4:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
NPR Story

Employers Monitor Supreme Court's Health Law Arguments

The Supreme Court won't rule on President Obama's health care case until June. Republicans vow to repeal the law if they win big in November. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to David Greene about how the ruling could affect doctors, hospitals, employers and consumers.

4:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
NPR Story

Michigan Furniture Maker Celebrates 100 Years

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 6:45 am

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DAVID GREEENE, HOST:

Steelcase, the world's largest office furniture maker, is celebrating 100 years in business. But sales of the metal filing cabinets Steelcase is named for are declining - same with cubicles and other large pieces of office furniture.

LINDSEY SMITH, BYLINE: So, as Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith reports, Steelcase says it's changing its identity.

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4:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
NPR Story

Businessman Chosen As Hong Kong's Next Leader

A selection committee in Hong Kong has chosen a former Cabinet chief as the southern Chinese financial hubs next leader. The voters were handpicked by Beijing. Leung Chun-ying's term will start in July.

4:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
NPR Story

Business News

Royal Dutch Shell can't pay the $1 billion it owes Iran because of sanctions imposed on the Middle East country by the United States and European Union. The sanctions have made it nearly impossible to transfer the money. Reuters reports that Shell is trying to wrap up its business dealings with Iran.

4:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
All Politics are Local

Health Care Reform in Rand-Style

It’s not the kind of reform favored by the Obama Administration, but, Kentucky’s junior Senator says health care reform should continue. With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, Senator Rand Paul claims the country will get a better set of reforms.  If the US Supreme Court overturns health care laws enacted a few years ago by Congress, Paul says they’ll get a re-do.

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2:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Room to Grow with City Revenues

Tax money collected by Lexington is coming in right on target.  Still, local officials hope the improving economy will also improve city revenues.  Lexington Revenue Department Director Bill Omara says they’re not as optimistic as they were a few months ago.  “We had hoped that the acceleration of recovery would be more pronounced..and through the holiday season we were very hopeful that that would continue..it seems to have slacked off a little bit or mitigated some,” said Omara.

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12:01am

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Facebook May Not Be So Friendly For Those With Low Self-Esteem

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 8:44 am

Low self-esteem and Facebook aren't the best mix.
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Posting on Facebook is an easy way to connect with people, but it also can be a means to alienate them. That can be particularly troublesome for those with low self-esteem.

People with poor self-image tend to view the glass as half empty. They complain a bit more than everyone else, and they often share their negative views and feelings when face to face with friends and acquaintances.

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12:01am

Mon March 26, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

Supreme Court Word Search: Health Care

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears challenges to the Obama administration's health care law this week, the arguments will be complex, with questions about states' rights, mandatory insurance, and Medicaid.

To introduce those concepts — and to give the rest of us something to do while the court hears six hours of arguments — we offer a word search game. The grid below features many words you'll likely hear this week, as NPR's Nina Totenberg reports from the court.

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12:01am

Mon March 26, 2012
Environment

Pipe Down! That Noise Might Affect Your Plants

Pinon pine trees like this one dominate Rattlesnake Canyon.
Jeff Mitton

Researchers haven't given much thought to the effect of noise and noise pollution on plants. After all, plants don't have ears — at least, not the kind you hear with — so there doesn't seem to be much point. But thanks to ecologist Clinton Francis, that could be about to change.

Francis is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina. But he has spent the past few years in northwestern New Mexico, studying noise pollution in Rattlesnake Canyon.

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12:01am

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

4 Questions That Could Make Or Break The Health Care Law

Does the Supreme Court have the jurisdiction to rule on the constitutionality of the health care law right now? That's the question the justices will consider during Monday's oral arguments.
Adam Cole NPR

It's the hottest ticket in Washington, D.C. Even the flossiest lawyers in town can't get a seat. Senators, congressmen, Cabinet and White House officials are all vying for a place.

At the U.S. Supreme Court, people have been lining up for days, waiting to hear this week's historic oral arguments on President Obama's health care law. The arguments will last for six hours over a three-day period, the longest argument in more than 40 years.

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