Oregon is one of the states that's furthest along in setting up its health insurance exchange. But the exchange's executive director, Rocky King, still has much work ahead if that state is to meet the federal deadlines that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz checks back in with King about the challenges Oregon faces to finish its exchange by 2014.
Tucscon, Ariz., is probably the best urban area in the country for viewing the stars. Tucson's clear, cloudless skies attract all sorts of astronomy buffs, professional and amateur. NPR's Peter Breslow takes a look at the astronomy culture of the region.
Credit card companies Visa and MasterCard along with major banks have agreed to pay several billion dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by retailers. The deal is one of the largest anti-trust settlements in history. The retailers claimed that Visa, MasterCard and the banks conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit and debit cards. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.
NPR and the Center for Public Integrity reported this week that black lung, the deadly disease that strikes coal miners, is a growing problem again. NPR's Howard Berkes tells host Scott Simon that weak regulation and industry deception thwarted efforts to control the coal mine dust that causes black lung.
President Obama is campaigning in Virginia. He'll be in the suburbs of Richmond and Washington, D.C., Saturday. Friday, the president traveled to the tidewater region of southeastern Virginia, where he continued to make his pitch that he's the best champion for the middle class. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
The small, tight-knit town of West Plains, Mo., was knocked to its knees when one of its brightest and most promising young men went missing overseas in 1944. Now, 70 years later, Sgt. John Hogan's remains have been returned.
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