Morning Edition for November 13, 2012
Nov 13, 2012 — Immediately after last week's election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas will have no involvement in running a state exchange either. The moves open the door for increased federal involvement in health care in staunchly Republican territory.
Nov 13, 2012 — Denmark plans to abolish its so-called fat tax after barely a year, citing hardships on business and the poor. And while some Danes might celebrate by spreading on the "toothbutter," other countries are watching closely for signs of whether regulating food works as a way to get people to eat healthier.
Nov 13, 2012 — Irish writer Colm Toibin's novella recounts familiar stories of the New Testament, as seen through the eyes of Jesus' mother. But this isn't the iconic blushing virgin you're used to seeing. Toibin's Mary is modeled after the fierce heroines of Greek tragedies — and she is filled with anger.
Nov 13, 2012 — When Golden Dawn arrived on the political scene three years ago, many Greeks dismissed the party as neo-Nazi thugs. But in June, Golden Dawn won 18 of the 300 seats in Parliament, after campaigning on an anti-immigrant and anti-establishment message. Polls now show the party would double its share of seats if elections were held today.
Nov 13, 2012 — The state estimates that about 325,000 wells have been drilled since the mid-1800s, but the locations of 200,000 of them are unknown. This proves problematic when new wells occasionally intersect abandoned ones, and gas rockets up to the surface in a geyser.
Nov 13, 2012 — The exchanges — one for every state — are not only where people will go to choose plans, they're also where people will go to see if they qualify for help in affording that care. States have until Friday to tell federal officials if they plan to launch their own exchanges.
Nov 13, 2012 — Boardwalks are the commercial anchors of many beach towns. But as a result of Hurricane Sandy, boardwalks in New Jersey towns like Seaside Heights and Belmar lie buckled and shredded. Now, the people there are assessing the damage and figuring out what it will take to rebuild.
Nov 13, 2012 — As the number of shootings goes up, police are making fewer and fewer arrests for those violent crimes, leaving a staggering number of cases unsolved. Police blame a long-standing attitude for the failure to make arrests: you just don't snitch to police.
Nov 13, 2012 — Virtually everyone agrees that allowing the nation to fall off the so-called fiscal cliff would be a bad thing. Government programs would be cut, taxes would rise, and experts say the economy would fall back into recession. And after all that, the nation still would be dealing with a budget deficit.