state to temporarily classify some of its marketing materials as non-public, on the grounds that secrecy will protect consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/health/mnsure-asks-to-keep-marketing-materials-secret?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:15:59 -0500 Social service orgs apply for MNsure money More than 100 organizations have applied to share in a $4 million federal grant to help Minnesotans find health insurance coverage on the new online marketplace, MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/health/mnsure-grants?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:56:06 -0500 Justice Rosalie Wahl, first woman to serve on Minn. Supreme Court, dies Rosalie Wahl, one of Minnesota's legal pioneers, died today at 88. While she will be remembered first and foremost as Minnesota's first woman to serve on the state Supreme Court, her time as justice was only a part of an extraordinary life. "Minnesota owes Justice Wahl a great debt of gratitude for her exceptional service," Gov. Mark Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/news/rosalie-wahl-first-minn-woman-supreme-court-justice-dies?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:59:19 -0500 Minn. seeking another $40M for MNsure Minnesota will seek another $40 million in federal money to operate the new online insurance marketplace, MNsure in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/politics/mnsure-federal-request?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:28:34 -0500 Legislative panel reviews MNsure operations Representatives of the state's new online insurance marketplace, MNsure, will go before a legislative oversight committee on Monday in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/21/politics/mnsure-legislative-oversight?refid=0 Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:39:29 -0500 MNsure town hall message: Brace yourselves for the information deluge, Minnesota At a town hall meeting Tuesday night, DFL lawmakers welcomed questions about health care overhaul, and warned residents of impending information deluge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/health/mnsure-town-hall-message-brace-yourselves-for-the-information-deluge-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Health care town hall meeting set for Tuesday Several DFL lawmakers will hold a health care town hall meeting Tuesday to explain how the new health care law will affect Minnesotans and answer their questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/14/politics/healthcare-townhall-meeting-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:43:49 -0500 Persuading young adults to buy into health care takes new tack Many young adults may not worry about a health crisis, but the people building insurance exchanges worry about the millions of other healthy Americans who they fear may simply opt out. They need those younger, low-risk people to pay premiums to offset the costs of covering older, sicker Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/health/young-adults-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:30:14 -0500 Minn. health centers to receive $1.68M for uninsured Sixteen Minnesota health centers will share $1.68 million in federal funds to help uninsured Minnesotans obtain coverage under the federal health care law. The funding is part of a national grant of $150 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/health/federal-grants-for-uninsured?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:37:12 -0500 Latinos important constituency in health care overhaul While Latinos comprise a small fraction of Minnesota's population , they are a big part of the uninsured population. One in eight Latinos lacks health insurance. That makes Latino communities a likely focus for efforts to reduce the number of Minnesotans lacking health coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/health/latino-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 09:45:00 -0500 MNsure won't be affected by Obamacare delay The state's new health insurance exchange, MNsure, won't be affected by the Obama administration's decision today to delay a key employer mandate under the federal health care law, Minnesota officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/health/mnsure-aca-delay?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:26:32 -0500 MNSURE spreading the word via social media Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, MNSURE, is turning to social media to inform consumers about its progress toward a launch this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/30/health/mnsure-social-media-campaign?refid=0 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:09:29 -0500 Minnesota likely to avoid states' budget shock from ACA's 'welcome mat' effect State spending on Medicaid programs could rise substantially, even for states that have opted out of the federal health care law's Medicaid expansion, according to a University of Minnesota study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/affordable-care-acts-welcome-mat-effect-may-shock-state-budgets?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:16:05 -0500 MNsure I.T. costs up nearly $5M Costs to build the technology infrastructure of Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace have gone up nearly $5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/health/mnsure-costs-up?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:43:36 -0500 Health insurance rebate coming to some Minnesotans A health insurance rebate could be coming to 9,161 Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/health/insurance-rebate?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:41:32 -0500 Advocates for poor say MNsure's 2-tier enrollment system is unfair The state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, is banking on community groups and other grass-roots organizations to help people sign up for health plans. MNsure will pay consumer assistants to help Minnesotans apply for and enroll in coverage. But MNsure has a two-tier payment system that advocates for low-income people call unfair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/health/mnsure-two-tier-system-for-paying-assistants?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Free on Tuesday: 700 bike helmets for kids Children's Hospitals and UnitedHealthcare will be giving out 700 free children's bicycle helmets and reflectors Tuesday afternoon at three Twin Cities parks and selected boys and girls club camps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/health/kids-bike-helmet-giveaway?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:36:46 -0500 MNsure call center will answer health plan questions A call center will be open later this summer to provide information to consumers about health plans, enrollment choices and procedures regarding Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/health/mnsure-call-center?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Medical merger creates Courage Kenny rehab center Two Minnesota giants in medical rehabilitation officially merge on Saturday and will adopt a new name. The Golden Valley-based Courage Center and the Minneapolis-based Sister Kenny Institute are now the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of the Allina Health System. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/01/health/courage-center-sister-kenny-merger?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 10:19:04 -0500 Insurers submit plans to state to join MNSURE Some Minnesota insurers say consumers on average will see higher health plan premiums but also more generous benefits for policies sold on the state's new online insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/25/health/mnsure-higher-rates-more-coverage?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 MNSURE board picks ex-CEO as chairman The former head of a health care software company will lead a powerful board that is playing a major role in shaping the state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNSURE. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/health/mnsure-chairman-of-board-chosen?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 10:37:09 -0500 Glitch pushes back MNsure deadline A computer glitch at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has forced the postponement of a state deadline today connected to Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, called MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/health/glitch-causes-delay-in-mnsure-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 12:23:43 -0500 Small businesses wonder what health overhaul has in store for them Organizations representing small business have been among the sharpest critics of the federal health care overhaul. But the opposition is not universal. Some small business owners in Minnesota hope they'll find new health insurance options thanks to the law and MNSURE, the new state new online insurance marketplace it created. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/health/small-businesses-mnsure?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 15:56:49 -0500 Health care overhaul costs to counties offset by federal aid DHS said the federal government will raise its matching grants from 50 percent to 75 percent for certain related costs starting in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/05/health/health-care-overhaul-costs-to-counties-offset-by-federal-aid?refid=0 Sun, 05 May 2013 13:27:53 -0500 Blue Cross Blue Shield delays start of controversial payment system Minnesota's largest health plan will delay the start of controversial payment system for hospitals until Jan. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/health/blue-cross-blue-shield?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 16:32:09 -0500 Need your medical records? There's an app for that If your medical records aren't in electronic form, they will be soon. Hospitals and clinics are replacing paper files with sophisticated electronic health records. But with a variety of systems in use, they often cannot share information with each other -- and that can be a serious problem in an emergency. Smart phones are starting to bridge that electronic gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/health/medical-records-application?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Blue Cross Blue Shield cut payments, hospital organization alleges Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is accused of slashing payments to hospitals by the Minnesota Hospital Association. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/health/blue-cross-blue-shield?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:04:50 -0500 Until health law takes hold, many grapple with insurance limbo For some people, big changes under the federal health care law cannot come soon enough. The law takes full effect in January, and before then many people will enter health insurance limbo as they lose coverage, including some who will age out of their parents' plans. The precise number of those losing their insurance is unclear, but researchers indicate it could be in the hundreds of thousands nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/13/health/young-adults-in-health-insurance-limbo?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Coon Rapids man pleads guilty to stealing prosthetic limbs A former manager of prosthetics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing artificial limbs from the hospital and then selling them on eBay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/news/coon-rapids-man-guilty-stealing-prosthetic-limbs?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:51:10 -0500 Report: Fewer in Minn. get health insurance through work University of Minnesota researchers say nearly 240,000 fewer Minnesotans got their health insurance through an employer in 2011 compared to 2000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/health/health-insurance-through-employer-report?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:54:47 -0500 Sanford ends bid for Fairview Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services says it will focus on finding a permanent CEO now that rural health care giant Sanford has pulled out of merger talks. Sanford announced Wednesday it felt "unwelcome" and was cutting off discussions of a potential partnership with Fairview. At the same time, Fairview moved away from a merger with the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/health/sanford-ends-bid-for-fairview?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Attorney general questions proposed Fairview-Sanford merger Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is raising concerns over the University of Minnesota's plan to acquire Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, which is also in merger talks with rural health care giant Sanford Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/health/attorney-general-questions-proposed-fairviewu-of-m-hospital-merger-?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:37:02 -0500 Capitol hearing to explore potential Fairview-Sanford merger Representatives from three health care organizations are expected to testify Sunday afternoon at the state Capitol about potential mergers. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is also inviting the public to weigh in at the hearing, which starts at 1:30 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/06/politics/fairview-sanford-merger-hearing-at-capitol?refid=0 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Geography may be key in any deal for Fairview Health Merger talks are swirling around Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health of North and South Dakota. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants the public to weigh in on the situation at a hearing on Sunday at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/politics/fairview-sanford-health-merger-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:35:25 -0500 U of M Pres. Kaler proposes buying Fairview The University of Minnesota is proposing to acquire its partner, Fairview Health Services. Officials from both are slated to meet Monday to discuss the offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/business/kaler-proposes-buying-fairview?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:53:10 -0500 Health website aims to help Minn. consumers A coalition of advocacy organizations has launched a new website to help Minnesotans understand how the federal health care law may affect them personally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/health/website-to-navigate-health-reform?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:50:50 -0500 MNSURE's small business options will be ahead of other states Workers at small businesses that buy health insurance on MNSURE -- Minnesota's new online marketplace -- will have access to features that will be delayed in many other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/health/mnsures-small-business-options-will-be-ahead-of-other-states?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:23:26 -0500 2012 health care spending per person up 5% Health care spending per person rose 5 percent in Minnesota last year, reports the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the trade group representing the state's health insurers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/health/health-care-spending-per-person-up-five-percent?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:01:00 -0500 $50K grant targets overused medical tests The Minnesota Medical Association, the state's largest doctor group, has received a $50,000 grant to educate physicians and patients about overused medical tests and procedures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/30/health/grant-to-reduce-unnecessary-tests?refid=0 Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:43:31 -0500 Minn. audit faults Human Services Dept. The legislative auditor has found that Minnesota's Department of Human Services did not adequately verify eligibility of participants in some of its public assistance programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/politics/department-of-human-services-legislative-audit?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:01:25 -0500 U study: After reform, 1 in 10 poor will lack health plan A University of Minnesota study says 1 out of every 10 low-income people living in the state will still lack access to government health care coverage, despite the Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/health/low-income-residents-lack-access-to-health-insurance?refid=0 Sun, 24 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's health insurance exchange: What's next? Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law the contentious health insurance exchange bill that was approved by the House and Senate. The legislation creates a new online marketplace where more than one million Minnesotans will obtain health insurance starting in October. But that's only the beginning of the exchange story. Here are several next steps to watch for as the health exchange takes shape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/minnesotas-health-insurance-exchange-whats-next?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:18:10 -0500 Dayton signs health exchange law, creating 'MNSURE' Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed into law historic and controversial legislation enacting the centerpiece of President Obama's health care overhaul. Starting in October, more than a million Minnesotans, including 300,000 who are uninsured, will be able to take advantage of a new marketplace for health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/politics/dayton-signs-health-exchange-bill?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:36:14 -0500 Health exchange billl heads to Gov. Dayton The bill establishing Minnesota's highly controversial health insurance exchange is about to become law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Stawicki, who's has been covering the long-running debate in Minnesota over the exchange as well as the health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/stawicki?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:43:13 -0500 Health exchange bill passes Minn. Senate; heads to Dayton's desk The Minnesota Senate has passed a health exchange bill on a party-line vote; 39 Democrats voted for the bill and 28 Republicans voted against. Following Gov. Mark Dayton's signature of the bill, Minnesota will become one of at least 17 states that develop and run their own exchanges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/politics/health-exchange-bill-passes-legislature?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:00:00 -0500 Senate to vote on revised exchange bill The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote on a revised health insurance exchange bill on Monday in what could be the last stop for the bill before the governor's desk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/17/politics/health-exchange-last-stop?refid=0 Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:45:22 -0500 Health exchange bill passes House; abortion restrictions out Landmark health insurance legislation is on its way to the Minnesota Senate after the House on Wednesday night approved a bill enacting a Minnesota health insurance exchange, a cornerstone of the federal Affordable Care act health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/health-exchange-bill-passes-house-abortion-restrictions-out-?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:02:13 -0500 House discussion of health care bill starts, stops Legislation to enact a centerpiece of the federal health care overhaul is getting a bumpy ride in the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/politics/house-health-care-bill?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:35:30 -0500 Abortion restrictions cut from health exchange bill Abortion restrictions have been cut from a final version of the health insurance exchange bill set for a full House vote on Thursday. The legislation will impact how more than a million Minnesotans obtain health coverage, starting in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/abortion-restriction-cut-from-health-exchange-bill?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:15:23 -0500 N.Y. psychiatrists group sues UnitedHealth A group representing psychiatrists in New York state is suing Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group for violating laws requiring parity in mental health coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/health/united-health-group-parity-law?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:46:31 -0500 Minnesota Senate, following House, passes health insurance exchange bill The Minnesota Senate on Thursday night passed legislation creating an online health insurance marketplace that's slated to be up and running by October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/health/minnesota-senate-following-house-passes-health-insurance-exchange-bill?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:36:57 -0600 Minn. GOP vows to slow health exchange bill Republicans say they will offer about 100 amendments to an insurance exchange bill when the Minnesota Senate debates it Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/politics/health-care-bill-republicans?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:51:22 -0600 Health exchange passes Minn. House; amendment restricts abortion coverage The DFL-controlled Minnesota House has passed a key part of the Obama administration's health care law -- a state-based health insurance exchange -- by a 72 to 58 vote, largely along party line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/health/insurance-exchange-passes-minn-house-with-amendment-restricting-abortion-coverage?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 07:05:21 -0600 Minn. House takes up health exchange bill The Minnesota House today begins what could be a marathon debate over a controversial and key part of the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/health/health-exchange?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:50:35 -0600 House set to vote on Minn. health exchange Legislation to create a new online marketplace for health insurance is scheduled for a vote by the full Minnesota House on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/politics/health-exchange-house-vote?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 09:59:47 -0600 Review raises questions about payment rates to HMOs A review of how the Pawlenty administration set payment rates for HMOs managing care for public health programs raises questions about high profit margins for the private health plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/health/review-of-how-the-pawlenty-administration-set-payment-rates-for-hmos-managing-care?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:38:12 -0600 Feds award Minn. $45M Medicaid grant The federal government has awarded Minnesota $45 million to serve as a model testing site to lower taxpayer costs and improve the quality of care for Medicaid patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/politics/medicaid-grant?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:28:42 -0600 Minnesota health exchange on deadline, moving swiftly Legislation that would create a new online marketplace for Minnesotans to buy health insurance will be making its last state Senate committee stop this week. In order for the exchange to open for business in October as required, state lawmakers must pass a bill by the third week in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/17/politics/health-exchange-moves-to-last-committee?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 For some workers, W2 details health costs Workers for large employers may notice new health insurance information listed on their W2 forms this year. Under the federal health care law, W2 forms now must include the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/17/health/irs-code-health-insurance-cost?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:48:11 -0600 Total cost of health insurance now on W2s Workers at larger employers may notice new health insurance information listed on their W2 forms this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/health/health-insurance-cost-w2?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:40:25 -0600 Dayton, Jesson press for US health money Gov. Mark Dayton and his Human Services commissioner will travel to Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for federal money for MinnesotaCare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/03/politics/dayton-jesson-federal-health-money?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 10:44:43 -0600 Minn., health providers aim to cut costs The Dayton administration says a program designed to increase quality for 100,000 Medicaid patients will also save the state $90 million over the next three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/health/minnesota-partners-with-health-care-providers-on-new-medicaid-payment-system?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:45:35 -0600 Webcams connect pharmacists to immobile Minn. seniors Virtual visits with pharmacists may become more common under the federal health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/health/webcam-connects-pharmacists-to-immobile-seniors?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:27:03 -0600 Expanded Medicaid eligibility could cover additional 145,000 Minnesotans Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to expand eligibility for Medicaid in Minnesota would provide health coverage for an additional 145,000 Minnesotans, including 47,000 children, said Minnesota's Human Services Commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/health/medicaid-expanded-eligibility?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:29:37 -0600 Brokers could be paid directly by insurance carriers under exchange amendment A Minnesota Senate committee handed insurance brokers a victory today in a long-running skirmish over the state's new health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/health/committee-exchange-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:20:23 -0600 MN insurance exchange info website launches The state budget office has launched a website about how a health insurance exchange will work in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/health/insurance-exchange-website-launches?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:37:50 -0600 2 panels working on health exchange bill A bill to create an insurance exchange in Minnesota goes before more legislative committees this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/politics/healh-exchange-committees?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:38:17 -0600 Health exchange bill passes first Senate committee A bill to create a key part of the federal health care law in Minnesota sailed through its first committee Wednesday on a party line vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/politics/health-exchange-bill-passes-first-committee?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:34:57 -0600 Gov.'s office wants MinnesotaCare paid for with federal funding The Dayton administration wants to use funds available under the federal health care law to help pay for MinnesotaCare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/health/minnesotacare-funding?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:54:49 -0600 Criticism for bill on Minn. health exchange Some members of a task force considering a state health insurance exchange have voiced concerns last week about the governance structure proposed in bipartisan legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/13/politics/minn-health-exchange-rules?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:38:56 -0600 Some insurers question claim of same or smaller premiums under insurance exchange The state Commerce Department says the majority of Minnesotans who buy individual health insurance plans will pay the same or smaller premiums on the state insurance exchange in 2016. But some insurers question the figures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/health/insurance-exchange-premium?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:15:02 -0600 With bill in hand, legislators squeezed for time to establish health insurance exchange DFL and Republican lawmakers wasted no time this week in unveiling a bill to establish a state health insurance exchange. Federal and state deadlines give legislators barely 10 weeks to get the bill through 14 House and Senate committees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/health/health-exchange-bill?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers unveil bill to create insurance exchange State lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday to create an insurance exchange in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/health/health-exchange-legislation?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:09:11 -0600 Changes to govt. health care could save on costs, UnitedHealth Group reports A report by UnitedHealth Group said the U.S. could reduce spending on Medicare and Medicaid by doing a better job of coordinating patient care, particularly for those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/health/unitedhealth-report?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Health insurance exchange, MinnesotaCare, Medicaid decisions due at Legislature State lawmakers are under a tight deadline as they tackle a number of issues related to the federal health care overhaul, including passing legislation to set up a health insurance exchange, the fate of MinnesotaCare and an expansion of Medicaid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/health/legislative-session-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:33:00 -0600 Medical Association wants to raise tax on tobacco Minnesota's largest doctor group says it is time to raise the state's tax on tobacco products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/health/medical-associated-wants-to-raise-tax-on-tobacco?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:13:59 -0600 Public input sought for Minn. Dept. of Health's online tool The state health department is seeking public feedback on a Web-based tool that will help consumers compare hospitals, clinics and outpatient surgery centers for quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/22/public-input-sought-for-minn-dept-of-health-online-tool?refid=0 Sat, 22 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Bonuses, penalties for Minn. hospitals under fed. health care program Some Minnesota hospitals will receive slightly less Medicare money while others will get bonuses, under provisions of the federal health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/health/bonuses-penalties-for-minn-hospitals-under-fed-health-care-program-?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:51:06 -0600 Feds approve Minn. exchange, insurers scramble to develop health plans Health insurers are under tight deadlines to bring out new plans under the federal health care overhaul. The government released its proposed regulations spelling out what the plans have to cover only last month. But those rules aren't final yet. Insurers say they're scrambling to develop the new products in a matter of months when the process would normally take at least a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/health/feds-approve-minn-exchange-insurers-develop-health-plans?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:34:24 -0600 Blue Cross and Blue Shield MN names new CEO The state's largest commercial health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, has named a new CEO: Michael Guyette. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/health/blue-cross-and-blue-shield-new-ceo?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:27:18 -0600 Minn. meets deadline for health exchange States must submit their plans to the federal government Friday for a key part of the federal health care law -- the insurance exchanges. But Minnesota is already ahead of the game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/minnesota-health-care-exchange-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:00:40 -0600 Sister Kenny, Courage Center to merge Two Minnesota giants in medical rehabilitation are merging -- Courage Center in Golden Valley and Allina's Sister Kenny Institute, based in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/health/sister-kenney-and-courage-center-merge?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:47:48 -0600 Consultant: public trust is key to success of health exchange A communications consultant told a state panel today that building public trust will be key to the success of a new health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/health/consultant-public-trust-is-key-to-success-of-health-exchange?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:48:55 -0600 Federal HHS probing Minn. Medicaid program Another federal agency is looking into whether the state of Minnesota improperly set rates for its Medicaid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/politics/medicaid-program-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:39:18 -0600 Regions opens $36M mental health center Regions Hospital in St. Paul has opened a new $36 million mental health center designed to improve care for patients and their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/health/regions-opens-mental-health-center?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:28:50 -0600 State review finds HMO finances are 'generally sound' but report raises questions A state review finds Minnesota HMOs providing services to public programs such as Medicaid and MinnesotaCare have generally sound financial practices. But the report did raise concerns about the plans' charitable donations and other uses of public dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/health/report-minnesota-hmo-health-care?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 MPR News Primer: Federal health care law The federal health care overhaul is here to stay after surviving an epic legal battle at the United States Supreme Court and the contentious 2012 elections. But that does not mean the massive law will remain intact, as enacted. Congress may be tempted to raid some of the Affordable Care Act's funding as part of a deal to avert the collection of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/acaprimer?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 05:23:44 -0600 State health insurance exchange will cost more than earlier estimates A state health insurance exchange will cost $54 million in 2015 to operate, says the Dayton administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/health/minnesota-state-health-exchange?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:32:05 -0600 MN health exchange chief cautiously optimistic on new DFL majority The Dayton administration official overseeing the development of Minnesota's health insurance exchange expects plenty of disagreements to come, regardless of the change in power at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/politics/health-exchange-chief-dfl-majority?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:08:03 -0600 Election likely removes obstacles to health care overhaul in Minn. A Democratic Legislature, along with Gov. Mark Dayton who solidly supports the president's health care overhaul, likely clears roadblocks to completing a cornerstone of the law, a state insurance marketplace called an exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/health/post-election-status-health-care-overhaul-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Value of health insurance could be tough sell to some uninsured The federal health care overhaul aims to drastically reduce the number of Americans who don't have insurance. But as Minnesota officials gear up to promote the importance of health insurance, market research indicates even subsidized health plans will be a tough sell with some people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/health/value-of-health-insurance-to-uninsured?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Study: Health overhaul improving senior care An annual study of health care quality suggests a new payment system under the federal health care overhaul is improving care for seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/health/study-health-reform-improving-senior-care?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:57:13 -0500 MN to ask for more health exchange funds The Dayton administration will seek between $60 million and $80 million more in federal grants to fund a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul &mdash; a state insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/politics/minnesota-to-ask-for-more-insurance-exchange-funds?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:57:43 -0500 Minn. estimates health insurance exchange costs at $40M The state-based online insurance marketplaces are a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul. State officials are trying to figure out how to come up with the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/health/health-care-exchange?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:26:25 -0500 'Safety net' hospitals brace for potential cuts The federal health care overhaul will inject some financial uncertainty into the budget of Hennepin County Medical Center and other so-called, "safety net" hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/health/safety-net-hospitals-potential-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:01:00 -0500 In new health exchange, human element of customer service is up for debate Minnesota and other states are developing health exchanges: an online, one-stop shop for consumers to compare competing health plans. The law provides for assistance from humans as well, but there is a big debate about who should provide that help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/29/health/health-exchange-navigators?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Study: More Minnesotans burdened by high health care cost A new study says Minnesota has a higher percentage of residents with a high health care cost burden than the national average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/health/study-minnesotans-high-health-care-cost-burden?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:39:02 -0500 Audit: Essentia overbilled Medicare A federal audit found Duluth-based Essentia Health received more than $865,000 in Medicare overpayments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/health/audit-duluth-health-system-overbilled-medicare-by-800k?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:46:28 -0500 Citing potential conflicts of interest, Dayton moves insurance exchange to budget office Gov. Mark Dayton is changing leadership of the administration's work on the state's health insurance exchange, shifting oversight away from the Department of Commerce after questions of conflict of interest and lack of transparency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/health/dayton-moves-health-exchange-to-budget-office?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:50:30 -0500 Minn. insurance exchange changes hands Gov. Mark Dayton is shifting responsibility for developing a key part of the federal health care law -- an insurance exchange -- from the Department of Commerce to Minnesota Management and Budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/politics/state-budget-office-now-in-charge-of-insurance-exchange?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:52:34 -0500 Minn. HMO profits keep rolling in Minnesota's largest health plans enjoyed healthy profits for the third year in a row, despite returning more than $100 million to the Medicaid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/health/minnesota-health-plan-profits?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:08:09 -0500 Business groups frustrated over lack of information on health exchange Officials representing Minnesota health insurance agents and brokers are worried state officials are implementing the health reform law in ways that will hurt their business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/01/politics/health-exchange?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 CEOs say health merger means lower cost, better care The CEOs for HealthPartners and Park Nicollet say their proposed merger will mean better quality health care for patients at more affordable cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/health/merger-means-lower-cost-better-care?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:34:00 -0500 Gov. Dayton asks for additional $42.5M to build health exchange The Dayton administration has asked the federal government for another $42.5 million to build Minnesota's insurance exchange, a key part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/health/minnesota-health-exchange?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:50:28 -0500 Some Minn. hospitals penalized for readmission rate At least two dozen Minnesota hospitals will have to forfeit a small fraction of their Medicare funding because patients had to be readmitted soon after discharge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/health/healthcare-penalties?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:57:10 -0500 New Medicaid payment method will save money, MN officials say Minnesota is the first state in the nation to receive federal approval for a new way of paying for health care in its Medicaid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/health/minnesota-new-medicaid-payment-system?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:40:57 -0500 HealthPartners, Allina collaboration reduces care costs An experimental partnership between two Twin Cities rivals appears to be holding down health care costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/health/healthpartners-allina-collaboration-reduces-care-costs?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:26:46 -0500 Investigation continues into North Memorial Hospital agreement with Accretive The Minnesota Attorney General's office says officials are still investigating North Memorial Hospital despite Monday's settlement announcement with bill collector Accretive Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/business/accretive-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:21:17 -0500 Accretive agrees to $2.5M fine; company to withdraw from Minn. Fairview Health Service's former bill collector, Accretive Health, has agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine and leave the state to settle a federal lawsuit brought by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/health/accretive-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Accretive to pay $2.5M in settlement Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today announced a $2.5 million settlement under which Chicago-based bill collector Accretive Health has agreed to stop operations in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/business/accretive-settlement?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:52:33 -0500 DHS wants audit of Pawlenty-era Medicaid contracts The Dayton administration is seeking an independent review of how the Pawlenty administration determined payments to HMOs providing services for the state's Medicaid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/health/pawlenty-hmo-audit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:18:13 -0500 Minn. seeking outside Medicaid audit The Dayton administration is seeking an independent review of how the state set payment rates for Medicaid HMOs during the Pawlenty administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/politics/medicaid-audit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:01:32 -0500 Health care spending slows in Minn. The state Health Department reports the rate of health care spending in Minnesota has slowed to its lowest point since 1997. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/health/health-care-spending-slows-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:50:28 -0500 Firm chosen to build tech side of Minn. insurance exchanges The state Commerce Department has chosen a Virginia company to build the technical part of its health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/health/firm-chosen-to-build-tech-side-of-minnesota-insurance-exchanges?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:09:20 -0500 MN AG tries to push forward Accretive case Minnesota's Attorney General Lori Swanson has asked a federal judge to allow her case against Fairview Health System's former debt collector, Accretive, to move forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/news/swanson-accretive?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:07:38 -0500 Amid debate and uncertainty over health care, Mayo expands There's a lot of jockeying for position in the health care market as medical centers prepare to implement the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/health/policy-mayo-affiliation?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Accretive asks judge to dismiss lawsuit Fairview Health Service's former debt collector, Accretive Health on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss Attorney General Lori Swanson's complaint against the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/health/accretive-asks-judge-to-dismiss-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:08:45 -0500 Will the unpopular health mandate penalty be effective? The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate requiring Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty has angered some people and frightened others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/politics/health-care-policy-aca-penalty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:47:46 -0500 Minn.'s health care left largely intact by high court's ruling Today's ruling by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act is only a way station in the law's history. The decision provides certainty that federal health care passes constitutional muster, but it remains to be seen whether it passes muster with the voters and their officials following the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/politics/health-care-policy-aca-upheld?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:26:45 -0500 Q&A: Health care ruling's impact on Minnesota The ruling is a relief for the 9 percent of Minnesotans who are uninsured. That's low compared to other states, but the uninsured still make up nearly a half million people here who will now have expanded access to coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/health/impact-of-ruling-on-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:39:22 -0500 Franken measure would toughen patient debt collection rules Minnesota DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he'll introduce legislation Wednesday to toughen laws related to patient privacy and debt collection practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/politics/franken-accretive?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:31:35 -0500 Proposed rules would ban emergency room debt collection The U.S. Department of Treasury released proposed regulations Monday that would ban debt collection activities in the emergency rooms of non-profit hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/health/emergency-room-debt-collection?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:00:11 -0500 Accretive's stolen laptop contained patient names, Swanson says Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson added new allegations of wrongdoing by hospital debt collector Accretive Health Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/news/swanson-accretive-health-new-allegations?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:22:44 -0500 Poll reflects optimism from Minn. professional firms A statewide survey finds professional business service firms see reasons for optimism about the economy during the next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/16/business/econ-outlook?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:30:00 -0500 Survey finds some optimism for economy A statewide survey finds optimism for the economy in the coming year among professional business service firms such as engineers, accountants, and consultants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/16/economy/business-optimism?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Feds award $30M to 2 MN health groups Two Minnesota-based health care organizations have won federal innovation grants Friday totaling more than $30 million under the health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/health/feds-award-grants-to-health-groups?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:11:40 -0500 IBM hopes its Watson will become doctor's sidekick Watson, IBM's artificial intelligence supercomputer, could help doctors wade through loads of research data and apply that knowledge to treating patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/health/ibm-watson-medical-technology?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:52:40 -0500 $700K award to Minn. in Aflac settlement Minnesota will receive $700,000 as part of a settlement with Aflac insurance. Aflac bills itself as the number one provider of supplemental health insurance in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/aflac-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:29:54 -0500 Minn. AG questions North Memorial, Accretive Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is accusing North Memorial, a Twin Cities health care provider, and embattled debt collector Accretive Health of apparently operating without legally required patient privacy protections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/swanson-questions-north-memorial-accretive?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 14:52:16 -0500 At Franken's hearing, patients tell grim debt collection story A former patient of embattled Fairview Health Services testified at a U.S. Senate hearing in St. Paul Wednesday about being hit up for payment while writhing in pain on an emergency room gurney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/health/accretive-franken-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 15:09:42 -0500 Minn. doctors seek streamlined drug prescriptions The Minnesota Medical Association says it wants to work with health plans to develop a better process for prescription drug approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/27/minn-medicine?refid=0 Sun, 27 May 2012 11:30:00 -0500 Fairview Health CEO leaves The CEO of Fairview Health Services, a major Minnesota health system under investigation for bill collection practices, is leaving that position at the end of July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/fairview-health-ceo-leaves-in-wake-of-debt-collection-proble?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 11:46:39 -0500 State could help cover federal health care 'no-man's land' A low-income group under age 65 falls into a kind of no-man's land for affordable coverage. They earn too much to qualify for assistance through Medicaid, but not enough to afford even subsidized commercial insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/health/health-care-gap?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Federal officials to review Minn.'s progress on health exchange Minnesota Commerce Department officials say federal officials will review the state's progress on developing a key part of the federal health care overhaul next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/federal-officials-to-review-minns-progress-on-health-exchange?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 19:55:12 -0500 Feds want to raise Medicaid payment rates The federal government is proposing to temporarily raise Medicaid payment rates for primary care doctors in Minnesota and nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/health/medicaid-payments?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 16:52:13 -0500 MN disabilities program gets $1.8M grant A Twin Cities-area program that serves adults with disabilities and complex medical conditions has won a major innovation grant under the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/health/courage-center-grant?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 13:37:51 -0500 Govt. won't begin collecting physician payment data until 2013 The federal government will delay carrying out a key part of the health care overhaul that is aimed at shedding light on the financial relationships between doctors, drug companies, and medical device makers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/physician-payment-data-delay?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 16:13:24 -0500 Health care practitioners short in supply in rural communities Rural Minnesota health leaders say their communities not only face shortages of nurses and doctors, but of many other health care workers as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/rural-health-care-worker-shortage?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 17:16:33 -0500 $15M grant for MN community health centers Seven Minnesota community health centers will share in more than $15 million under new grants provided under the federal health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/health/minnesota-community-health-centers-grant?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 11:32:38 -0500 Some Minnesotans to get insurance rebate A small number of Minnesotans could receive a rebate as part of the federal health care law's new insurance regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/health-care-insurance-rebate?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:39:27 -0500 Accountability of Minn.'s Medicaid is latest dustup in long fight Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will testify before a joint congressional hearing Wednesday about accountability in Minnesota's Medicaid program in a controversy that is only the latest in a long line of skirmishes between states and the federal government over Medicaid funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/medicaid-controversy?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:55:00 -0500 Minn. to give feds $15M in Medicaid cash Minnesota will turn over to the federal government about $15 million in Medicaid money donated to the state by an HMO last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/minnesota-medicaid-funds?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:34:51 -0500 Legislators: State should have backup plan for health care law Some Republican state lawmakers want the Minnesota human services commissioner to have a contingency plan in place if the federal health care law's Medicaid expansion is either struck down or repealed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/08/gop-health-care-backup?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2012 11:41:46 -0500 Minn. doctors want share of health funds The state's largest physician group, the Minnesota Medical Association, says doctors and clinics that treat Medicaid and MinnesotaCare patients should get a share of an estimated extra $35 million coming into the state's coffers this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/doctors-ask-for-share-of-health-care-refund?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:38:44 -0500 Minn. HMOs to return $73M to state Four big Minnesota HMOs will repay the state an estimated $73 million as a result of a negotiated cap on profits earned on government health programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/minnesota-hmo-refund?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 11:37:47 -0500 Program to help high-risk patients recognized for innovation A physicians group is recognizing HealthPartners and St. Paul's Regions hospital for a program they've instituted to reduce the number of preventable hospital visits for high-risk patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/regions-hospital-pilot-program?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:40:43 -0500 Study: Early treatment helps curb cardiac arrest A nationwide study that relied partly on Twin Cities-area data finds a relatively low-cost treatment given to patients experiencing chest pains appears to reduce the risk of cardiac arrest or death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/glucose-insulin-potassium-medication-study?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:11:12 -0500 State: Health care law repeal would hit harder outside MN Other states are likely to be affected more if the Supreme Court dismantles the health care reform overhaul, but Minnesotans still have reason to pay attention. The high court on Monday begins hearings on a challenge to the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/25/minnesota-health-care-reform?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Supporters, opponents mark anniversary of health care law The second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act brought out a flurry of rallies from those who like - and dislike - President Barack Obama's controversial health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/health-care-rally?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:14:23 -0500 Medication disposal boxes set up in Hennepin County Hennepin County authorities are setting up permanent medication drop-off locations to collect unused and expired prescription drugs - particularly pain medications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/medication-drop-off-boxes?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:06:06 -0600 Mayo Clinic expands into Georgia Rochester-based Mayo Clinic is expanding into the Georgia market for the first time. Mayo is now the parent company of Satilla Regional Health Services, which serves patients in nine southeastern Georgia counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/mayo-clinic-expands-into-georgia?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:08:49 -0600 Health forums to gather Minnesotans' views on reform The Citizens League and the Bush Foundation will be reaching out to gather community views this spring on how Minnesota should carry out health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/health-care-forums-bush-foundation-citizens-league?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:49:43 -0600 Piper Jaffray to remain independent, despite rumors Investment banking firm Piper Jaffray Companies on Thursday responded to speculation about a takeover by saying the company intends to remain independent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/piper-jaffray-to-remain-independent-despite-rumors?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:19:15 -0600 Minn. to turn down $3M in federal grants for health care The Minnesota agency overseeing a key part of the federal health care law says it'll turn down about $3 million in federal grant funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/minnesota-federal-grants?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:26:29 -0600 MN, WI near tax agreement on interstate commuters The agreement will allow residents who live in one state and work in the other to file just a single income tax return beginning next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/minnesota-wisconsin-tax-reciprocity?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:16:48 -0600 Job vacancies up in Minn., state reports Job vacancies were up nearly 48 percent in Minnesota in the final three months of last year compared to the same period in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/minnesota-job-vacancies?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:47:01 -0600 Fiery I-94 crash closes westbound lanes near Hudson Authorities now say the westbound lanes of Interstate 94, just west of Hudson, Wis., could be closed well into Monday afternoon after a tanker truck crashed into a bridge and burst into flames near the Roberts exit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/i-94-crash?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:57:08 -0600 Feds give MN $26M to develop insurance exchange The federal government has awarded Minnesota a $26 million grant to help fund creation of a key part of the federal health care law: the state insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/minnesota-health-insurance-exchange-grant?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:30:49 -0600 Legislative auditor to review HMO process for setting rates Minnesota's legislative auditor says he will seek a new review of the rate-setting process for HMOs providing services to Medicaid patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/audit-hmo-rate?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:17:16 -0600 Dayton welcomes federal investigation of MN Medicaid Gov. Mark Dayton says he welcomes a federal investigation of the state's Medicaid program. The focus of the investigation remains unclear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/dayton-medicaid-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:37:14 -0600 Minnesota groups watch and wait on Obama's health policy compromise Minnesota health plans and religious groups are taking a wait-and-see approach after the Obama administration announced a compromise aimed at stemming the backlash to a controversial health policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/obama-compromise?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:00:55 -0600 Allina name change reflects focus on patients' health Allina Hospitals and Clinics, one of Minnesota's major medical systems, is changing its name to Allina Health, to emphasize overall patient health rather than just treating illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/allina-name-change?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:49:17 -0600 GOP senator knocks Dayton over federal health funds A leading GOP state senator who opposes the federal health care overhaul is accusing the Dayton administration of misusing federal tax dollars to hire staff to build a state insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/gop-senator-dayton-federal-health-care?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:30:38 -0600 Gov. must wait for legislators to act on health exchange, lawmaker says A key GOP Minnesota lawmaker says the state needs legislative authority to establish a health insurance exchange, a central part of the federal health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/health-exchange-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:48:53 -0600 Lawmakers to resume debate over health exchange The debate over a key part of the federal health care overhaul heats up again at the state capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/health-exchange-debate?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 DFLer to introduce state health insurance exchange bill A DFL state lawmaker from Inver Grove Heights says he'll introduce legislation to establish one of the central parts of the federal health care law: a state insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/dfler-to-introduce-state-health-insurance-exchange-bill?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:15:38 -0600 Health plans launch own exchanges ahead of public versions Commercial health insurers are scrambling for position as a key part of the federal health law threatens to upend their marketplace in two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/health-plan-exchanges?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Blue Cross and Blue Shield names new chief Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has named former UnitedHealth Group executive Kenneth Burdick to be its new president and CEO. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/blue-cross-and-blue-shield-names-new-chief-burdick?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:41:50 -0600 Advisory group wants strong community presence in health exchange oversight An advisory task force is pushing for strong consumer and small business representation in the oversight of Minnesota's health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/health-exchange-oversight?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:07:57 -0600 DFLers petition US Supreme Court to uphold health care law More than 50 DFL lawmakers have signed on to an advisory brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/dflers-petition-supreme-court-over-health-care-reform?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:25:15 -0600 Clock ticks for Minn. to develop health exchange The clock is ticking for Minnesota to develop its own health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/24/health-exchange?refid=0 Sat, 24 Dec 2011 16:11:21 -0600 MCCL puts pressure on lawmakers over health exchanges A prominent anti-abortion group is stepping up pressure on legislators to get more involved in planning a Minnesota health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/mccl-health-insurance-exchanges?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:44:04 -0600 Feds choose 3 Minn. health systems for national program The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has chosen three Minnesota health systems to take part in a national program designed to improve patient care while lowering costs to Medicare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/feds-choose-3-minnesota-health-systems-for-national-program?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:00:16 -0600 Health coverage required minimum to be set by states The Obama Administration said it'll give individual states a major role in determining the minimum benefits health insurers must provide under the federal health care law in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/17/states-set-minimal-health-coverage-benefits?refid=0 Sat, 17 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Demand kills early retiree insurance program early A federal program subsidizing the health care costs of retirees not eligible for Medicare will end in about two weeks &mdash; at least a year early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/early-retiree-health-care-program-ending-early?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:06:22 -0600 Minnesota hospitals ahead of curve in safety efforts Minnesota hospitals get a nearly $3 million federal grant to improve safety in the nation's health care centers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/minnesota-hospitals-safety-efforts?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Early retiree health care program almost out of cash A program subsidizing the health care costs of early retirees will run out of money two years early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/early-retiree-health-care-program-almost-out-of-cash?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:39:40 -0600 Allina receives nearly $10 million for end-of-life care project The Robina Foundation will fund a multi-year program designed to better coordinate support for patients in the later stages of illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, and Alzheimer's. The project is aimed at patients who have life expectancies between six months and two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/11/allina-end-of-life-care-study?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Health exchange demonstrations online for public review Prototypes of possible models for Minnesota's health exchanges are now online and will allow consumers to shop for health coverage, compare health plans, and guide eligible residents through the process of applying for public subsidies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/health-exchanges-public-review?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans can test drive health care exchanges starting Monday Minnesotans will be able to test drive the state's future health insurance marketplace when several prototypes of insurance exchanges are made available online Monday for public review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/04/health-exchange-demonstrations?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. to get federal health care funds after all More than $6 million in federal health care funds will come to Minnesota after all. The money was at the heart of a political skirmish between Gov. Mark Dayton and State Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/minn-federal-health-care-funds?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:14:59 -0600 Feds give Minn. $150K to fight Medicare fraud The federal government has given the Minnesota Board on Aging $150,000 to step up efforts to combat Medicare fraud in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/medicare-fraud-grant?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:31:30 -0600 Gov. Dayton, Sen. Hann continue to spar over federal health grants The rancor grows between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP state Sen. David Hann over the use of federal health grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/dayton-hann-federal-health-grants?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:02:13 -0600 Gov. task force meets on improving state health care The Governor's task force to improve Minnesota's health care system met for the first time Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/gov-health-care-task-force?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:09:32 -0600 State task force begins work on crafting health insurance exchange A task force met to begin the job of shaping an insurance exchange for Minnesota. The online marketplaces are a key part of the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/task-force-insurance-exchange?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 GOP lawmakers in tough spot on health care exchange idea State Republican lawmakers are trying to determine their best stance towards the state-based insurance exchanges mandated as part of the health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/gop-lawmakers-health-care-exhange?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton forms health care task force Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order today that establishes a new state task force on health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/dayton-forms-health-care-task-force?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:11:49 -0500 Healthcare rivals' partnership improves patient satisfaction, lowers costs A partnership between two rivals offers a glimpse of the future under a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/rival-healthcare-system-partnership?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:30:00 -0500 Rules released on how federal health care law will work The federal government released much-anticipated rules today about how a centerpiece of the federal health care law will work &mdash; a program intended to spur medical providers into forming Accountable Care Organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/rules-federal-health-care-law?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:38:38 -0500 Appeals court to hear legal challenge to health insurance mandate A legal challenge to President Barack Obama's federal health care law has a major court date Thursday in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/appeals-court-legal-challenge-insurance-mandate?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. hospitals welcome cuts to Medicare, Medicaid restrictions Minnesota's Hospital Association, which represents most of the hospitals in the state, is applauding federal efforts to cut red tape in its Medicare and Medicaid programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/medicare-medicaid-restrictions?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:45:50 -0500 New federal grants could mean more primary doctors in MN's underserved areas Through the federal stimulus and health care laws, 120 health care workers in Minnesota will receive tax free awards of up to $60,000 for serving two years in communities with limited access to health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/federal-grants-primary-care?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:31:24 -0500 Showdown coming in Minn. over health exchanges Health insurance exchanges are one of the pillars of the federal health care overhaul. Under the law, Minnesota, like all states, will eventually have an exchange -- an online marketplace where consumers and small businesses can compare and buy health plans. But there's a battle shaping up over who will design and run it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/02/health-exchanges-minn-showdown?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Feds give Minn. $5M to fight chronic diseases The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding Minnesota nearly $5 million to stem chronic diseases and promote healthier communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/federal-chronic-disease-grant?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:21:17 -0500 Criticism, contention mounts over health insurance exchanges Last month, some state Republican lawmakers criticized the governor for using a $4 million federal grant to prepare for an exchange without consulting the GOP-controlled legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/criticism-contention-health-insurance-exchange?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Feds give Minn. $4M to review health insurance rates The federal government is awarding the Minnesota Commerce Department nearly $4 million to review health insurance rates in individual and small group markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/feds-give-minnesota-four-millions-dollars-to-review-health-insurance-rates?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:36:56 -0500 Fewer people killed this year on Minn. highways As summer travel season comes to a close, we note one positive trend on Minnesota's roadways -- fewer people are dying from motor vehicle crashes. So far, there've been 50 fewer traffic deaths compared to the same time last year, and that year broke a record for fewest fatalities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/traffic-fatalities-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 17:13:17 -0500 Fair's 2011 attendance within 'shouting distance' of record Jerry Hammer, executive vice president of the State Fair says more than 215,000 people came out on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/state-fair-2011-attendance?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 13:35:36 -0500 Mahnomen clinic gets grant for electronic records The Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen, Minn., will receive nearly $300,000 in federal grant funds for an electronic health records system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/mahnomen-county-medical-records?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:16:34 -0500 Feds award Minn. $2M for immunization programs The federal government has awarded Minnesota $2 million to improve public health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/health-care-grant-immunizations?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:44:41 -0500 Congress reconsiders restrictions on flexible spending accounts for health care Congress is considering lifting restrictions on flexible spending accounts and allowing employees to set aside pre-tax earnings to pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/congress-restrictions-flexible-spending-accounts-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Health care orgs. balk at rules in overhaul Clinics in Minnesota and nationwide are impatient for revisions of key regulations in the health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/health-care-orgs-balk-at-rules-in-overhaul?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 New labels help minimize guesswork when choosing healthcare plans Federal rules for insurers aim to help consumers avoid the guesswork of choosing the best health insurance plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/new-rules-help-minimize-guesswork-when-choosing-healthcare-plans?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:06:48 -0500 Loophole could let some health plans escape consumer protection laws Some out-of-state health plans sold through online exchanges could escape consumer protection laws in Minnesota and other states, says a trade group that represents Minnesota health insurance plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/loophole-could-let-some-health-plans-escape-consumer-protection-laws?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:27:05 -0500 Federal grant for disease outbreak prevention The Minnesota health department will get more than $950,000 in federal grants to prevent disease outbreaks and healthcare-related infections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/federal-grant-prevent-disease-outbreak?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:04:38 -0500 Minn. gets $4.2M from feds for health exchange Minnesota is getting $4.2 million to develop a health insurance exchange, a major feature of the federal health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/state-health-care-exchange-grant?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:01:14 -0500 Medical providers benefit from preventive care, lowered costs A physician group practice in St. Louis Park says it can improve patient care while lowering health care costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/health-care-group-cost-control?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:40:52 -0500 Nonprofits help states implement health care reform A program at the University of Minnesota is one of several organizations nationwide that can provide states with technical assistance. And now a major foundation has agreed provide funding so states can have access to that expertise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/shadac-health-care-reform-law?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 16:02:46 -0500 State's hospitals could lose millions through payment loophole Minnesota's Hospital Association said the state's larger hospitals and medical systems could lose millions of dollars through some call a loophole in the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/states-hospitals-could-lose-millions-through-payment-loophole?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 19:46:37 -0500 Proposals submitted to build up state's health exchange Fourteen groups have submitted proposals to build up the state's health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/health-insurance-exchange?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:37:47 -0500 Local groups cheer, criticize requirements on insurers to cover women's services Local groups are responding to the announcement that insurers by 2013 must fully cover the full cost of birth control and other prevention services for women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/local-groups-cheer-criticize-requirements-on-insurers-to-cover-womens-services-?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:00:26 -0500 $3.8B in federal loans available for insurance co-op start-ups The federal health care law is encouraging private groups to form insurance co-operatives by making available $3.8 billion in start-up loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/38b-in-federal-loans-available-for-insurance-startups-?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Grant goes to help nursing programs at Minnesota schools Grant to Minnesota schools will enhance nursing programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/grant-nursing-programs?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:54:32 -0500 Panel recommends full coverage for women's birth control, other services A panel of experts recommends that health plans fully cover birth control and other services to women under the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/panel-women-health-care-coverage?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:38:36 -0500 Health care law encourages collaboration, but anti-trust worries arise A key part of the federal health law encourages providers to band together to share information, streamline patient care, and eliminate waste. But interest groups are currently fighting over rules designed to keep these groups from getting too big and powerful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/health-care-law-anti-trust?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Three clinics to receive federal funding award Three Minnesota clinics will receive nearly half-a-million dollars in federal funding to expand their school-based health centers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/clinics-federal-fund-award?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:49:24 -0500 Minn. health providers worry over possible Medicare cuts Some Minnesota doctors and hospitals are worried they could be targeted for Medicare cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/health-care-reform-ipab?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. experts welcome new soft deadline for health insurance exchanges Minnesota health insurance are busy preparing for health care overhaul, but many are welcoming a proposal to soften deadlines for a cornerstone piece of the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/health-insurance-reform-exchange-deadline?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Complex Medicare savings program faces opposition The Medicare Shared Savings program is intended to help control costs and improve the quality of health care, but many of these medical centers are complaining about red tape and micro-managing in the government's proposed requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/medicaid-shared-savings?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Some employers reboot with 401(k)-modeled health insurance plans As the federal health care overhaul spurs experimentation in the insurance market, some employers are turning to a 401(k)-style plan that gives employees a set amount of money and more decisions to make. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/employer-provided-health-care-changes?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 14:39:49 -0500 Promise and problems arise as health records go online The federal stimulus and health care laws are pushing medical providers to go electronic as a way to improve patient safety and track health care quality. As the profession is increasingly going online, it's finding both promise and problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/health-care-industry-online?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 15:21:51 -0500 Effort to reduce medical errors brings Sebelius to St. Paul U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits a Twin Cities hospital Thursday to highlight an effort to reduce medical errors and related costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/sebelius-stpaul-hospitals?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 07:55:13 -0500 Health coverage 'fact labels' help alleviate consumer confusion Starting next year, the new federal health care law will require insurers to include so-called "coverage facts labels" on policies to help consumers better understand and compare health plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/health-labels?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 04:00:00 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/14/independent-medical-practice?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 New Medicare rules tighten screening for home health care services The federal health care law requires most Medicare patients seeking home health care to meet with a physician or a nurse practitioner face to face, to prove they need those services. It's an attempt to cut down on Medicare fraud. Some doctors, however, may not be ready to comply with the change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/health-care-reform-doctor-patient-visits?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:23:36 -0500 Fairview-Southdale missing records for 1,200 patients Fairview-Southdale hospital can't find medical records and insurance information for 1,200 patients are missing. The records were in a box that may have been lost when a corporate office was moved. No social security numbers were among the records, the hospital says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/recordslost?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:08:00 -0500 Obama challenges hospitals to dramatically cut mistakes, readmissions The Obama administration is calling on hospitals to dramatically cut the number of errors and preventable hospital readmissions by the end of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/reducing-medical-errors?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. hospital tries new health care approach The Obama administration has filled in some of the blanks in a key part of the health care overhaul, proposing rules to define Accountable Care Organizations, which are meant to save hundreds of millions of dollars while improving patient care. The concept is still new, but is getting a tryout in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/accountable-care-health-reform?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:07:31 -0500 Health care reform -- what a difference an election makes President Barack Obama signed health care reform into law one year ago today. But the partisan divide over the issue may be more heated now than it was then. When it comes to carrying out the law's policies in Minnesota, that party divide has also had an obvious impact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/health-care-reform-anniversary?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Health care reform's job impact uncertain The idea that a federal law will eliminate jobs is particularly troublesome at a time when the nation struggles to climb out of a recession and millions are out of work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/health-care-reform-law-jobs-effect?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Obama's health care olive branch to GOP addresses malpractice reform The grants would allow states to set up health courts -- courts where medically-trained judges, not juries -- would decide malpractice cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/health-courts?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 14:00:00 -0600 Minn. gets $1M grant for health insurance exchange Minnesota is getting a $1 million health care grant that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty spurned and new Gov. Mark Dayton sought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/health-care-exchange-grant?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:24:47 -0600 Study: Election surgeries vary widely by region A Dartmouth research study finds wide geographic variation in the rates at which Medicare patients receive elective surgeries in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/elective-surgery?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:25:03 -0600 Jesson tasked with implementing uncertain health care law It's not like Lucinda Jesson needs more to do. She's running Minnesota's largest agency, the Department of Human Services -- a department that comprises nearly 30 percent of the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/lucinda-jesson-medicaid-health-human-services?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 GOP pushes for cross-border health insurance purchases The idea is a core response to the Democrats' federal health care overhaul. States have had the power to regulate insurance within their borders for at least 140 years, but the GOP has introduced a bill that would allow residents to buy health insurance outside of their states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/gop-buy-health-insurance-across-state-lines?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Experts offering alternatives to health care mandate Health care policy experts are kicking around ideas to replace a controversial but critical piece of the health care law -- the individual mandate that all Americans buy insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/07/health-care-alternatives?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 05:56:29 -0600 New Minn. commerce chief takes on application of health insurance reform New Commerce Commissioner Michael Rothman's major project on the health care front is spearheading development of Minnesota's health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/rothman?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Obama opens door to medical malpractice reform President Barack Obama gave a nod to supporters of tort reform during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He said he'd be open to reforming state medical malpractice laws, although he stopped short of supporting federal caps on damage awards -- even though that's what Republicans want. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/tort-reform?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:58:43 -0600 Tax paperwork rule in health care law likely won't survive Under a provision in the health care law, anyone who operates a business will have to file special paperwork with the IRS. But that rule will likely be stricken from the health care law, and with it, $19 billion in funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/1099-provision-health-care-law?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:54:37 -0600 Fries with that? Health reform puts calories on the menu If you eat out, you might start noticing some new information appearing on menus over the next year -- calorie counts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/calorie-counting-restaurant-menus?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. could still get $1M health care grant from feds U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius says Minnesota may still get a $1 million health care grant that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty passed up last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/health-care-grant?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:30:53 -0600 Kline in lead as House set to take on health reform repeal Observers expect the repeal to pass, but if so, it will be largely symbolic, since Democrats still control the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama wields a veto pen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/health-care-reform-repeal-john-kline?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Klobuchar shines a light on medication shortage U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is putting the spotlight on the growing shortage of medications, especially those used for treating cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/klobuchar-chemo-shortage?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:00:26 -0600 Public remains ambivalent over health care reform Experts are debating whether President Obama and Congressional Democrats have done enough to sell the new health law to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/health-care-reform-public-perception?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Battle over health care reform likely to play out in court As long as President Barack Obama wields a White House veto pen, it's unlikely Republicans can succeed in repealing the law health care reform law outright, and that means the battle is likely to play out in the courts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/republicans-health-care-reform-law?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Health care law offers doughnut hole relief on Jan. 1 Beginning Jan. 1, Medicare recipients in Minnesota who hit the annual gap in drug coverage known as the "doughnut hole" will be able to buy their name-brand prescription drugs at half price. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/doughnut-hole-health-care-reform-changes?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Health care reform aims to encourage more cancer screenings The federal health care reform law is designed to encourage people to get colonoscopies and mammograms by removing the financial cost to consumers, but consumers shouldn't assume their screenings will, in fact, be free. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/health-care-cancer-screenings?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:39:22 -0600 Flex spending accounts less flexible under new health law The accounts allow workers to put aside pretax earnings specifically for out-of-pocket heath care expenses, but the federal health care reform law is cutting back on what those accounts will cover and how much workers can put into them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/flexible-spending-accounts-open-enrollment?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:06:00 -0600 Interests grapple over birth control in health care law Several medical and women's groups say women should have access to free birth control, but the Catholic church is fighting the idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/health-care-reform-birth-control?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Minn's John Kline will lead GOP efforts to undo health care reform The Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives means Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline will hold a key position in efforts to dismantle the federal health reform law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/election-folo-health-care-reform?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:26:35 -0500 Changes to health care bring added stress to hospital administrators Imagine trying to run a business where lives are at stake, costs are rising, and revenues aren't keeping up -- all in the middle of a severe recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/stressed-health-admins?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:54:01 -0500 Health reform forces small-town hospital to look for partner A tiny hospital in New Prague, Minn., has decided it can no longer operate independently under the new federal health reform law. Queen of Peace hospital is looking to join a larger health system to ensure its survival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/hospital-merger?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:41:35 -0500 Pawlenty does about-face on insurance exchange idea Gov. Tim Pawlenty repeated his opposition Friday to so-called "insurance exchanges," a key piece of health care reform. That's a reversal from 2007, when Pawlenty proposed his own insurance exchange program for Minnesota businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/pawlenty-health-exchanges?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:56:34 -0500 Health orgs defy Pawlenty, send reform report to D.C. Three Minnesota health care organizations defied Gov. Tim Pawlenty on an issue related to health care reform by releasing a report to the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/pawlenty-health-care-reform-report?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 21:23:04 -0500 Other companies may follow 3M's lead on retiree health care 3M recently announced it would change its coverage for retirees, but some experts say the number of companies that offered health benefits for retired employees was already falling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/healthcare-for-retirees?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 16:50:58 -0500 Grants expanding training programs for doctors, nurses Hennepin County Medical Center will receive nearly $2 million in federal money to expand its residency program for primary care doctors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/hennepin-grant-doctors?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:48:53 -0500 Minn. could still get insurance study grants that Pawlenty nixed Pawlenty may not have the last word on whether Minnesota gets the discretionary grant; he is not open to applying for the federal money, but his successor very well could be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/health-insurance-exchange-grants?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Blue Cross, HealthPartners suspend some health plan sales Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Bloomington-based HealthPartners say they haven't gotten the state approval they need to sell individual coverage plans that comply to new federal healthcare regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/health-care-blue-cross?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 07:04:11 -0500 HMOs wait for details of health care reform's changes Leaders of three Minnesota health maintenance organizations agree on one thing: the biggest challenge they face is planning for the law's reforms when the government is still ironing out the details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/hmo-health-care-reform-effects?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Health reform brings renewed attention to 'shared decision' programs One of the changes the federal health reform law calls for programs that increase the collaboration between physicians and patients through what's called, "shared decision-making," and it's already playing out at a clinic in Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/shared-decision-making?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. officials visiting Germany to learn health insurance system A delegation of Minnesota health care providers, academics, and government officials go to Berlin next week to learn about Germany's health insurance system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/health-delegation-germany?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 14:00:51 -0500 Candidates weigh state's participation in health reform While none of the three candidates for governor is calling for the across-the-board rejection of federal health care funding like Gov. Tim Pawlenty they aren't saying the state should accept any and all federal funding either. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/governors-race-health-care-reform?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Critics watching closely Pawlenty's decision on health care grants Gov. Tim Pawlenty has to decide Wednesday whether to apply for a million-dollar grant that's available under the health care reform law, and a lot of Minnesotans will be watching what he does. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/pawlenty-health-care-grant?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Health sector airs concerns over reform law at seminar Many attendees at a discussion in Minneapolis on Monday about how health reform legislation will affect their businesses left with even more questions after finding out the law's details are still evolving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/health-care-seminar?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:16:07 -0500 DFL lawmakers upset Pawlenty didn't apply for $1M grant Some DFL lawmakers say they're frustrated that Gov. Tim Pawlenty decided not to apply for a $1 million grant under the new federal health care reform law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/no-million-dollar-grant?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:32:18 -0500 AARP in MOA teaches health reform The new health care reform has been in law for more than three months, but a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found confusion about the law remains widespread -- and AARP in the Mall of America is trying help people understand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/aarp-health-care-reform?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Will preventive services lower health care costs? Medicare will also make changes in January, to cover many preventive services at 100 percent. But it's not clear that more preventive services will lower the cost of health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/preventative-services?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 18:32:22 -0500 Feds award $3M grant to local OB/GYN for research The federal Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $3 million grant to a Fairview Southdale physician to head research into improving the safety of births and reducing medical malpractice claims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/federal-grant?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:31:58 -0500 McCollum holds forum for seniors on health care law Fourth District DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum spoke about the new health care law's benefits for seniors at a St. Paul Senior Center Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/mccollum-holds-health-care-forum?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 16:02:24 -0500 Sebelius tours Mayo Clinic; touts health care reform law Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says Minnesota will receive significant federal funding from the new health care law. Sebelius was in Rochester Thursday, touring the Mayo Clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/sebelius-mayovisit?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 16:03:02 -0500 Medicare discrepancies hang over Sebelius' Mayo visit Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's visit to the Mayo Clinic today comes after a recent report that Minnesota will receive money earmarked for states which provide low-cost, high-value health care. But just how much money Minnesota will receive is far from certain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/sebelius-medicare-discrepancies?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Health reform law extends, enhances adoption credit Tucked into the 2,000-page federal health care law is a provision designed to help parents defray some of the costs of adoption. The law increases the federal adoption tax credit by about $1,000, and extends the program for another year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/23/adoptioncredit?refid=0 Sun, 23 May 2010 15:52:20 -0500 Small businesses eligible for expanded health insurance credits The U.S. Health and Human Services Department says the new health care law will allow some small businesses to claim tax credits for more than traditional health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/smallbiz-healthcare?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 15:32:17 -0500 United Hospital settles Medicare overcharge claim United Hospital of St. Paul has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice nearly $430,000 to settle claims it overcharged the Medicare program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/united-deal?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 10:50:47 -0500 Health care law helps businesses provide coverage for early retirees Employers that provide health insurance to early retirees can begin applying for money next month under the new federal health care law. That program aims to encourage employers to continue providing health care benefits to employees that retire early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/healthinsurance-retirees?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 16:35:45 -0500 Divided court cites timing in unallotment decision Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Eric Magnuson called Pawlenty's action "unlawful and void." That was the decision's bottom line, but it was far from a clean, unanimous one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/supreme-court-unallotment-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 19:46:40 -0500 Pawlenty opts out of federal, high-risk insurance pool Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Minnesota will opt out of running one of the first programs to take effect under the new federal health care law. The state already has a high-risk insurance pool, but the premiums in the federal program are expected to cost consumers less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/high-risk-poll?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 17:18:51 -0500 Minnesota opts out of federal health insurance program Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Minnesota will opt out of running one of the first programs to take effect under the new health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/healthcare-optout?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:43:22 -0500 Seniors will see $250 checks to cover Medicare Part D gap Beginning this fall, some senior citizens will start getting $250 checks as a result of the new federal health care law. The rebate will go to seniors who are enrolled in Medicare's Part D prescription drug plan and have hit the coverage gap known as the "doughnut hole." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/medicare-part-d-doughnut-hole?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Law allows young adults to stay on parents' insurance until age 26 For many young people, graduating from high school or college means losing their health insurance coverage, but the new health care law will allow them to stay on their parents' insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/young-adults-parents-health-insurance?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 AARP answers Minnesotans health care law questions AARP held a statewide telephone town hall meeting with its members. One member asked about how Medicare will be able to save $500 billion during the next decade as the law requires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/aarp-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:23:56 -0500 UnitedHealth finds partners to aid diabetes prevention Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group is partnering with YMCAs and Walgreens across the country to prevent and control type 2 diabetes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/unitedhealth-diabetes-prevention?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:13:25 -0500 Swanson's office reviewing legal challenge to health care law Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says her office is reviewing the legal issues surrounding a constitutional challenge to the new health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/health-care-challenge?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:49:56 -0500 Rep. Peterson cites coverage disparity in health care 'no' vote Rep. Collin Peterson says he voted against the health care bill in part because it doesn't cover as many uninsured people in his district compared to the nationwide average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/peterson-health-care-no?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Rep. Peterson says health bill's coverage of some areas lacking Minnesota 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson's office says he voted against the health care bill in part because it would only cover about half the uninsured people in his district compared to the nationwide average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/peterson-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:15:51 -0500 Health care reform hampered by shortage of primary care doctors A key part of the health care overhaul is to insure at least 30 million more Americans. But there may not be enough primary care doctors to treat them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/healthcare-doctors?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:47:53 -0500 Health care reform: What's at stake for Minnesota? Democratic lawmakers will be meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow -- the eve of a crucial vote on his health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/minnesota-health-care-reform-stake?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 17:57:44 -0500 Fact-checking the new health care overhaul TV ads aimed at Minn. National special interest groups that oppose the Democrats' attempt to push forward with health care reform are firing another round of TV ads, with one tailored to Minnesota, above. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/new-round-of-tv-ads?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:45:48 -0600 Magnuson's tenure as chief justice short, but eventful During his two years at the helm of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Eric Magnuson has dealt with an ongoing series of budget cuts, the U.S. Senate recount, and an upcoming case challenging the governor's budget-cutting authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/magnuson-leaving-supreme-court?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:15:38 -0600 Most Minn. Dems ready to reconcile health care reform President Barack Obama is pushing Democrats to pass a health care bill in the next few weeks. Some critics view the reconciliation process as an end-run around Republican opposition, but supporters note it's the same one the Bush Administration used to pass tax cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/mn-demorcrats-health-care-reform?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Kline advocates insurance pools for small businesses U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., told President Obama Thursday that allowing small businesses to pool together to buy insurance is a better idea than a health insurance exchange that the president supports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/kline-summit?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:19:03 -0600 Minnesotans, like politicians, disagree over health care bill As President Barack Obama tries to kick start health care reform in a bi-partisan summit Thursday, Minnesotan's hopes and dreams for what they would like to see in the bill are similar to politicians hopes for the same legislation: varied. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/minnesota-health-care-summit?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Minn. medical experts mixed on health care legislation The President holds a bi-partisan health care summit Thursday in hopes of bringing new life to overhauling the health care system. That legislation stalled last month when Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/24/health-care-summit?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 06:12:36 -0600 Plan to block health insurance rate hikes may not impact Minn. A proposition in President Obama's new health care reform plan would allow the government to block health insurance rate hikes, but the measure's impact in Minnesota, if it were to take effect, could be minimal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/health-insurance-rate-hikes-may-?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:26:20 -0600 To buy or not to buy health insurance across state lines One health care reform idea being floated by Republicans is to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. It's an idea Gov. Tim Pawlenty echoed in his State of the State address last week. There's a debate over the merits of that idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/healthcare-outofstate?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 14:38:08 -0600 Swanson says companies deceived 4,600 Minnesotans over health coverage Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is taking up lawsuits against two health coverage companies she alleges dealt dishonestly with customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/health-deceit?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:05:56 -0600 House set to vote on insurance anti-trust exemption The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote later this week on whether to repeal a decades-long anti-trust exemption for health insurance companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/health-insurance-anti-trust-exemption?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Experts look at saving the health care bill One health care expert is proposing a plan that combines passing one of the most popular elements of the original health care bill while eliminating one of the most unpopular elements. But some wonder how that would add up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/health-care-plan?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:39:28 -0600 Health care debate: Views from Minnesota With the loss of the Senate's filibuster-proof majority as a result of the Senate race in Massachusetts, Minnesota observers assess whether the health care bill has gone from a sure thing to dead on arrival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/healthcare-localreax?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:44:35 -0600 Groups argue key parts of health care bill unconstitutional Even before the House and Senate health care bills are merged into one, opponents are threatening legal action. Several groups argue that at least two key parts of health care reform are unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/health-care-bill-issues?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Storm turns holiday travel dangerous in Midwest Weather forecasters say the Twin Cities caught a break in the holiday snow storm but other areas of the state haven't been so fortunate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/24/holiday-weather?refid=0 Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Health care reforms's effects on a Twin Cities clinic If you own a small business or work for one, you should be paying attention to the health care overhaul bills. Some provisions that directly affect small businesses include: tax credits, tax increases and penalties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/health-care-reform-small-business-bhsi?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 19:42:06 -0600 The health care overhaul's effects on one Twin Cities small business Small businesses are a major driver of the U.S. economy, and MPR asked a national health care economist to analyze the impact of the proposed health care overhaul on a Twin Cities business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/health-insurance-small-business?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Racial disparities a concern in health debate Compared to white Americans, African Americans are more likely to die from illnesses such as heart disease and other maladies. Val Jenson, above, says racial disparities are something she hopes will be addressed as Congress debates health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/racial-disparities-healthcare?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Will health care reform help keep people healthy? Public health experts argue that one of the best ways to lower America's health care bills is to keep people from getting sick in the first place. The health care reform bills being debated in Congress take some steps toward doing that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/26/healthypeople?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Health care bill would address Medicare 'doughnut hole' Since 2006, senior citizens have been able to choose plans for Medicare prescription drug coverage, but that coverage contains a gap known as the "doughnut hole," a gap that health care reform plans being debated in Congress would address. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/medicare-doughnut-hole?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 The House health care bill and Minnesota The House passed its version of health care reform on Saturday, and certain elements of the bill may affect how things are done in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/health-care-bill-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Health care bill with 'public option' nears vote in House A vote on the House version of the health care overhaul bill, which includes a so-called "public option," could come this weekend, and supporters believe the alternative would inject more competition into the health insurance market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/health-care-publicoption?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 14:45:24 -0600 AARP endorses House's health care bill AARP, a group that represents 40 million seniors, Thursday endorsed the House health care reform bill. The endorsement comes two days before House members are expected to vote on the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/aarp-healthbill-endorsement?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 13:57:29 -0600 Effects of cuts to Medicare unclear for Minnesotans For seniors like Virginia Hanson of St. Louis Park, navigating Medicare is confusing enough. Recent TV ads warning of cuts to the program are adding to the confusion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/medicare-cuts-issues?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fighting health care fraud a difficult battle The Obama administration has talked about stepping up efforts to investigate health care fraud to recoup nearly $3 billion as a way to help pay for health care reform, but rooting out improper health care spending and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid is not easy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/medicare-medicaid-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Latest health reform bill to address insurance 'age rating' The idea of charging older people more for health insurance didn't begin with reform -- it's already happening -- and the latest version of health care reform bill set for a Senate committee vote on Tuesday aims to limit how much more insurance companies can charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/age-rating-insurance?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Mandate might be key to reform, but not all can afford insurance Proposals have been floated ranging from a tax on medical device makers to one on high priced insurance plans, but economists say the key to paying for reform is requiring everyone to buy insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/health-insurance-reform-mandate?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 03:30:00 -0500 Mayo says Medicare changes needed in Obama plan President Obama's speeches on reforming America's health care system frequently invoke Mayo Clinic as a model for the rest of the nation to emulate, but the Mayo Clinic doesn't support Obama's plan as it currently stands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/mayo-obama-reimburse?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 13:50:47 -0500 Groups dispute Obama's abortion statements People on all sides of the abortion debate are weighing in on President Obama's health care reform plan and the belief that it could use taxpayer money to pay for abortions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/health-care-reform-abortions?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Appeals court upholds judge's decision to ID visitors The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a Ramsey County judge's decision that required visitors to identify themselves to deputy sheriffs before being allowed into the courtroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/id-court-visitors?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 15:00:07 -0500 Court: Fleeing police in a car is not a violent crime A split federal appeals court has ruled that fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle does not qualify as a violent crime in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/appealscourt?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:46:56 -0500 DOJ grant helps tribal families who flee violence The Department of Justice is awarding $500,000 to the Minneapolis American Indian Center to assist tribal families who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/grant-american-indian-women-domestic-violence?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 11:59:38 -0500 Appeals Court says county must pay lawyer's bill The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a Rice County judge's decision to appoint a private attorney for a parent in a child protection case and have the county pay for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/appeals-court-attorney-bill?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 16:26:34 -0500 Court to hear LLC owner's discrimination case The Minnesota Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether the owner of a limited liability company can personally sue another business for discriminating against her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/supreme-court-llc?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:37:20 -0500 Strike Force problems prompt review of seizure laws Minnesota legislators say they will review the state's forfeiture laws in response to recent reports that found Metro Gang Strike Force members improperly took valuables and kept them for their personal use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/forfeiture-laws-review?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Eden Prairie restaurant sues McDonald's over slogan The Lions Tap, a longtime Eden Prairie hamburger parlor, is suing McDonald's for infringing on what the Lions Tap says is its trademark phrase, "Who's your patty?" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/mcdonalds-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:45:35 -0500 Minnesota's U.S. Attorney appointed to key advisory role U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has tapped Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones for a powerful position within the Department of Justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/eric-holder-appointment?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:04:41 -0500 Gang strike force fallout raises new questions As the FBI continues its investigation into the now defunct Metro Gang Strike Force, questions linger about prosecutions related to those cases and how jurors view police testimony in future cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/gang-strike-force?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:44:59 -0500 Former Vikings players suing NFL over images Several retired former Minnesota Vikings players are suing the NFL for using their names, images and likenesses without permission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/nfl-players-sue?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 17:47:34 -0500 Tyesha Edwards' killer gets new sentence A gang member convicted a second time in the shooting death of an 11-year-old Minneapolis girl will get a new sentence. But that sentence change won't allow him to get out of prison any time soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/tyesha-edwardscase?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:28:33 -0500 High court upholds mortgage lenders' registry The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled 6-1 that the Mortgage Electronic Registration System, or MERS, did not violate Minnesota law by failing to disclose which lenders actually owned a homeowner's mortgage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/mers-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:49:54 -0500 Do-it-yourself litigators get a hand from state One of the results of the bad economy is that fewer people can afford lawyers, making Minnesota's virtual self-help program an attractive option for the rising number of people representing themselves in court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/court-self-help?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Attorney in Coleman donor suit disputes committee's findings Attorneys in a lawsuit involving one of Republican Norm Coleman's campaign donors say a Texas oil drilling company's special litigation committee did not conduct a thorough investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/coleman-donor-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:38:20 -0500 Attorney: Probe finds no merit to Coleman donor allegations A Texas oil drilling company's special litigation committee has cleared former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman of any wrongdoing in a lawsuit involving one of Coleman's campaign donors, according to an attorney in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/kazeminy-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:18:35 -0500 Senate confirms Jones as U.S. attorney for Minn. The U.S. Senate has confirmed Minneapolis attorney B. Todd Jones as the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, a position he held during the Clinton administration from 1998-2001. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/jonesconfirmed?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 11:35:10 -0500 Students with criminal past to be told which careers are off-limits Under a new law, schools have to tell students that if they have criminal convictions, they should check to make sure those convictions don't bar them from getting internships, degrees or even particular jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/new-law-restrictions?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Two years later, a 35W bridge survivor reflects on the tragedy Lindsay Petterson was one of the people who was on the bridge when it collapsed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/lindey-petterson?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:02:21 -0500 Appeals court rejects challenge to lawmakers' per diem The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that increases in per diem payments to state lawmakers don't violate the state Constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/perdiem-ruling?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:17:28 -0500 Secrecy blurs role of grand juries in legal system Grand juries are in the news a lot, but few people actually know what happens when they meet. In fact, secrecy is one of the requirements of a grand jury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/grand-juries?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Judge says imams booted from flight can sue police A Minneapolis judge ruled today that a law passed in part to scuttle a lawsuit by six Muslim imams detained at the Minneapolis airport doesn't give law enforcement officers immunity from being sued for violating the Constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/imams-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:31:32 -0500 Study: Mental health courts showing positive results A study of four criminal mental health courts in the U.S., including one in Hennepin County, shows some promising results, according to New York-based policy research group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/mental_health_courts?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 13:10:35 -0500 Studies show women of color struggle to rise in law firms If confirmed, Sonia Sotomayor would be the first woman of color to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, two studies found women of color have little chance of rising to the most powerful ranks in law firms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/women_attorneys?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Judge approves breathalyzer settlement A judge has approved a settlement between the state of Minnesota and the company that manufactures the Intoxilyzer alcohol breath-test machine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/dwi_challenge?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 13:38:29 -0500 Moussaoui gets new appeals court hearing A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va. has ordered new appellate arguments for a convicted terrorist with Twin Cities ties, Zacarias Moussaoui. One of the judges that heard his appeal had to retire due to illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/moussoaui_hearing?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:03:26 -0500 FBI confirms link between terror indictments, missing Somalis A federal grand jury has indicted two men on terrorism charges in connection with the ongoing investigation of about 20 missing Somali-American men from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/terror_indictment?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Warsame sentenced to 92 months in prison A terror suspect who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide support to al-Qaida was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/warsame_sentence?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 12:16:45 -0500 Domestic abuse among elders remains a hidden problem We've heard of children and caregivers physically exploiting seniors, but it turns out that abuse between partners and spouses is also substantial--and a largely hidden problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/later_life_abuse?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Franken 'thrilled' over victory in Minnesota's long-running Senate race Democrat Al Franken, accompanied by his wife, told reporters outside his downtown Minneapolis home this afternoon that "Franni and I are so thrilled that we can finally celebrate this victory." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/supcoruling_senate?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:06:39 -0500 Chief justice: Budget cuts could have been worse, but still hurt Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson says the state of the judiciary right now is "OK." Magnuson says legislative budget cuts could have been much worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/state_of_the_judiciary?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 13:47:39 -0500 Supreme Court reprimands Dakota County Attorney The Minnesota Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded and fined Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/dakota_county_attorney?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:31:17 -0500 Professor won't be allowed to represent Warsame A federal judge in Minneapolis has denied a Twin Cities' law professor's request to represent terror suspect Mohamed Warsame, because the professor hasn't taken Minnesota's bar exam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/law_professor_warsame?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 15:51:52 -0500 Court: Invasion of privacy doesn't require large audience A Minnesota Court of Appeals panel has held that a person whose private information is posted on the Internet may sue for invasion of privacy, regardless of how many people actually see it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/myspace_privacy_case?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:49:43 -0500 Minnesota State Bar to weigh in on attorney's fee change The Minnesota State Bar Association will weigh in this week on whether attorney registration fees, for the first time, should help fund the public defender system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/state_bar_fees?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:10:16 -0500 Judge strikes down St. Paul billboard restriction A federal judge has struck down a St. Paul ordinance that banned extensions on all billboards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/st_paul_billboard_extension?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:02:48 -0500 Defense attorneys want broader access to breathalyzer code A group of defense attorneys says a settlement allowing access to breathalyzer source code doesn't go far enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/defense_attorneys_fighting_breathalyzer_decision?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:46:40 -0500 Court rules medical residents must pay FICA taxes A federal appeals court says the stipends of medical school resident physicians are subject to FICA taxes, in a case originating with the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/fica_ruling?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:15:33 -0500 Coleman ordered to pay Franken $95,000 in legal fees A three-judge panel has ordered Norm Coleman to pay Al Franken nearly $95,000 related to Coleman's lawsuit over the still-unresolved U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/coleman_franken_legal_fees?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:08:41 -0500 Court says judges must avoid appearance of bias A former state Supreme Court chief justice says today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on judicial campaign contributions is good news for Minnesota's judicial system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/supco_ethics?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 11:57:59 -0500 Cirrus ordered to pay $14 million due to fatal plane crash An Itasca County jury has ordered Cirrus Design and the University of North Dakota to pay $14.5 million to the families of two men who were killed in 2003, when their Cirrus plane crashed in north central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/cirrus_verdict?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 13:06:36 -0500 Obama picks former U.S. attorney Jones for the same job President Barack Obama has nominated B. Todd Jones as the next U.S. Attorney for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/usattorney_nomination?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 16:44:19 -0500 Senate outcome in Supreme Court's hands Nearly seven months after Minnesotans cast their ballots in a Senate election, the state's unresolved race -- the longest running recount in Minnesota history -- is now in the hands of five state Supreme Court justices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/senate_outcome_in_supreme_courts_hands?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 10:10:43 -0500 Coleman appeal heads to state's highest court Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate battle reaches another milestone Monday when the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the election contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/ballot_appeal?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 15:59:22 -0500 Minn. judge finds hope in former Soviet courts A number of Minnesota judges have traveled to foreign countries to help other nations build independent court systems. The most recent was Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson who just returned from two former eastern bloc nations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/foreign_justice?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Warsame pleads guilty in deal with government A former Minneapolis man who's been imprisoned for more than five years awaiting trial on terrorism charges has struck a plea deal with the U.S. government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/warsame_pleads_guilty?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 16:51:19 -0500 Coleman argues more ballots should be presumed valid Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate race took another step toward a potential conclusion today as Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys filed their remaining paperwork with the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/coleman_finalbrief?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 14:19:51 -0500 Dakota County attorney reprimanded for unprofessional conduct A lawyers ethics board wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to publicly reprimand and fine a long-time Twin Cities county attorney for unprofessional conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/backstrom_reprimand?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 12:15:28 -0500 Franken files arguments in Senate recount trial Democrat Al Franken's attorneys called on the Minnesota Supreme Court today to uphold a ruling that declared Franken the winner of Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/franken_files_arguments_in_senate_recount_trial?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 15:21:34 -0500 Court upholds sentence for man who killed cop in chase The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the 40-year prison sentence for a South Dakota man who led police on a high speed chase on I-35, which left a Lino Lakes police officer dead and another man severely injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/court_upholds_sentence_police_chase?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 13:45:21 -0500 Minn. terror suspect seeks release A Minneapolis man held on terror charges for more than five years is asking to be released as he awaits trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/warsame_motions?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 14:34:59 -0500 Attorneys for alleged terror supporter want to talk to al-Qaeda members Defense attorneys will ask a federal judge in a terrorism case being heard in Minneapolis today to allow them to talk to high-ranking al-Qaeda members held in U.S. custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/warsame_al_qaeda_members?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 07:56:20 -0500 Coleman asks Supreme Court to count more Senate votes Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys filed paperwork with the state Supreme Court asking it to order the three-judge panel to count more rejected absentee ballots or say no one won the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/coleman_brief?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:50:28 -0500 Court allows challenge to breathalyzer's reliability The state Supreme Court says people charged with drunk driving have a right to a breathalyzer's source code, but only if they can prove it will aid their defense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/court_allows_challenge_to_breathalizers_reliability?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 12:34:29 -0500 Feds target cocaine ring in Minnesota and Texas A federal grand jury in Minneapolis has indicted more than two dozen people from Minnesota and Texas in an alleged cocaine trafficking ring tied to the Mexican-based Gulf Cartel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/cocainebust?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 13:58:19 -0500 TSA not required to release 'sensitive' information in imam case The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it doesn't have to release sensitive information for a federal case in Minnesota -- at least not yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/tsa_imam_case?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 18:41:19 -0500 Appeals panel: Court erred in 3M age bias case The state Court of Appeals has reversed a Ramsey County judge's decision to certify a class-action, age discrimination lawsuit against 3M. The case concerns nearly 5,000 current and former 3M employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/3m_appealruling?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:12:07 -0500 Supreme Court recount timeline called reasonable Minnesota will head into summer without a second U.S. senator under the Supreme Court's schedule for hearing Republican Norm Coleman's appeal. While the timeline might seem long, legal observers say it's reasonable considering the gravity of the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/coleman_franken_appeal_date_pushed_back?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:00:21 -0500 Court upholds murder conviction The state Supreme Court has upheld a Hennepin County murder conviction in which the lead prosecutor was unauthorized to practice law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/court_upholds_murder_conviction?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 13:43:58 -0500 Franken asks high court to hurry with Coleman's appeal Lawyers for Democrat Al Franken have asked the state Supreme Court to speed up Republican Norm Coleman's appeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/franken_coleman_appeal_fast_track?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:28:46 -0500 Coleman files Supreme Court appeal Republican Norm Coleman's lawyers filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court Monday afternoon, seeking to overturn last week's ruling by a three-judge panel that found Democrat Al Franken received more legal votes than Coleman in November's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/coleman_supcoappeal?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:16:20 -0500 Coleman faces uphill battle in appeal case Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys say they'll file an appeal with the state Supreme Court early next week. This comes in response to the ruling on Monday by the three-judge panel that heard Coleman's senate election contest. But what are Coleman's prospects? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/coleman_appeal_battle?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Coleman's next stop: Minnesota Supreme Court Republican Norm Coleman says he will appeal a three-judge panel's ruling that Democrat Al Franken was the top vote-getter in Minnesota's 2008 U.S. Senate election. The next stop for the case will be the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/coleman_nextstep?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 23:19:39 -0500 Coleman's odds of winning shrink with new ballot tally While vowing to press ahead, Republican Norm Coleman's re-election fortunes slid further in reverse Tuesday as Democrat Al Franken widened his lead to 312 votes in the Minnesota Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/recounttrial?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 16:00:05 -0500 Court ruling makes Coleman win unlikely It's looking less likely that Republican Norm Coleman will surpass Democrat Al Franken's 225-vote lead in Minnesota's long-running race for U.S. Senate. The three-judge panel hearing Coleman's election contest says it will consider opening and counting at most only 400 absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/trial_ruling?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Panel's order a setback for Coleman Attorneys for Republican Norm Coleman said Tuesday they're preparing for an appeal after a three-judge panel hearing the recount trial said it would review a maximum of 400 absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/recountruling?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:37:07 -0500 Coleman appeal could play constitutional wild card Many Republicans are urging Norm Coleman to appeal if the three-judge panel rules against him in his Senate recount trial against Al Franken. The appeal could hinge on equal protection language in the U.S. Constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/equalprotection?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Coleman attorney eyes appeal Republican Norm Coleman's attorney told a Twin Cities radio station this week that Coleman will probably end up with fewer votes than Al Franken when the three-judge panel rules in Coleman's election contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/friedberg_recount?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:00:26 -0500 Recount case in the hands of the judges The fate of Minnesota's vacant U.S. Senate seat is now in the hands of a three-judge panel. Attorneys for both Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken spent the day summing up why they believe they have more votes in the contested election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/recount_closing?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 11:42:43 -0500 Senate trial closing arguments in sight After nearly seven weeks of trial, attorneys in Republican Norm Coleman's election contest will present their closing arguments Friday before a three-judge panel. Thursday, Democrat Al Franken's lawyers called their last witnesses and rested their case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/senate_trial?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Recount trial delayed by weather Lawyers for Democrat Al Franken won't be able to rest their case as planned today in Republican Norm Coleman's election contest, because one of their last witnesses couldn't travel to St. Paul from northwestern Minnesota because of yesterday's snowstorm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/franken_norest?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:00:33 -0500 Franken to rest case in Senate recount trial After seven weeks of the Senate recount trial, attorneys for Democrat Al Franken plan to call their final witnesses to the stand tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/10/frankenrests?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:37:22 -0500 Court rejects Franken petition for election certificate Minnesota's Supreme Court on Friday blocked Democrat Al Franken's petition for an election certificate that would put him in the U.S. Senate without waiting for a lawsuit to run its course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/coleman_1725_rejected_votes_should_be_counted?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 12:38:48 -0600 Franken confident he'll win Minnesota Senate trial Democrat Al Franken says he's confident that he'll win the Minnesota Senate election trial, but he's not ruling out an appeal if he doesn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/04/franken_confident_hell_win_minnesota_senate_trial?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:04:47 -0600 As Coleman rests his case, we recap the trial so far The overarching theme of Coleman's case, presented over the past five weeks, was to get in as many previously rejected ballots as possible, to erase Democrat Al Franken's 225-vote recount lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/trial_monday?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:13:17 -0600 Coleman witness removed from the stand again Democrat Al Franken's legal team today asked the three-judge panel hearing Republican Norm Coleman's election contest to throw out one of Coleman's major claims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/27/senate_friday?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 11:41:45 -0600 Judges order opening of 1,500 absentee ballot envelopes The three-judge panel hearing Republican Norm Coleman's election contest has ordered local election officials to open about 1,500 absentee ballot envelopes to look for voter registration cards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/judges_order_opening_of_1500_absentee_ballot_envelopes?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:17:58 -0600 Testimony of election officials continues in Senate trial A Scott County election official resumes testifying this morning in Republican Norm Coleman's Senate election contest about how her county processed absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/testimonies_of_elections_officials_continue_in_senate_trial?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 04:00:00 -0600 Court tries to streamline election contest The recount trial picked has speed today after the three-judge panel hearing the case limited the types of rejected absentee ballots that might be counted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/court_tries_to_streamline_election_contest?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 10:49:30 -0600 Coleman lawyers ask judges to reconsider ruling Testimony resumes Tuesday in Republican Norm Coleman's election contest as a Wright County official explains how that county processed ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/recounttrial?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 03:43:27 -0600 Coleman, Franken clash over absentee considerations Lawyers for Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman took widely opposing views on which standard the three-judge panel hearing the Senate election case should use to count absentee ballots. The court held a special hearing Thursday on streamlining the number of ballots under consideration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/coleman_franken_clash_over_absentee_considerations?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:00:37 -0600 U.S. Senate recount panel could make moves to shorten trial The three-judge panel announced it will change the court schedule for the next three days in hopes of streamlining the election contest trial between Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/senate_recount_trial_day14?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:16:46 -0600 Three-judge panel to rule on absentee ballot categories The three-judge panel hearing Republican Norm Coleman's election contest holds a hearing Thursday on a move that could shorten the trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/threejudge_panel_to__rule_on_absentee_ballot_categories?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 17:58:03 -0600 Recount judges order count of 23 rejected ballots The three-judge panel in Republican Norm Coleman's recount trial have ordered that 23 rejected absentee ballots be opened and counted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/recounttrial?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 18:00:00 -0600 Elections officials describe counting errors An Anoka County elections manager says her county found three more ballots that appear to be for Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/recount_trial?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 06:39:37 -0600 Recount trial continues, one ballot at a time Attorneys for Norm Coleman spent the morning going through ballots, one by one, with Washington County top election official. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/senate_recount_contest_trial?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:34:59 -0600 Recount trial judges limit Coleman's absentee request In a key ruling, the three-judge panel hearing Minnesota's senate election contest says it will allow Republican Norm Coleman's campaign to introduce about 4,800 rejected absentee ballots into the trial for consideration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/03/senate_recount_contest_trial_day7?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 11:02:39 -0600 Coleman election contest begins second week Republican Norm Coleman's election contest begins its second week in court today in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/coleman_contest?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 06:54:20 -0600 Election official's testimony to continue in recount trial Minnesota's Deputy Secretary of State resumes testifying this morning about the history and details of the Senate recount process. It marks the fourth day of the trial in Republican Norm Coleman's Senate election contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/election_officials_testimony_to_continue_in_recount_trial?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Panel hears absentee voters testify A half-dozen voters whose absentee ballots were rejected testified in the second day of Republican Norm Coleman's election contest trial Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/senate_trial_day_2?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 07:44:22 -0600 Judges request Coleman team to resubmit evidence Day two of Republican Norm Coleman's election contest trial gets underway this morning, but it's unclear what will actually happen. That's because Monday's testimony took a peculiar turn when the three-judge panel stopped the Coleman campaign from entering into evidence copies of absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/judges_request_coleman_team_to_resubmit_evidence?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 19:57:58 -0600 The origin of the three-judge panel The law calling for an appointed three-judge panel to decide Minnesota election contests became law in 1986, but its roots date back to the 1960s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/25/threejudge_sidebar?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2009 20:13:20 -0600 Recount trial begins Nearly three months after Election Day, opening statements begin Monday afternoon in a trial that is sure to go down as a major chapter in Minnesota election history. Republican Norm Coleman is contesting the Senate election that put Democrat Al Franken ahead by a mere 225 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/25/recounttrial_preview?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2009 20:00:00 -0600 Panel hears motion in Coleman-Franken dispute A three judge panel heard arguments this afternoon on Democrat Al Franken's move to dismiss Republican Norm Coleman's Senate election contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/three_judge_panel_hears_motion_in_senate_dispute?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:53:02 -0600 Arguments today on motion to dismiss election contest A three-judge panel hears arguments today on Democrat Al Franken's move to dismiss the Senate election contest filed by Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/three_judge_panel?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 07:28:02 -0600 Recount trial gets underway next week The court proceedings into Republican Norm Coleman's election lawsuit will begin next Wednesday. Attorneys for the Coleman and Franken campaigns met privately this morning with the three judges who will hear the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/1st_hearing_in_minn_senate_lawsuit_set_for_wed?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 13:54:50 -0600 Three-judge panel to decide on timeline for Senate court case Lawyers for Republican Norm Coleman say the two parties will have their first meeting today with the three judge panel that will decide the Senate election contest. Both campaigns have submitted timelines for how they want the election challenge to move along in court, and now it's up to the panel to make a decision. That ruling will be the first of many in shaping a legal proceeding that is expected to look like a civil trial but will have key differences as well, such as the three-judge panel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/threejudge_panel_to_decide_on_timelines_for_senate_court_case?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 03:30:00 -0600 Chief Justice: Courts need an additional $43 million Minnesota's chief justice has detailed a list of consequences that would result if the court system has to cut 10 percent of its budget. Governor Pawlenty has asked all state department to detail how they would cut their spending by 10 percent as the state faces a $4.8 billion shortfall over the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/chief_justice_courts_need_an_additional_43_million?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:12:32 -0600 Franken goes to Supreme Court; voters sue over rejected ballots The dispute over Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has expanded. A group of 64 voters filed suit in the Minnesota Supreme Court to have their votes counted. Meanwhile, Democrat Al Franken asked the court to order the governor and the Secretary of State to sign an election certificate declaring Franken the winner over Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/franken_supreme?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 15:08:46 -0600 Judicial panel named to hear Minn. Senate lawsuit Justice Alan Page has chosen a three-judge panel to hear Norm Coleman's election contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/12/judicial_panel_named_to_hear_minn_senate_lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 17:02:16 -0600 Texas man pleads guilty in RNC case One of two Texas men accused of possessing Molotov cocktails during the Republican National Convention has pleaded guilty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/texas_man_pleads_guilty_in_rnc_case?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 11:22:07 -0600 Alleged RNC Molotov maker to change plea One of the Texas men accused of trying to disrupt the Republican National Convention is scheduled to change his "not guilty" plea Thursday in federal court in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/rnc_molotov_plea_change?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 07:43:58 -0600 Coleman may face uphill battle in court challenge There's no word yet on the seating of a three-judge panel that's expected to hear Norm Coleman's lawsuit over the senate recount, but some legal experts say Coleman faces an uphill battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/coleman_may_face_uphill_battle_in_court_challenge?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 How a legal challenge would work Now that the state Canvassing Board has certified the results of the Senate recount that show Al Franken ahead, another race begins -- the race to the courthouse. The Coleman campaign said it will challenge the board's decision in court within the next 24 hours. Here's a look at how that process will work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/contestprocess?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 15:36:12 -0600 Child custody law up for review A study group will report its findings to the Legislature this month on whether Minnesota should change its child custody laws. At issue is whether judges should automatically presume that children split their time living with each of their divorced parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/child_custody?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Supreme Court limits judicial campaign contributions By a vote of 5 to 2, the state Supreme Court has limited how much judicial candidates may accept in campaign contributions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/supreme_court_limits_judicial_campaign_contributions?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 17:53:40 -0600 Court rules in suit against limited liability company The state Court of Appeals has ruled against the owner of a limited liability company who tried to personally sue another business for discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/limited_liability?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 07:26:16 -0600 Minnesota's court budget woes are part of nationwide trend With Minnesota and other states projecting big deficits, the courts can also expect deep cuts. While Minnesota's court funding situation is one of the worst in the U.S., it is by no means the only one struggling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/29/national_court_budget_woes?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Conflicting MN law on who will judge election contest Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount is likely to spur legal challenges after the state canvassing board certifies a winner. The parties can contest the election results in court, but some experts say the legal process itself could be grounds for challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/legalcontest_statutes?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Coleman campaign goes back to the Supreme Court An attorney for the Sen. Norm Coleman's reelection campaign today asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop the state canvassing board from certifying the U.S. Senate election until officials can resolve any double-counted votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/coleman_campaign_goes_back_to_the_supreme_court?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 17:15:02 -0600 Trial date set for men accused of making Molotov cocktails A federal court in Minneapolis has set a trial date for two Texas men accused of trying to disrupt the Republican National Convention with Molotov cocktails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/molotov_cocktails_rnc?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 11:40:06 -0600 State Supreme Court to hear new ballot challenge The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week on another ballot challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/state_supreme_court_to_hear_new_ballot_challenge?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:56:20 -0600 Court orders rejected absentees into Senate count The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the estimated 1,600 wrongly rejected absentee ballots must be counted in the U.S. Senate recount, but only after the Secretary of State, local elections officials and the Coleman and Franken campaigns agree on a process to identify them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/court_orders_rejected_absentees_into_senate_count?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 17:55:08 -0600 Board to start reviewing Coleman challenges Now it's on to Norm Coleman's challenges. This morning the State Canvassing Board will begin examining the disputed ballots put forward by the Republican incumbent. That comes after the board spent a day and a half processing most of the challenges put forward by Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/board_to_start_reviewing_coleman_challenges?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 05:00:00 -0600 Minn. Supreme Court hears arguments in recount dispute An attorney for Norm Coleman's re-election campaign told Minnesota Supreme Court justices today that the idea the estimated 1,600 rejected absentee ballots in the Senate recount fit neatly into a category is an illusion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/minn_supreme_courts_hears_arguments_in_recount_dispute?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 17:29:48 -0600 Sen. Craig loses appeal in airport sex sting case Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has lost his latest attempt to withdraw his guilty plea in a Minneapolis airport bathroom sex sting case. A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected his bid to toss out his disorderly conduct conviction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/craig_appeal?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:15:49 -0600 Feds challenge ruling in RNC evidence proceeding The federal government is challenging a ruling that St. Paul police conducted an illegal search in connection with two Texas men accused of trying to disrupt the the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/feds_challenge_ruling_in_rnc_evidence_proceeding?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 14:23:34 -0600 Feds request reinstatement of church tax probe The U.S. Government has asked a federal judge to reinstate a tax probe against Twin Cities megachurch, Living Word Christian Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/feds_request_reinstatement_of_church_tax_probe?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:16:32 -0600 Whistleblower wins settlement against former US attorney A federal investigation has found a former Minneapolis U.S. attorney, Rachel Paulose, retaliated against her First Assistant after he raised concerns that she left classified homeland security reports unsecured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/paulose_whistleblower?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 13:44:09 -0600 Budget cuts end free supervised parenting help Budget cuts have meant an end to supervised parental visits for some low-income families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/27/supervised_funding?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Kansas court decision spurs activity in Minnesota A Golden Valley lawyer has asked a federal judge to consider a recent ruling from another state in his bid to loosen speech restrictions on judicial candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/judicial_campaigns?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 08:13:14 -0600 Magistrate rules on evidence in RNC case A federal magistrate ruled Tuesday that eight Molotov cocktails found during the search of a basement should be used as evidence in the upcoming trial of two Texas men who allegedly planned to use the devices during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/rnc_charges?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:50:47 -0600 Former U.S. Attorneys predict future of Dept. of Justice Two former U.S. Attorneys from Minneapolis outlined their predictions for the Justice Department and its priorities under the new administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/future_doj?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 07:33:54 -0600 Coleman: Allegations should be investigated Sen. Norm Coleman, responding to a call Tuesday for investigations into allegations that a friend and political donor attempted to steer $75,000 to him, said he would welcome any investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/coleman_investigation_allegations?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:15:34 -0600 Public defenders moonlight to pay off school debt Many public defenders work side jobs because their salaries aren't high enough to pay off law school debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/moonlighting_pds?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2008 15:30:00 -0600 Minn. Supreme Court considers how far the right to an attorney extends The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments today on how far the state's constitutional right to an attorney extends for those who can't afford a lawyer. At issue is whether the state must provide a public defenders to appeal misdemeanor convictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/minn_supreme_court_considers_how_far_the_right_to_an_attorney_extends?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 16:21:03 -0600 Bemidji Magistrate challenges Supreme Court justice Magistrate Tim Tingelstad is challenging Paul Anderson, who's served on the Minnesota Supreme Court for 14 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/judicial_race?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 01:01:00 -0500 Prosecutors in Warsame case ask to depose witness in Canada Government prosecutors have asked a federal judge in the Mohammad Warsame terrorism case to allow them to depose a witness in Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/prosecutators_in_warsame_case_ask_to_depose_witness_in_canada?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 14:24:45 -0500 Man charged with causing 2007 Ham Lake forest fire A Washington, D.C., man has been indicted on charges of causing a forest fire last year that burned nearly 120 square miles along the Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/gunflintarrest?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 12:00:03 -0500 Few women are judges on the U.S. Courts of Appeals If you lose your case in a Minnesota federal court, you can appeal to the Eighth Circuit, based in St. Louis. There, you'll only find one woman judge, Diana Murphy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/17/women_judges?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 15:12:25 -0500 Henn. Co. examines late voter registrations The Hennepin County attorney's office said it found one problem after looking into an activist group's voter registration practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/14/acorn?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:55:07 -0500 Judge postpones hearings for RNC 8 Authorities arrested the eight people during raids in Minneapolis and St. Paul the weekend prior to the Republican National Convention. Their attorneys say law enforcement agencies haven't turned over their reports from the arrests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/rnc8_postpone?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 15:51:38 -0500 Protesters plead not guilty to RNC charges Two Texas men indicted on charges of trying to disrupt the Republican National Convention with homemade explosives pleaded not guilty today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/rncpleas?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 13:44:32 -0500 U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission sues Minn. Dept. of Corrections The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued the Minnesota Department of Corrections for violating federal age discrimination laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/eeoc_mdoc?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 06:44:37 -0500 Minn. board allows 3 days for recount in Supreme Court race Local election officials in all of the state's counties will recount ballots to determine who will take on state Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea in the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/scomin_recount?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 14:21:21 -0500 Federal courthouse reopens after three-year, $65 million renovation The 42-year-old Warren Burger federal courthouse in St. Paul reopens today after undergoing a $65 million renovation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/remodeled_federal_courthouse?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 02:00:00 -0500 High court justice faces three primary challengers One of the more interesting races on the primary election ballot Tuesday is the challenge to Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea. Three candidates are on the ballot with her, including a civil rights attorney, a public defender, and a sitting Hennepin County judge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/supcoprimary?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 16:24:14 -0500 Long after the RNC ends, the courts will still be dealing with the fallout While the RNC ends Thursday night, the convention related court cases will wind their way through Minnesota's legal system for months, maybe even years to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/rnc_law_cases?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 16:53:54 -0500 Ramsey County hurries to process hundreds of arrestees The Ramsey County Court is working overtime to process hundreds of people arrested during demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/ramsey_county_courts_rnc?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 19:46:48 -0500 Authorities say splinter groups caused most of protest violence Though nearly 300 protesters were arrested on the first day of the Republican National Convention, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman said he feels the officers' actions were nothing short of heroic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/protesters_coleman?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Panel allows judge on Supreme Court ballot A special judicial panel has denied an attempt to disqualify state Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea from the ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/supreme_court?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 06:06:54 -0500 Judges reject attempt to remove Justice Gildea from the ballot A special judicial panel has denied an attempt to force Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea off the September primary election ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/scominruling?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:49:11 -0500 What should I do if I get arrested? What should I do if I get caught up in a mass arrest? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/survivalguide_arrests?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Attorneys prepare to defend protesters during RNC About 50 attorneys showed up for a seminar that included judges talking about everything from the logistics of arraignments to what factors Minnesota considers on setting bail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/19/free_speech_defense?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 16:10:43 -0500 AG sues mortgage lender for misleading customers Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a mortgage broker called Source Lending Corp. for violating state consumer protection laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/brokerlawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 14:12:39 -0500 State Supreme Court weighs in on UnitedHealth options case The state's highest court told a federal judge that he doesn't have the authority to substitute his own business judgment in deciding whether the settlement between UnitedHealth and its former CEO, Bill McGuire, was reasonable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/mcguireruling?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:54:59 -0500 State board reprimands Dakota County judge The state board that investigates judicial misconduct has publicly reprimanded and fined a Dakota County judge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/dakota_judge?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 07:12:34 -0500 Woman must pay restitution after swindling grandparents The state Court of Appeals said a woman who swindled $400,000 must pay restitution even though her victims, her grandparents, do not want the money back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/restitution?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 06:51:59 -0500 Waseca prison to change to a women-only facility The mens' federal prison in Waseca will change to an all-womens' federal prison within the next few months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/waseca?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 06:40:17 -0500 Hennepin County courts ready for a busy Labor Day Hennepin County courts will work overtime during the week of the Republican National Convention, which begins Labor Day, Sept. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/hennepin_courts?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:08:19 -0500 NTSB: Minn. crash cockpit recorder in good shape The cockpit voice recorder from a business jet crash that killed eight people was recovered in good condition, federal investigators said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/01/crashfolo?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 12:35:03 -0500 NTSB to investigate plane crash that killed eight Eight people are dead following a plane crash in Owatonna Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/planecrash?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 18:30:00 -0500 New chief justice talks about future of Minnesota's courts Unlike the head of a private law firm, Minnesota's chief justice can't raise hourly billing rates to meet a shortfall or turn down cases because of a lack of staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/chiefjustice?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 15:15:30 -0500 Pilot comes to terms with friend's death on memorial journey A 72-year-old pilot is on his way from Minnesota to Wisconsin after completing a tribute to a dear friend by flying his home-built biplane to each of the lower 48 states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/pilottribute?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Judge rules school did not discriminate A federal judge in St. Paul has ruled against 13 immigrant students who claimed a Minneapolis alternative school discriminated against them by badly educating them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/18/lincoln?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 07:20:27 -0500 Judge refuses to change protest route for RNC A federal judge has denied a group of protesters' request for a new march route during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/rncprotest?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2008 09:40:31 -0500 State Supreme Court justices must fight for reelection Two state Supreme Court justices will face opponents in this year's election, and two Twin Cities judicial races have attracted more than a half dozen candidates each. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/supreme_court?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2008 07:06:24 -0500 Minneapolis cop indicted on corruption charges Minneapolis police officer Michael Roberts pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Tuesday, in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/copindicted?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:30:44 -0500 Protesters want to change time of RNC march A group of Iraq war protesters asked a federal judge today to allow a protest march during the Republican National Convention at a time later than St. Paul city officials have proposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/rncprotesters?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 19:45:35 -0500 Summer is a hard time for food shelves Demand is up and donations are down at Minnesota food shelves, according to an organization that distributes food donations to community food shelves in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/foodshelves?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 15:15:36 -0500 Public defenders to stop representing poor parents in child protection cases Beginning July 8, state public defenders outside of Hennepin County will no longer represent parents in child protection cases, or in specialty courts such as drug court, because of budget cuts. Children will wait longer in foster care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/who_will_pay?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 15:15:23 -0500 U. S. Dist. Judge Davis makes history as new chief of Minn.'s federal bench U.S. District Judge Michael Davis is the first African-American to head Minnesota's federal bench. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/new_chief?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty names 3 to the Minn. Court of Appeals Gov. Tim Pawlenty made three new appointments to the state Court of Appeals Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/judge_appointments?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 17:47:43 -0500 Supreme Court cuts Minneapolis man's sentence The United States Supreme Court has cut the prison sentence for a Minneapolis man. The High Court ruled that a federal appeals court overstepped its authority by adding 15 years to the man's sentence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/supreme_court?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 07:09:19 -0500 Mortgage fraud misery likely to endure Federal officials say they're finding more mortgage fraud in Minnesota than in many other places in the country, but that may be small consolation for victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/20/mortgages?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:17:53 -0500 Chief justice calls for more money for courts system Minnesota's new chief justice wants to revamp the way the state chooses judges and is also calling on attorneys to lobby for more court funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/judicialbudget?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:39:46 -0500 Protest groups seek to avoid 2004 Boston DNC problems Republicans aren't alone in facing protests during their national convention. Protesters in Colorado have sued Denver over protest routes during the Democratic National Convention in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/16/rnc_lines?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Judge clears way for St. Olaf to use some WCAL donations Rice County Judge Gerald Wolf has lifted some, but not all, of the restrictions on donations given originally to fund St. Olaf College's radio station WCAL, which the college sold to Minnesota Public Radio in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/wcal?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:44:44 -0500 St. Paul trying to avoid RNC civil rights suits St. Paul officials are taking steps to avoid civil rights lawsuits like those filed against New York City after it hosted the Republican National Convention in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/rncliability?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:45:48 -0500 New Chief Justice takes oath Eric Magnuson takes oath as new Minnesota Chief Justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/newchief?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 18:02:37 -0500 Minn. high court rules against the seizure of drug homes Minnesota's Supreme Court has ruled criminal forfeiture laws don't apply to homestead property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/seizure?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 10:47:28 -0500 Courts question where to cut budget Court officials say they will meet in mid June to decide how to absorb the latest state budget cuts. The Legislature cut the total court budget by nearly $4 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/courts_budget?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 06:39:12 -0500 St. Paul and RNC protesters avoid hearing Attorneys for Republican National Convention protesters and the City of St. Paul have averted a federal court hearing scheduled for today. The two sides were able to resolve other issues for the court late Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/protesters?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 06:50:35 -0500 Indictment for smuggling illegal wildlife parts A federal grand jury has indicted two Twin Cities women with smuggling protected wildlife items into the U.S. The indictment charges the women with smuggling and selling endangered wildlife parts in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/smugglers?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 07:13:45 -0500 Court rules against man who assaulted his attorney in court The Minnesota Court of Appeals says a defendant who assaulted his public defender forfeited his constitutional right to an attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/publicdefenderforfeit?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 11:49:43 -0500 10 years ago today: Landmark tobacco trial ends with a settlement Ten years ago today, the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield reached a landmark settlement with the major tobacco companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/settlementanniversary?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 16:00:16 -0500 High court to decide on criminal records expungement The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether courts can seal conviction records held by other branches of government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/expungearguments?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 14:20:15 -0500 Former justice O'Connor urges changes in judicial elections Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said Minnesota should consider adopting Arizona's method for choosing judges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/oconnor?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 16:00:33 -0500 Supreme Court refuses to take up church ban on concealed weapons The Minnesota Supreme Court said today it won't take up the state's appeal of a decision that exempts churches from the state's conceal and carry handgun law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/gun?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 14:19:09 -0500 African Americans more likely to end up in child protection African-American children are six times more likely to enter the child protection system in Minnesota than their white counterparts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/childprotection?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Court ruling renews calls for tougher voter ID laws A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday has renewed calls for toughening voter ID requirements in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/voters?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Court rules bosses are still authority figures outside of work The state Court of Appeals has ruled that a boss is still an authority figure in sexual misconduct that occurs outside the workplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/boss_authority_ruling?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:49:44 -0500 Police error leads to DWI dismissals Clay County has thrown out 10 drunk driving cases because police made a mistake that could have led to inaccurate blood alcohol tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/breathalyzer?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Courting disaster: Courts feel budget pinch People who work in Minnesota's judicial system say they can't absorb any more budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/courtmoney?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Retiring judge sees mixed future for Minnesota children A Minneapolis judge who presided over juvenile court during one of the city's most turbulent times retires Monday after 36 years on the bench. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/judgeretires?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:04:38 -0500 Minnesota Supreme Court ranks high in influence A recent law review article ranks Minnesota's Supreme Court as the fifth most influential state court in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/supcoranks?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0500 What does the chief justice do? In naming Eric Magnuson the next Chief Justice, the governor did more than just add a new person to the seven-member court. The chief plays an important role in guiding the http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/chiefsidebar?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:03:54 -0500 Supreme Court's chief justice says he'll step down The chief justice of Minnesota's highest court is stepping down. His departure gives Gov. Tim Pawlenty a fourth pick to the seven-member Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/soj?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:39:25 -0500 9/11 investigator in Minneapolis to find cause of bridge collapse A law firm representing I-35 bridge victims has hired an engineering company that investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center. The chief investigator has a unique connection to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/22/investigator?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2007 03:00:14 -0500 Minnesota Supreme Court to set rules for interactive television in district courts. Interactive television allows judges to hold hearings by closed-circuit television. Proponents say ITV saves money and time. But critics say it lessens the dignity of court proceedings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/18/videohearing?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 02:41:28 -0500 State of Minnesota settles with Dru Sjodin's family Sjodin's family was preparing to sue the state for damages worth more than $1 million. Sjodin was kidnapped and killed almost four years ago by a convicted sex offender who was released from prison a few months before the crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/sjodinsettle?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 11:00:48 -0500 Hanson steps down from state Supreme Court Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Sam Hanson says he's leaving the bench in January to return to his former law firm Briggs and Morgan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/hansonretires?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 15:00:26 -0500 Craig vows to stay in office even after judge denies his motion to withdraw guilty plea A Hennepin County judge has denied Sen. Larry Craig's bid to withdraw a guilty plea, in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport sting operation to catch men soliciting sex in public bathrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/craig?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 12:47:39 -0500 Judge in Craig case says no quick ruling on plea request Lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig asked a Hennepin County judge to withdraw Craig's guilty plea in an airport sex sting. The outcome hinges on whether Craig's attorneys can convince Judge Charles Porter that the Idaho senator's plea was a mistake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/26/craighearing?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:26:04 -0500 Judge to hear Sen. Craig's request to throw out guilty plea A case that could determine Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's political fate goes before a Hennepin County judge Wednesday. Attorneys for Craig will ask Judge Charles Porter to throw out the senator's guilty plea in connection with a sex sting operation at the Minneapolis airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/craigincourt?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 04:00:48 -0500 Dakota County attorney is man of many sides Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom has gained a reputation as a tough prosecutor. But Backstrom also has a side that belies his law-and-order persona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/backstrom?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2007 13:26:36 -0500 Judge critical of Par Ridder's conduct in ruling Ramsey County District Judge David Higgs ruled Star Tribune publisher Par Ridder violated Minnesota law by taking confidential information from his former employer, the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/ridderruling?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 17:00:11 -0500 Sen. Craig asks to withdraw guilty plea The Idaho senator at the heart of a sex sting operation at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport says he struck a plea deal out of fear -- not guilt. Larry Craig asked a Hennepin County court Monday to throw out his guilty plea in connection with his airport arrest in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/craigplea?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 09:37:36 -0500 Senator arrested at airport may have grounds for withdrawing guilty plea Several legal experts say that while it's typically difficult to get a court to throw out a guilty plea, there are unique circumstances in Sen. Larry Craig's case that give him an advantage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/craigplea?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 17:57:09 -0500 Who will pay when the lawsuits begin? Some metro area attorneys say families of the I-35W bridge victims have approached them about filing lawsuits. Whether victims can obtain compensation will depend largely on which entity is found to be at fault for the bridge's failure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/liability?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2007 04:52:16 -0500 Look for more highway closings this weekend Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say they plan to shut down parts of Twin Cities highways over the next few weekends. The goal is to expand the roadways and relieve bottlenecks resulting from the loss of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/morebridges?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2007 06:38:54 -0500 Molnau gets defensive; Pawlenty may give in on gas tax increase An emotional Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau Friday defended the actions of the state transportation department she leads. At the same time, Gov. Pawlenty opened the door to raising the state's gas tax to pay for road and bridge improvements -- something he has steadfastly resisted in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/03/molnauresponse?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2007 15:56:34 -0500 Why did the bridge collapse? Minnesota officials were warned as early as 1990 that the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River was "structurally deficient," yet they relied on patchwork repairs and stepped-up inspections that unraveled amid a thunderous plunge of concrete and automobiles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/inspection?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 12:47:06 -0500 Collapse mystifies officials, experts Gov. Tim Pawlenty says two state inspections in the past two years found no structural problems with the bridge that collapsed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/bridgestats?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 02:49:32 -0500 Lawyer advertising still controversial after 30 years This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling allowing lawyer advertising. While some cringe at the "have you been injured in an accident?" commercials, there are just as many supporters who say lawyer advertising has broadened public access to legal help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/05/lawyer_advertising?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Supreme Court rules sex offenders don't have to confess to crime Threatening sex offenders with more time behind bars if they don't admit their crimes in prison treatment programs violates their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/28/sexoffendertrtmt?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2007 13:58:53 -0500 Minnesota lawyers launch "Wills for Heroes" program Minnesota lawyers are donating their time to draft wills and health care directives for firefighters, police, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and corrections officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/willsforheroes?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 00:01:00 -0500 Loud pipes save lives or risk rights? There's a battle going on between motorcycles and the public over loud exhaust pipes. On one side is the crowd that believes that loud pipes alert motorists to motorcycles and lead to safety. On the other side, there are those who say loud pipes do nothing for safety; they only irritate the public and could lead to riding restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/29/loud_pipes_save_lives_or_risk_rights?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Heffelfinger lashes out at Justice Department Former U.S. Attorney in Minnesota Tom Heffelfinger told a group of lawyers Thursday that something is fundamentally broken at the U.S. Justice Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/24/heffelfingermnbar?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Feds break up prostitution ring Federal officials say groundwork by slain St. Paul police officer Gerald Vick has led to 25 indictments on interstate prostitution charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/prostitution_ring?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 18:42:19 -0500 Court to decide the bounds of judges' turf The state Court of Appeals is considering whether judges have the power to seal criminal records beyond their own branch of government, at the BCA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/26/record?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Union official lashes out at Attorney General Swanson Minnesota's largest state employee union continued the war of words between it and Attorney General Lori Swanson Friday. The two sides are at odds over whether Swanson pressured attorneys in her office against forming a union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/27/afscmeswanson?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 15:36:26 -0500 Justice Dept. had concerns about former U.S. attorney for Minn. Senior Justice Department officials had raised concerns about Tom Heffelfinger, the former U.S. attorney for Minnesota, according to a source close to the agency. Heffelfinger, however, reiterates that he was not pressured to resign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/27/heffelfinger?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 02:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's U.S. Attorney Paulose is the epitome of low profile public official Minnesota U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose keeps a very low profile, which is unusual for U.S. attorneys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/23/pauloseprofile?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:18:54 -0500 Pioneer Press sues former publisher In a lawsuit rife with allegations of disloyalty, the St. Paul Pioneer Press is suing its former publisher Par Ridder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/riddersuit?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2007 07:01:48 -0500 Rider Bennett law firm closing its doors One of Minnesota's top 10 law firms, Rider Bennett in Minneapolis, has announced it will go out of business May 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/10/riderbennett?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2007 16:15:33 -0500 Resignations in U.S. attorney's office "troubling" Minnesota's U.S. Attorney, Rachel Paulose, says she supports the resignations of her top three senior attorneys, who stepped down Thursday from their management positions. Observers called the situation troubling, and unusual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/06/usattorneyshakeup?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Supreme Court rules PhotoCop unconstitutional The court told the city of Minneapolis that it must stop its "Stop on Red" program, which photographed vehicles running red lights, because it violates state law. But supporters of the so-called PhotoCop program say it cut down on crashes in accident-prone intersections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/supcophotocop?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Congress considers changes to religion in the workplace Congress is considering legislation that would make it easier for employees to express their religious beliefs at work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/29/workplace_religion?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Where to live when mom and dad divorce A proposal moving through the state Legislature would require courts to change how they decide child custody cases, to make joint custody the rule rather than the exception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/21/custodies?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Heffelfinger: Politics didn't play a role in leaving U.S. Attorney post As the White House faces increasing scrutiny over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, Tom Heffelfinger says political pressure wasn't the reason he stepped down from his U.S. attorney post a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/13/usatty_politics?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 23:52:17 -0500 Lawmaker proposes ban on foreign-made U.S. flags One state lawmaker is trying to ban sales of foreign-made American flags and flag novelty items. But critics say the proposal may run headlong into another American icon -- the U.S. Constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/16/flagban?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2007 02:00:00 -0600 Minnesota should change the way it chooses its judges, panel says A bipartisan commission was formed in the wake of several federal rulings that some critics argue will inject politics and big money contributors into the state's judicial campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/20/judges?refid=0 Wed, 21 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 How long are Minnesota children waiting? Minnesota's court system cannot provide accurate data on whether judges are moving foster care children into permanent homes according to state timelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/permanencylaw?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Wisconsin Hmong seeking justice The current issue of the nation's Hmong newspaper, "Hmong Today," asks in a bold headline whether a Wisconsin hunter's death was an accident or a hate crime. What really is a hate crime? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/01/hatecrimes?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Personal life coaches: Are they helpful or harmful? A life coach is supposed to coach a person to help them live their life purpose. But they don't need any kind of training or licensing and there is no state oversight. Are these unlicensed mental health care professionals? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/23/lifecoach?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2007 01:00:00 -0600 Court system asks for more judges, more drug courts, and better security Minnesota's chief justice says the state's court system needs more funding, more judges, and more staff to keep up with rising caseloads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/26/judiciary?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Drivers claim bus company discriminated against them Nine east-African immigrants have filed a discrimination lawsuit in Minneapolis against MV Public Transportation, a national bus company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/10/busdiscrimination?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 14:36:23 -0600 Search for new Gophers football coach begins The University of Minnesota is in the market for a football coach, and some boosters say the U should hire someone who will bring home a national championship. The U fired coach Glen Mason Sunday just two days after the Gophers squandered a 31-point lead and lost the Insight Bowl to Texas Tech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/01/gophercooachsearch?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jan 2007 17:22:26 -0600 Criminal justice information sharing raises questions Information in the criminal justice system changes lives. Minnesota officials are building a system to share more of that information. Privacy advocates say the state needs to do more to ensure that data is accurate and secure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/crimnet2?refid=0 Thu, 28 Dec 2006 15:00:08 -0600 Nearly $200 million, 10 years and CriMNet is incomplete Despite a decade of work, Minnesota has not completed a statewide criminal justice information sharing network. Some say the failure compromises public safety and trust in the judicial system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/crimnet1?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 15:00:23 -0600 A need for translation A deaf man from Morrison County was arrested and found himself in jail and then in court without the benefit if any translation services. The case was settled out of court but shows that counties aren't offering the services required by the ADA legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/deaftranslator?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 03:00:00 -0600 How technology is increasing the demand for sign language interpreters A deaf person used to call a hearing person through what's called a TTY. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/05/sidebar?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2006 17:57:16 -0600 Courting changes in drug prosecution When Hennepin County started its drug court nearly a decade ago, nearly all felony-level drug offenders were eligible. Now, a multi-agency task force has decided to focus the special court on those who are addicted and at high risk to re-offend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/29/drugcourt?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2006 04:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis church at the forefront of a cutting-edge religious movement For many people, the religious term evangelical has been taken over by those with conservative religious and political beliefs. Now one branch of the faithful say they can be progressive politically and evangelical at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/26/progressiveevangelical?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 02:00:00 -0600 PACs pouring money into judicial campaigns - just not in Minnesota A non-partisan Washington D.C.-based group reports special interests have poured an unprecedented amount of money into TV ads for judicial campaigns. Justice at Stake says the money spent on those ads jumped nearly 70 percent in the past two years in judicial races around the country - that is, except for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/06/judicialelection?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Supreme Court says no help for defendants representing themselves Minnesota's Supreme Court has ruled defendants who represent themselves in court have no constitutional right to help from public defenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/12/supco?refid=0 Thu, 12 Oct 2006 12:10:13 -0500 Case tests authority to regulate mobile home park speech Minnesota's Supreme Court hears arguments about whether mobile home parks can restrict outside organizations from canvassing and leafletting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/09/supcomobilehomespeech?refid=0 Wed, 11 Oct 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Gonzales discusses FBI's congressional e-mail inquiry Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced questions in Minneapolis about the e-mail scandal involving former Republican Congressman Mark Foley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/05/gonzales?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Xcel neighbors buoyed by convention news Some local businesses in the shadow of the Xcel Energy Center's are seeing dollar signs in their futures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/27/conventionneighbors?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 18:18:01 -0500 Should Minnesota stop electing judges? Minnesota Chief Justice Russell Anderson created the Citizens Commission for the Preservation of Impartial Judiciary in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/19/judgeelx?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2006 23:11:53 -0500 Sex offender challenges requirement to confess crime Frank Johnson is serving 45 extra days at Lino Lakes prison because he refused to admit his crime as part of a sex treatment program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/08/offenderchallenge?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Rodriguez jurors to hear death penalty arguments next Attorneys in the Dru Sjodin murder case begin presenting their arguments next week on whether the man convicted in her death deserves the death penalty. The penalty phase of a capital case is one of the most complex and intense of criminal proceedings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/30/death_penalty?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Is the Rodriguez trial in the right court? The coroner in the Dru Sjodin murder trial testified Monday that he thinks Sjodin was stabbed in Minnesota. Dr. Michael McGee performed the autopsy on Sjodin, and his information is critical to whether the case stays in federal court and whether Rodriguez potentially faces the death penalty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/28/rodriquezfederal?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 19:00:00 -0500 Encountering dolphins at the Minnesota Zoo The Minnesota Zoo has a program where you can pay $125 to get up close and personal with dolphins and some other animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/25/closeencounters?refid=0 Sun, 13 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 'Death qualifying' jurors in death penalty cases Jury selection began more than a month ago in the Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. trial, but some experts say lengthy jury selection is typical in death penalty cases. One of the reasons that jury selection takes longer in capital cases is the requirement that jurors be "death qualified." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/09/deathjury?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Portrait is a tribute to Rosalie Wahl A group of lawyers is working on a tribute to retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl. Minnesota's first woman on the Supreme Court has had a lifetime of firsts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/wahltribute?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Mdewakanton land trust put on hold The Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Washington, D.C. has withdrawn its approval to put hundreds of acres in a tax-exempt trust for a local Indian tribe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/18/land_trust?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:06:47 -0500 Facing the golden years on the streets The segment of homeless people aged 55 and over is growing. One outreach worker has noticed that many of the older people who slept at shelters don't need to be there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/elderhomeless?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 01:00:00 -0500 U.S. Immigration spent $200K on Keyse Jama deportation U.S. Immigration officials spent nearly $200,000 last year on their failed attempt to fly Minnesotan Keyse Jama back to his native Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/23/jamaflight?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 14:05:43 -0500 "Sisters in Law" deliver justice in Cameroon In a small village in the west African nation of Cameroon, two women mete out justice with a special emphasis on women's rights. That's the theme that runs through a new documentary film called "Sisters in Law," which opens at the Twin Cities Bell Museum Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/20/sistersinlaw?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. appeals 1980 conviction An attorney for Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. asked a Minnesota Court of Appeals panel to order a new trial for a Minnesota conviction from 26 years ago. Rodriguez goes to trial next month in North Dakota on charges he kidnapped and killed Dru Sjodin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/rodroguezmnappealct?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2006 16:00:00 -0500 From prison to the streets A new report from the Wilder Foundation shows that as Minnesota's population of ex-convicts increases, so does the number of them who are homeless after they're released. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/14/homelessprisoners?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Poor and overweight: A connection? While it may seem counterintuitive, more poor people are overweight. The problem is that healthier food is much more expensive than it used to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/healthyeating?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 One grave, one tribute Many of the workers who plant the flags at Fort Snelling cemetery for Memorial Day also served in the military. For them, putting up the flags is more than a job, it's a tribute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/22/cemeteryflags?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2006 18:00:00 -0500 How to treat the flag with respect How to care for an American flag, from officials at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/26/flagrules?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2006 14:12:28 -0500 'Just a terrible place to go' When mom or dad do time, what happens to the kids? A new report takes a look at this cost of justice. We hear from kids in this situation, and they don't need grownups to tell their story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/parentsinprison?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Former Supreme Court Justice "saddened" by attacks on judiciary Former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told a Minneapolis audience last night that she was "saddened by the verbal attacks on state and federal judges." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/24/oconnor?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 A 7 year old talks about his dad in prison Marcus is 7 years old. His dad has been in and out of prison on assault charges, most recently at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Rush City. One way that Marcus stays connected with his father is through drawings his dad sends to him as gifts, for holidays and birthdays. MPR's Elizabeth Stawicki talked with Marcus about his dad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/marcus?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Supreme Court upholds tobacco fee The disputed 75-cent-per-pack charge on cigarettes won the backing Tuesday of the Minnesota Supreme Court, which overturned a judge's decision that struck down the "health impact fee." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/taxfeeruling?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Minnesota reacts to Moussaoui life in prison verdict Minnesotans who were involved in apprehending Zacarias Moussaoui say justice was done with the jury verdict of life in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/03/moussaouireact?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 06:00:00 -0500 State sanctioning Minnesota lawyers at record pace Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board reports a record-setting pace this year for actions against attorneys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/lawyerdiscipline?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0500 State Supreme Court takes on tobacco fee case Under sharp questioning from Minnesota Supreme Court justices, a tobacco industry lawyer conceded Tuesday that legislators would be within their power to pass a 75-cent-per-pack cigarette charge as long as they kept silent on the money's purpose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/11/fee?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:00:06 -0500 Legal experts doubt Minnesota Supreme Court would overturn marriage ban Opponents of gay marriage say a constitutional amendment defining marriage is necessary because they worry Minnesota's Supreme Court would overturn a decades-old ruling banning same-sex marriage. Several legal experts doubt that scenario. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/27/marriageoverturn?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Taking Legal Aid on the road to Hennepin County Medical Center Legal aid lawyers have opened a clinic at the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to help those who need legal assistance. The idea is that people who are at HCMC probably have more than a few emergencies in their lives and could use some help navigating the legal system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/17/hcmclawclinic?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2006 00:00:01 -0600 Tribal sovereignty poses challenges for local law enforcement Recent reports of drug trafficking on the Red Lake Indian reservation have exposed a dilemma for tribes and local law enforcement -- sovereignty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/07/reservationdrugs?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Should Congress license paid tax preparers? Congress is contemplating requiring a license for paid tax preparers. Only two state require that now and Minnesota isn't one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/27/taxlicense?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:01 -0600 Delivery service lets seniors grocery shop without leaving home Seniors get help staying in their homes from a non-profit program that deliveres their groceries to their door. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/storetodoor?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) faces scrutiny President Bush has faced a lot of criticism over his administration's domestic spying activities. The chief complaint is that it never sought warrants through the so-called FISA court. But the FISA system itself has faced other criticisms, particularly from defense attorneys whose clients are accused of working with suspected terrorists. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/02_stawickie_fisa/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Evans convicted of killing St. Paul cop; sentenced to life without parole After one day of deliberations, a jury found Harry Evans guilty of first degree murder in the death of a St. Paul vice cop. Sgt. Gerald Vick, who was working undercover, was gunned down last May outside a bar on St. Paul's east side. The defense argued the state had the wrong guy. At sentencing, Evans maintained his innocence. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/27_stawickie_vickverdict/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 13:06:00 -0600 High court won't decide issue of state restrictions on judges' elections The Supreme Court refused Monday to decide whether Minnesota and other states can restrict candidates for judgeships from participating in political party activities and soliciting campaign contributions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_stawickie_mnsupco/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 16:37:00 -0600 Louis Jourdain sentenced for threatening messages involving Red Lake gunman Louis Jourdain, 17, the only person to be charged in connection with the school shootings at Red Lake last March was sentenced behind closed doors Friday on a lesser charge of sending threatening messages. The details of the sentence were not disclosed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/13_gundersond_jourdainsentence/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2006 10:41:00 -0600 Vick murder trial begins The trial of the man accused of killing St. Paul Police Sgt. Gerald Vick got underway in a Ramsey County courtroom Wednesday, with prosecutors saying DNA from the suspect, Harry Evans, was found on the murder weapon. The defense maintains the wrong man is on trial. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/11_stawickie_vicktrial/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2006 23:05:00 -0600 Is it a tobacco fee? Is it a tax? It's up to the judges to decide When the state settled its landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies in 1998, it appeared Minnesota's legal battles with the industry were over. But seven years later, the state and tobacco companies are again in court, over the companies' claims that the state is reneging on the terms of its settlement by hiking cigarette prices by 75 cents a pack. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/09_stawickie_tax/?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jan 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Program aims to help lonely seniors during the holidays The holidays are a time when thoughts turn to children and families. But for some of the elderly who live alone, these memories are bittersweet because they evoke thoughts of family members long gone. One volunteer group is trying to alleviate some of that loneliness through a program called &quot;Gifts for Seniors.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/12_stawickie_giftsforseniors/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Louis Jourdain awaits sentencing A friend of Red Lake gunman Jeff Weise could face sentencing within the next three weeks. Louis Jourdain, 17, pleaded guilty Tuesday to making threatening interstate communications. It's unclear how serious his punishment might be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/30_stawickie_jourdainfollow/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2005 17:08:00 -0600 Jourdain pleads guilty in Red Lake shooting case Louis Jourdain, the 17-year-old son of Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr., pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge related to the shootings that left 10 people dead on the Indian reservation last March. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/29_ap_jourdain/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2005 07:05:00 -0600 Universities and federal government at odds over military recruiting The U.S. Supreme Court will arguments on whether the government can withhold federal funds from colleges that bar military recruiters on campus. An association of law schools, including the University of Minnesota, is challenging the law on grounds that the military's, 'don't ask-don't tell' policy discriminates against gays. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/28_stawickie_recruiting/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Shoppers not buying less but not buying more The day after Thanksgiving isn't necessarily the busiest shopping day of the holiday season. But it is an important one for retailers. This year the predictions on how much shoppers will spend, run the gamut. The University of Michigan shows consumer confidence is up while the University of St. Thomas finds it's down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/25_stawickie_consumers/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Rapid refunds can be a ripoff for the poor Some commercial tax preparers have faced a barrage of lawsuits over &quot;Rapid Refund&quot; programs. Rapid refunds are short-term loans based on an expected tax refund. Critics say some tax preparers have taken advantage of the poor with those loans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_stawickie_rapidrefunds/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2005 15:01:00 -0600 Spitzer sues Guidant New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is suing Indiana-based Guidant, which has major operations in Arden Hills, Minn. Guidant is the second-largest maker of implantable devices that shock an erratically beating heart back into a normal rhythm. The lawsuit charges the company with repeatedly defrauding physicians and consumers by hiding potentially fatal design flaws. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/03_stawickie_guidant/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Experts caution against rush to judgment on meth Two national experts are urging the public to use caution in reacting to methamphetamine. While it is highly addictive they say, getting off the drug is not hopeless. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_stawickie_methtaskforce/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2005 16:53:00 -0500 Civil cases could target Vikings in aftermath of sex boat scandal Police have made no arrests in the alleged sex boat scandal surrounding the Minnesota Vikings. But some Twin Cities attorneys say those Vikings may have more to fear -- and lose -- from civil lawsuits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/18_stawickie_vikingscourt/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2005 14:43:00 -0500 Minnesota wineries want to sell over the Internet Two regional vineyard are challenging a state law that bans them from selling their wines over the Internet to Minnesota consumers. They've filed suit in federal court arguing the law infringes on their right to free speech. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/12_stawickie_winesales/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 15:00:00 -0500 State Supreme Court to decide child pornography sentencing Minnesota's Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday that could radically affect the amount of prison time for possessing child pornography. At issue is whether each downloaded image represents a separate crime or whether downloading child pornography is one illegal act. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/04_stawickie_porncase/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2005 15:57:00 -0500 Tobacco companies challenge state's new cigarette tax Attorneys for several tobacco companies say the state of Minnesota reneged on its tobacco settlement agreement when it increase the tax on tobacco by 75 cents a pack last July. They brought their arguments to a Ramsey County courtroom Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/29_stawickie_cigtaxchallenge/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2005 17:18:00 -0500 Appeals court judge proposes state approach to deal with federal drug crimes A long-time federal appeals court judge is calling on the legal system to take a radical step against drug-related crime. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Donald Lay says locking up drug addicts and dealers for longer and longer sentences hasn't worked. But federal prosecutors say Lay's idea is just too extreme. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/14_stawickie_drugcourt/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2005 13:50:00 -0500 Does AMFA still have a contract, or not? Northwest's striking mechanics' union is vigorously disputing management claims that the union no longer has a contract with the air carrier. Northwest CEO Doug Steenland said the union's contract was terminated, and said AMFA would have no voice in the bankruptcy proceedings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/16_stawickie_nwalabor/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 18:45:00 -0500 Advice to Northwest fliers: Don't panic Some consumer groups that give advice on flying say the public should not panic in the wake of Northwest's bankruptcy filing. They say bankrupt airlines are becoming a fact of life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/15_stawickie_nwaconsumers/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2005 16:40:00 -0500 Minnesota's challenge in helping hurricane victims becoming clear Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a state of emergency in Minnesota in preparation for the thousands of hurricane victims. The governor also ordered that money used to help the survivors come out of the state's general fund. The orders come on the same day state officials met to outline plans for the pending arrival of Katrina survivors who could begin arriving as soon as Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/06_stawickie_help/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 15:50:00 -0500 Getting ready to help Minnesota's National Guard in Camp Ripley could be accepting Katrina disaster victims as early as this week. Over the weekend, the Federal Emergency Management Agency asked the Guard to accept 3,000 to 5,000 survivors on an interim basis until the state can find them more permanent housing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/05_stawickie_localpreps/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2005 16:09:00 -0500 What to donate Food shelf organizers have some suggestions for how to make your food donations do the most good. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/30_stawickie_foodsidebar/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Area food shelves say demand is up, donations are down Minnesota's poverty rate has been among the lowest in the nation. But area food shelves say the numbers don't tell the whole story. They say can't keep up with demand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/26_stawickie_summerfood/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2005 18:30:00 -0500 Judge rules in favor of Medica; criticizes Hatch's actions In a victory for nonprofit organizations, a Hennepin County judge has ruled Attorney General Mike Hatch overstepped his bounds and wrongly accused Medica's board of wrongdoing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/18_stawickie_medicaruling/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2005 11:01:00 -0500 Medica case could test attorney general's power over nonprofits A Hennepin County judge could rule as early as this week on a case that some argue could give the attorney general newfound power over nonprofits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/16_stawickie_medicahatc/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota attorney general's power dates back to 1500s England Minnesota's attorney general has gotten a lot of criticism that he's overstepped the bounds of his office in regulating non-profits. While critics may say he has not used his powers fairly, the bottom line is the attorney general does possess an immense amount of power. The office of attorney general has influential roots that date back to at least the 1500s. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/12_stawickie_agpower/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2005 13:20:00 -0500 Ruling ushers in new era of judicial elections A federal appeals court has issued a sweeping ruling that strikes down Minnesota's rules against judicial candidates participating in political party activities. The ruling stems from a challenge by Golden Valley attorney Greg Wersal, who earlier successfully challenged Minnesota's rule against judicial candidates speaking on political and legal issues. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/02_stawickie_judicial/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Terrorism cases: Highly complex and a bit bizarre For both prosecutors and defense attorneys, terrorism cases are so complex and secretive, they border on the bizarre. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/25_stawickie_prosecuting/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2005 16:41:00 -0500 Somali without a home is released Minnesota Somali Keyse Jama walked out of the Washington County jail Saturday a free man. Jama, who's been locked up since 1998, spent most of his time in custody, not because of his crime. but because he's awaiting deportation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/16_stawickie_jama/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jul 2005 07:13:00 -0500 Mixed messages on Somalia accepting Jama A spokesman for the president of the Somali interim government has told Minnesota Public Radio the government will not accept Keyse Jama or thousands of other Somalis on the U.S. deportation list. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/11_stawickie_notojama/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2005 15:52:00 -0500 Justice O'Connor breezes through Twin Cities on day she steps down from Supreme Court Retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor stopped in the Twin Cities Friday afternoon after flying in from Washington. The justice declined to answer questions about why she decided to step down and why she was in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/07_stawickie_oconnorreacts/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 18:28:00 -0500 Local Somali man waits in limbo for deportation Keyse Jama is a man without a country. The U.S. wants to deport him, but Somalia refuses to accept him. Jama remains in the Washington County jail as he and thousands of other deportable Somalis wait for a resolution to his case. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/17_stawickie_keysejama/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2005 15:50:00 -0500 Women vets remember World War II World War II veterans have gotten increased attention and recognition in the past few years. But often overlooked are the contributions of more than 350,000 military women who served their country at a pivotal point in world history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_stawickie_womenvets/?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2005 17:30:00 -0500 The cost of throwing away the key Gov. Tim Pawlenty's is expected to sign increased sex offender penalties into law next week. The bill calls for sending the most violent sex offenders to prison for life with no chance for parole. Some in the legal system are trying to figure out what kind of impact the law will have on the courts, prisons and streets of Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/25_stawickie_sentencingcosts/?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2005 17:12:00 -0500 High court reinstates 'prompt' hearings for drunk driving The Minnesota Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional the Legislature's changes to the state's drunk driving law. Two years ago, the Legislature eliminated a requirement that entitled suspected drunk drivers to &quot;prompt judicial hearings.&quot; The court has reinstated that requirement. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/19_stawickie_impliedconsent/?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2005 17:11:00 -0500 Elmer L. Andersen dead at 95 The man known as, &quot;Minnesota's leading citizen&quot; has died. Former Republican Gov. Elmer L. Andersen died Monday evening at the age of 95. Although Andersen served as the state's governor from 1961 to 1963, he's probably better known more for what he accomplished outside of that office. And for Andersen, that's a long list: President and CEO of a billion dollar company, newspaper publisher, environmental leader, civil rights leader and philanthropist. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/01_stawickie_andersonobit/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2004 07:45:00 -0600 Minnesotans to judge judge candidates State judicial races have earned reputations as the sleepier voter contests. In many cases, incumbent judges run unopposed. But in this election cycle, there are already fireworks. Attorneys in two cases are going to court to disqualify their opponents; and one challenger has infused Biblical teachings into his campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/09_stawickie_judicialelx/?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Minnesota and terrorists -- is there an attraction? It'll be three years next month that the French Intelligence Service confirmed that the man authorities were holding in the Sherburne County jail, Zacarias Moussaoui, had ties to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. Since then, Minnesota officials have arrested five more men with alleged ties to terrorist organizations, prompting some to wonder about the state's connection to terrorist cases. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_stawickie_minnterror/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2004 17:25:00 -0500 Should felons vote? A Minneapolis group is launching a campaign to educate newly-released felons about reinstating their voting rights. The Council on Crime and Justice says the campaign is designed to help the disenfranchised regain their voices in elections. Civil rights groups have long challenged restrictions on felons voting, arguing they dilute the voting strength of people of color and the political representation in poor neighborhoods. Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Stawicki reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/07/06_stawickie_felons?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2004 16:00:00 -0500 Milwaukee built ballpark, Brewers can't build winning seasons Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has said small-market teams like the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers require state-of-the-art ballparks in order to compete. Selig owned and ran the Brewers before he was commissioner, and led the push for public financing of Milwaukee's new stadium, Miller Park. Even so, the Brewers have failed to stop their slide of 11 straight seasons below .500 ball. Observers there say Minnesotans should be aware that in the current economics of baseball, sometimes a new stadium just isn't enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/30_stawickie_millerparktwo/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2004 00:01:00 -0500 A lesson for Minnesota? Ill will lingers over Milwaukee ballpark deal Like Minnesota, Wisconsin went through years of contentious negotiations before lawmakers authorized public subsidies for the Milwaukee Brewers three-year-old home, Miller Park. And like Minnesota, supporters there said the small-market team needed the ballpark to stay competitive. It hasn't worked out that way. The team continues to lose more than win and attendance is poor. And ill will lingers over the way the deal came together. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/29_stawickie_millerparkone/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Logging on to less conflict Even if they want to, parents who divorce rarely sever their bond completely because they have to talk to each other about the children. But for some, just hearing a former spouse's voice can reopen emotional wounds and turn almost any discussion into a fight. So Hennepin and several other Minnesota county courts have started suggesting a Web tool designed to take the emotion out of communicating between divorced parents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/01_stawickie_web/?refid=0 Sun, 11 Apr 2004 15:30:00 -0500 New Web site aims to show Minnesota isn't for whites only Members of minority bar associations, area law schools and law firms launch Web site they hope will dispel some of the myths about Minnesota that they say hinder people of color from moving here. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/29_stawickie_minorityweb/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2004 00:01:00 -0600 College students racking up higher credit card debt As tuition increases at the University of Minnesota have hit double digits in the last three years, some financial counselors say students are looking to credit cards to help pay the larger bills. But some students who use credit cards to stay in school end up quitting in order to pay off mounting debt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/26_stawickie_collegecredit/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2004 06:00:00 -0600 Legal experts question secrecy around Warsame case A federal magistrate has ordered a man accused of providing support to the al-Qaida terrorist network to remain in jail because he's a flight risk. Mohamed Warsame appeared in federal court in Minneapolis Monday. Several constitutional scholars say the Warsame case is an example of post-9/11 court secrecy that's unprecedented in U.S. history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_stawickie_warsamecase/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Straddling the blue collar and white collar worlds There's the perception that the United States is a place where a blue collar kid can become part of the upper classes through hard work, determination and a little luck. But many who rise from humble beginnings, like first-generation college graduates, find themselves in a unique position: They straddle both the blue-collar and white-collar worlds while not feeling comfortable in either. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_stawickie_straddlers/?refid=0 Sun, 01 Feb 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Fees for public defenders are in hands of high court An assistant Hennepin County public defender on Wednesday asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional a law that charges the poor from $50 to $200 for public defender services. The Legislature passed the law last year to raise an estimated $7 million to partially fund the state's public defender system. The system is struggling under state budget cuts and soaring caseloads. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/03_stawickie_fees/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2003 12:57:00 -0600 Take a tour of the nation's airport parking rates A Flash presentation to portray the rising long- and short-term parking rates at the nation's hub airports. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/28_stawickie_parkingflash/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2003 17:32:00 -0600 Please take the ticket: The cost of Twin Cities airport parking compares favorably On this the busiest of holiday weekends, many air travelers leave their cars at the Minneapolis-St.Paul airport's long-term parking lot. At $14 a day, the price of parking for a long vacation can seem like a small fortune. But what appears to be a high price to pay for convenience isn't out of line with other airports around the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/28_stawickie_parking/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 What to do when children commit adult crimes A Ramsey County judge holds a hearing Tuesday on whether a 14-year-old girl should stand trial as an adult on charges she strangled her newborn baby to death. Motions to try juveniles as adults are on the rise. Prosecutors say adult certification is a useful public safety tool, but critics say it should be used sparingly. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/03_stawickie_trying/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's Court of Appeals turns 20 Minnesota's Court of Appeals turns 20 years on Sunday. The Court of Appeals is busy -- 95 percent of the time, it's the court that issues the final ruling on a case. And unlike other courts, the 16 judges must rule within 90 days, the shortest deadline of any appellate court in the nation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/31_stawickie_appeals/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Attorneys remember man who changed legal landscape for the poor The phrase is commonplace during arrests -- &quot;You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you free of charge.&quot; But that wasn't always the case in the American legal system. Before a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1963, states weren't required to fund public defenders. So many poor people accused of crimes were forced to defend themselves in court. Members of the Minnesota Bar held a celebration Thursday recognizing the Gideon Ruling at a time when state public defenders have asked for relief from soaring caseloads. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/23_stawickie_defenders/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2003 11:23:00 -0500 Judge speaks out against Congress, Ashcroft The man who recently led Congress to monitor federal judges' sentencing practices says he's disappointed with the &quot;rhetoric&quot; of Minnesota U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson. Magnuson Tuesday sharply criticized policies instituted by Congress and the U.S. attorney general as intimidation against judges over leniency in sentencing. The author of the policies, U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney of Florida, says they were merely meant to hold judges accountable, not to threaten the independence of the court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/22_stawickie_sentencing/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2003 17:14:00 -0500 Trains of the past restored to life There was a time in this country when the lavish way to travel was by train. Even into the late 1950s, people dressed in their finest to travel across Minnesota and the nation. Few of the era's trains exist in working condition, but a group of Twin Cities' volunteers is lovingly restoring some of them back to life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/08_stawickie_trains/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2003 15:26:00 -0500 Convict challenges Minnesota's mental illness standard as unconstitutional At a time when Minnesota is reeling from several highly-publicized killings in which mental illness may have played a role, the state Supreme Court will hear one man's challenge to Minnesota's standard for a not-guilty-by-mental-illness defense. Justices are hearing the appeal of Roger Schleicher who was convicted of killing his best friend because he said Jesus told him to do so. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/05_stawickie_insanity/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2003 01:00:00 -0500 Shooting suspect charged with murder The Hennepin County Attorney's office has filed charges against a St. Paul woman suspected of killing her cousin and wounding an attorney at the Hennepin County Government Center Monday. Susan Berkovitz, 52, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges. The complaint details a woman so angry with her cousin over an inheritance dispute, she plotted for months to commit murder. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/01_stawickie_shootingcharges/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2003 11:38:00 -0500 Supreme Court OK's boat searches A divided Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled game wardens may inspect fishing boats without probable cause that an angler is violating fishing regulations. However, a dissenting justice said the ruling opens the door for warrantless searches by any police officer on the mere suspicion that the individual is, has, or will hunt or fish. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_stawickie_boat/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2003 18:14:00 -0500 Ashcroft defends Patriot Act U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told a crowd of about 150 Minnesota law enforcement officials on Friday that America is winning the fight against terrorism. In the past month, Ashcroft has visited more than dozen cities around the nation, drumming up support for the Patriot Act and brushing off criticism that the act threatens civil liberties. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/19_stawickie_ashcroft/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2003 11:22:00 -0500 Supreme Court orders reporter to name anonymous sources Ruling 5-2 in a closely watched media case, the Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a reporter to reveal the names of confidential sources who a discharged school football coach claims defamed him. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/11_stawickie_sources/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2003 13:47:00 -0500 Governor now wants to keep Andreotti file secret Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office has switched positions on whether to release publicly an investigative file about the former head of Minnesota's National Guard, Eugene Andreotti. An attorney representing the state told a Ramsey County judge Friday that the governor's office now agrees that complaints in the file should remain sealed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/22_stawickie_andreotti/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2003 12:31:00 -0500 Minnesota judges help Kosovo find justice Some Twin Cities area judges say they have a renewed passion for the American justice system after serving as the first U.S. judges to take part in the United Nation's mission in Kosovo. Judges from Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota counties ruled on cases too sensitive for local judges: war crimes, ethnic disputes and organized crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/10_stawickie_kosovo/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota could get death penalty case Death penalty opponents say U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is seeking capitol punishment in jurisdictions that have historically opposed the death penalty. Minnesota hasn't had a death penalty case in nearly 100 years. But some attorneys say Minnesota could be the next in line for a federal death penalty case. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/07_stawickie_executions/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Church argues for restraining order on concealed carry law At least 13 congregations of various faiths asked a judge on Thursday to allow them to opt out of portions of the newly-enacted concealed carry law. The churches asked for a temporary restraining order, arguing that the law infringes on their rights to ban guns on all of their property, including parking lots. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/29_stawickie_gunfight/?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2003 16:46:00 -0500 Church files lawsuit over conceal carry law An Edina church sued the state Tuesday, asking to have portions of a new handgun permit law declared unconstitutional. Church officials say the law infringes on the Minnesota Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/20_stawickie_gunlawsuit/?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2003 13:50:00 -0500 Capping the cost of pain and suffering A medical mistake has propelled a Wisconsin woman into the national debate over lawsuits on pain and suffering. Linda McDougal, who underwent an unnecessary double mastectomy at at a St. Paul hospital, is campaigning against a federal move to cap lawsuit damages on pain and suffering. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/25_stawickie_paincap/?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2003 07:59:00 -0500 State Supreme Court limits vehicle searches The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled police must suspect a motorist has committed a particular crime before asking for consent to search a vehicle following a routine traffic stop. Hennepin County's chief public defender had argued such search requests were racial profiling tools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/01_stawickie_supcosearch/?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2003 18:13:00 -0500 First 'probable' case of SARS reported in Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Health has identified its first probable case of SARS, an illness that's killed more than 260 people and infected more than 4,300 worldwide. State health officials say a Ramsey County boy may have acquired the illness while visiting the Toronto area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/25_stawickie_sars/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2003 10:17:00 -0500 Puckett acquitted of assault charges A jury cleared former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett of all charges Thursday in the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a restaurant bathroom last September. It took the jury of six men and six women parts of two days to sort out two vastly different accounts of what happened late the night of Sept. 5 at the Redstone American Grill in suburban Eden Prairie. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/03_stawickie_puckett/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2003 15:23:00 -0600 Puckett prosecutor stresses eyewitness testimony against ex-Twin The prosecutor in Kirby Puckett's sexual assault trial asked jurors Wednesday to give great weight to a witness's testimony that he saw the former Twins star drag a woman into a restaurant bathroom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/02_stawickie_puckett/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2003 10:47:00 -0600 Puckett's accuser denies flashing incident The woman who accused former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett of dragging her into a restaurant bathroom and groping her denied Tuesday that she exposed her breasts to another man earlier that night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_ap_puckett/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2003 13:36:00 -0600 Puckett denies forcing woman into bathroom and groping her Former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett denied Monday that he dragged a woman into the men's room at a restaurant and groped her, insisting instead that he was being a gentlemen by offering to escort her. The Hall-of-Fame ballplayer gave a markedly different account than his accuser did of what happened the night of Sept. 5 at Redstone American Grill in suburban Eden Prairie. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/31_stawickie_puckett/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2003 16:29:00 -0600 &quot;Target Market&quot; targeted to disappear Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been clear that he intends to use the three anti-tobacco endowments to help bridge the state's more than $4 billion deficit. The Legislature must still approve the plan, but using money from the state's tobacco settlement is likely to pass if other states' actions are indicators. While the governor says there will still be money appropriated for helping those addicted quit smoking and preventing others from starting, there's one group that'll disappear: &quot;Target Market,&quot; a program for teenagers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/31_stawickie_tarmarket/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Witness says he saw Puckett drag alleged victim into bathroom A witness testified Friday that he saw former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett drag a woman into a men's bathroom at a restaurant, and that she appeared terrified when she came out moments later. Puckett, the Hall of Famer whose playing career was cut short by blindness in one eye, is charged with false imprisonment, a felony; fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor; and fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/28_stawickie_puckett/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2003 12:38:00 -0600 Puckett's accuser describes violent attack The woman who accused former Twins star Kirby Puckett of sexual assault testified Thursday that she was terrified and tried to escape as Puckett dragged her into the men's bathroom at a suburban restaurant. As Puckett's trial opened, his accuser was the first witness called by prosecutors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/27_stawickie_puckett/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2003 14:58:00 -0600 Court of Appeals overturns immigrant license rules The Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned rules Tuesday that allowed law enforcement to track foreign visitors through special driver's license markings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/11_stawickie_driverslicense/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2003 16:17:00 -0600 Testing the waters on boat searches The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on a case that pits the state's right to regulate fish and game against an individual's right to privacy. An assistant county attorney asked Minnesota Supreme Court justices to throw out a lower court ruling that bars conservation officers from searching boats without probable cause. But an angler argued such inspections violate constitutional protections against illegal searches. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/10_stawickie_boatsearch/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2003 16:00:00 -0600 Inna's appeal Immigration attorneys say U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's actions in streamlining the Board of Immigration Appeals are also streamlining due process rights for foreign nationals facing deportation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/14_stawickie_immigration/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2003 10:02:00 -0600 Josephine's home Some attorneys say a recent lawsuit may be needlessly frightening seniors into the mistaken impression that the government can simply remove them permanently from their homes against their will. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/24_stawickie_elderly/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2003 13:05:00 -0600 Small carriers, private pilots prepare to shove back against Northwest Northwest sued the Metropolitan Airports Commission Dec. 13, alleging the MAC subsidizes the six small Twin Cities airports too generously and it's time the &quot;reliever&quot; airports pay their own way. But some tenants at the small airports say reliever airports were never meant to be self-sufficient. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/28_stawickie_relievers/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Driver's license changes challenged A coalition of groups opposed to new driver's license rules tells the Minnesota Court of Appeals the rules are unconstitutional and discriminate against immigrants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/12_stawickie_licenses/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2002 18:00:00 -0600 Putting state court power behind tribal court orders American Indian tribal and Minnesota state court judges are asking the state Supreme Court to adopt a new rule that would formally put state court enforcement power behind tribal court's civil judgements. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/12_stawickie_tribaljustice/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2002 04:00:00 -0600 State DNA test kit on trial At least 50 convictions for crimes such rape and murder are on hold pending a Minnesota Supreme Court decision expected in the next few months on the state's use of a DNA test kit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/28_stawickie_supco/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Nov 2002 07:00:00 -0600 Court orders new absentee ballots Minnesota's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered local election officials to send out new absentee and supplemental Senate ballots to people who ask to change their Senate vote in the wake of Sen. Paul Wellstone's death. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/31_stawickie_supco/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Federal screeners take over at Twin Cities International Airport All passengers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are now screened for weapons by federal workers. The change from screeners employed by private firms is part of a government mandate to boost security at the nation's airports by Nov. 19. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/23_stawickie_screeners/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2002 16:30:00 -0500 Choosing Minnesota's attorney general Minnesota's race for attorney general has been relatively quiet. Except for a couple of press conferences by the Republican challenger, the campaign rhetoric has registered only a whisper compared to the roar of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. Still, the state's top attorney wields an enormous amount of power. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/18_stawickie_agprofile/?refid=0 Sat, 19 Oct 2002 08:00:00 -0500 Drug offenders could be banned from crime areas Hennepin County prosecutors are asking judges to bar some convicted drug dealers from returning to the Minneapolis neighborhoods where they committed their crimes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/15_stawickie_crime2/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Security at Hennepin County building debated for years At a time when the nation remains sensitive to security concerns, one of the Twin Cities urban courthouses allows essentially unfettered access to its adult courtrooms. Hennepin County is one of the few metro courthouses in the country that has not enhanced security with metal detectors and entrance screening. Officials say securing the building would be a difficult and costly proposition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/30_stawickie_courthouse/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2002 12:20:00 -0500 Minnesota's September 11 The effects of the Sept. 11 terror attacks rippled throughout the United States. But the attacks cast an especially long shadow over Minnesota, and in some unexpected ways. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/09_stawickie_chronology/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Groups file suit against immigrant licenses Several groups are appealing a judge's order they say discriminates against immigrants and foreign visitors who apply for state driver's licenses. The groups filed a case with the state court of appeals Monday, arguing the new rules are unconstitutional. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/22_stawickie_licenseappeal/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Bench vacancy to be filled by voters, not governor The Minnesota Constitution says voters should elect judges, but if a vacancy occurs because a judge retires or resigns before his or her term ends, the governor fills that seat by appointment. That is, until Judge Eugene Atkins announced he'd resign one day before his term ends. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/17_stawickie_scottjudge/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Supreme Court overturns speech restraints on judge candidates The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Minnesota's rule that limits what judicial candidates may say during their election campaigns. By a vote of 5-4, the high court said the state's well-intentioned ethics rule imposed an unconstitutional gag order. That rule banned judicial candidates from announcing their views on political and legal issues likely to come before the court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/27_stawickie_scotus/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Hatch's tobacco ties questioned on eve of court fight Attorney General Mike Hatch says Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco, created with proceeds from the state's tobacco trial settlement, has squandered the public's trust and failed to help smokers quit. Critics say Hatch's court fight to dismantle the group shouldn't be a surprise, he hasn't maintained the distance from tobacco lobbyists that his predecessor did. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/16_stawickie_tobaccomoney/?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Weighing the cost of free speech in judicial campaigns The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule at any time on a case which could dramatically change the tenor of judicial campaigns in at least 30 states including Minnesota. How might Minnesota's campaigns change if the high court allows judicial candidates to speak their minds on legal and political issues likely to come before the court? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/13_stawickie_wersalworld/?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The E-Courtroom In Sherburne County, the state court system takes a first step by unveiling its first E-courtroom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/07_stawickie_newcourt/?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 U of M investigates fan riot Minneapolis police say they arrested 23 people for disorderly conduct and vandalism during Saturday night's melee at the University of Minnesota. They say six officers were injured. Rambunctious fans smashed street lights, jumped cars and set fires after the men's hockey team won the NCAA championship. The university is still trying to tally up the damage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/08_stawickie_riot/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Supreme Court to decide separation of clergy and counselors Should ministers who act as secular counselors be liable for negligence? The Minnesota Supreme Court is deciding that question. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/04_stawickie_scomin/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Former appellate judge pleads guilty Former Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Roland Amundson pleads guilty to swindling vulernable adult out of $313,000. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/01_stawickie_amundson/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Colleagues, friends try to make sense of Amundson's fall Former Court of Appeals Judge Roland Amundson's attorney says his client, charged with swindling a woman, suffers from depression. Can depression lead an otherwise law-abiding citizen to break the law? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/01_stawickie_rollycourt/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 When should Minnesota's judges speak? The United States Supreme Court considers a Golden Valley attorney's challenge to a Minnesota ethics rule. That rule bars judicial candidates from announcing their views on political and legal issues likely to come before the court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/25_stawickie_Wersal/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Court's credibility damaged by Amundson, judges say Resigned Court of Appeals Judge Roland Amundson is expected to plead guilty to swindling a vulnerable adult out of $313,000. While Amundson's lawyer says his client will repay the money he stole, repairing damage to the court's credibility may not be so easy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/12_stawickie_judge/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Appellate court judge charged with swindling woman Charges against a former Court of Appeals judge detail a man who has swindled more than $300,000 from a vulnerable adult's trust fund. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/26_stawickie_coajudge/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Ethics debate: Should lawyers go into business with other professions? The Minnesota State Bar has asked the State Supreme Court to lift an ethics rule that would allow lawyers to go into business with other professions. The issue is a controversial one that some say strikes at the heart the legal profession's independence. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/19_stawickie_lawyers/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Finding justice in a tragic end A judge and a grieving mother find a way to start mending a rift between two southeastern Minnesota towns after an 18-year-old man tragically loses his life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/18_stawickie_arbitration/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Panel set to hear coverage complaints A first-of-its-kind independent appeals committee to hear disagreements over Blue Cross Blue Shield mental health coverage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/02_stawickie_bcbsappeals/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Debate: Should felons vote? Civil rights groups across the nation are challenging laws that ban convicted felons from voting. They argue the laws are outdated, racist and dilute the voting strength of people of color. Such laws vary widely from state to state. In Vermont, prisoners may vote. In Florida, convicted felons lose the right to vote permanently. Convicted felons may vote only after they've served their sentences and completed probation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/17_stawickie_felons/?refid=0 Sat, 17 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Powdery substances raises concerns on Northwest flight Vermont health authorities are ordering 60 people connected with a Northwest Airlink flight to receive <i>precautionary</i> antibiotic treatment following a ssuspicious substance that appeared in the plane's cargo hold. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/18_stawickie_anthrax/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 An Afghani perspective Those who grew up in Afghanistan and now live in Minnesota, have a unique perspective given the current state of affairs. Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Stawicki recently talked with some Afghanis living in the Twin Cities about the military conflict and how the United States can fight terrorism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/09_stawickie_afghanis/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Supreme Court to decide whether jurors can ask questions at trials The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday about whether allowing jurors to ask questions violates a defendant's right to a fair trial. The arguments stem from a Blue Earth County case two years ago when Judge Norbert Smith invited jurors to question witnesses and the defendant. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/04_stawickie_supco/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Behind the veil: The effect of open child protection hearings studied A national court research organization has found that opening child protection hearings and records to the public has had virtually no major effect in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/28_stawickie_chips/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 An attack on privacy As the nation struggles to come to grips with terrorism on its own soil, some legal scholars worry that Americans will be too willing to relinquish some of their civil liberties in hopes of a more secure society. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/24_stawickie_privacy/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Airport closed in wake of attacks Northwest Airlines has suspended all flights in and out of the Twin Cities, at least for another day. This follows the FAA shutdown of Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport. Passengers arriving in the Twin Cities Tuesday knew nothing of the New York and Washington attacks until they joined crowds of people gathered around airport television monitors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/11_stawickie_airport/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Campaign 2001: Gore stumps for Sayles Belton Former Vice President Al Gore refused to answer questions about his political future, during a stop Monday in Minneapolis. Gore was the keynote speaker at a campaign fundraiser for Mayor Sharon Sayles-Belton. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/03_stawickie_gorebelton/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Consulate Call Mexican National in Minneapolis uses 1963 Vienna Convention in defense. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/31_stawickie_consulate/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Judges judged on behavior Typically in courtrooms, it's the judges who do the observing, the evaluating of other people's behavior. But in Hennepin County, judges are subjecting themselves to scrutiny. The judges have asked independent observers to critique their courtoom conduct in hopes of improving the fairness of the justice system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/28_stawickie_alertjudges/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Revved up over Pontiacs Automobile enthusiasts from around the nation have brought their show cars to Red Wing this weekend for the national Pontiac owners' convention. This year is special because the brand is celebrating its 75th anniversary. To call these car owners <i>enthusiasts</i> is an understatement. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/20_stawickie_pontiac/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Words of the Past http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/02_stawickie_ojibwe/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Judge steps onto Legislature's turf Judge Lawrence Cohen says he will sign an order mandating the funding of core functions of state government in the event of a shutdown. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/29_stawickie_judge/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Blue Cross Blue Shield agrees to cover mental health costs The state attorney general's office has settled its lawsuit with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. The AG's office filed suit last October accusing the insurance carrier of illegally and systematically denying mental health coverage to children and young adults. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/19_stawickie_bluecross/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Law School Honors Walter Mondale The University of Minnesota Law School officially named its home "Mondale Hall" Thursday, for the school's most acclaimed alumnus. Walter Mondale has been a U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Vice President, U.S. Senator and Minnesota Attorney General. But virtually nothing has been written about Mondale's time at the University of Minnesota Law School, and how his education and contacts there shaped his future, and ultimately the future of Minnesota and the nation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/17_stawickie_mondale/?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Crazy Horse Dispute Settled The descendants of the Lakota leader Crazy Horse have settled a defamation lawsuit over the use of his name in the marketing of Crazy Horse malt liquor. Crazy Horse's descendants filed suit eight years ago, trying to stop beer makers from using the chief's name on an alcohol product that was distributed to 32 states. The opposition to Crazy Horse malt liquor came in part, because Crazy Horse had denounced the introduction of alcohol to American Indians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/26_stawickie_crazyhorse/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Poll: Minnesotans Favor Cracking Down on Drunk Driving A new poll finds most Minnesotans support stiffer penalties for drunk drivers. The Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Press Poll finds more than half of respondents want to lower the legal blood alcohol level to .08. They also support raising the penalty for multiple DWIs to a felony. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/16_stawickie_poll/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Dangers of the 'Perfect Holiday' Holiday advertisements dictate that this season is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. If you're not happy now, the ads imply, there must be something terribly wrong because everyone else is enjoying the warmth of friends, family and co-workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/20_stawickie_blues/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Female Lawyers Hitting 'Glass Plateau' The number of women attorneys in Twin Cities law firms is growing. But women still lag far behind their male counterparts in positions of power. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/18_stawickie_womenlawyers/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 One-Hundred Years of Law St Paul native Warren Burger, the 20th-century's longest-tenured U.S. Supreme Court chief justice once said he could not have gone to law school if it wasn't for the night classes at William Mitchell. Burger was among those who took advantage of the law school's friendly stance toward untraditional students. The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/24_stawickie_mitchell/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Voice of the Accused Is Silenced Friends of Hennepin County Chief Public Defender William McGee are remembering him as a man who championed the underdog, was cool under fire and never gave into vindictiveness. McGee died Monday of lung cancer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/14_stawickie_mcgee/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Rare Color in the Buttoned-Down World It's an often-cited complaint: voters say they don't know anything about the candidates running for Minnesota Supreme Court, even though it's one of the most powerful positions in the state. Four Supreme Court seats are up this election. Two candidates are involved in the most colorful match-up, the race between Justice James Gilbert and challenger Greg Wersal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/02_stawickie_judicial/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Policing the Law As more people jump on the Internet, more Web sites offer services of all descriptions. But where legal advice is concerned, it's best to know who's behind the curtain. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/05_stawickie_lawweb/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Are the Benefits of Surveillance Worth the Price? The courts have to strike a delicate balance between the competing forces of an individual's right to privacy and, the need for a safe society. In the debate over privacy rights, one thing is clear: there's a benefit to be gained from losing privacy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/15_newsroom_privacy/01_stawickie_privacyandthelaw/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 For The Record Minnesota's legal community celebrates 150 years with a book that reveals the fascinating history of a seemingly straight-laced profession. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/13_stawickie_fortherecord/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Waiting for a Home The life of a foster child usually includes moving from home to home. Now, a new program in Minnesota aims to give kids what they need most: parents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/16_stawickie_foster/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The All-Purpose Bar Every other business seems to be diversifying by merging with other businesses, why not lawyers? Because it could hurt you, critics say. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/06_stawickie_bar/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Tough Times for the VFW As it marks its 100th anniversary, the VFW membership is in decline. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/31_stawickie_vfw/?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Is the Smoking Lamp Out in Minnesota? One year ago, the tobacco industry suffered its biggest legal setback in history. MPR's Elizabeth Stawicki looks back and what's happened since. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/07_stawickie_tobacco/?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 End of the Line U.S. Supreme Court settles a simmering feud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/24_stawickie_treaty/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Don't Say That! Legislature considers repealing a gag rule on lawyers. They can't talk about ... seat belts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/23_stawickie_seat/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Revisting &quot;Janet's Children&quot; More than two years ago, we followed the story of a woman who was about to lose her children. Find out what happened, and why. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/25_stawickie_janet/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Baseball Dispute Goes to Court Threatened Twins move spawned Attorney General investigation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/03_stawickie_baseball/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Children's Report Card Six months ago, Minnesota opened child protection court hearings to the public. MPR's Elizabeth Stawicki finds mixed results. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/26_stawickie_opencourt/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Hatch Targets Insurance Companies The Attorney General vows a crackdown on insurance company practices to raise the premiums of drivers with poor credit ratings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/22_stawickie_credit/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Attorney General Race Tightens Candidates focus on different roles of powerful and far-reaching office. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/26_stawickie_attorneygen/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's Tobacco Trial: A Summary The tobacco trial ran for over three months. Here's an outline of what happened. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/08_stawickie_history/?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Tobacco Trial Opens in St. Paul Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield face off against the tobacco industry in a case of national significance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/19_stawickie_tobacco/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Vanished Indian Insane Asylum Still Casts Shadows From 1902 - 1933, a federal asylum in Canton, SD housed Indian troublemakers along with the afflicted. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/09_stawickie_asylum/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Janet's Children Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Stawicki examines Minnesota's recently enacted parental custody laws through the story of Janet, crack addict and mother of seven. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199610/01_stawickie_janetschild/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 1996 12:00:00 -0500