Business

12:03pm

Thu August 6, 2015
Shots - Health News

Patients In Iowa Worry About Private Management Of Medicaid

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 11:13 am

Brenda Hummel and her 7-year-old daughter Andrea in their home near Des Moines, Iowa. Andrea was born with severe epilepsy and gets her health care through Medicaid.
Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio

Brenda Hummel's 7-year-old daughter Andrea was born with severe epilepsy. Like many children with significant diseases or disabilities, she has health insurance through Medicaid. Hummel navigated Iowa's Medicaid resources for years to find just the right doctors and care for her daughter. But now Iowa's governor, Republican Terry Branstad, is moving full speed ahead with a plan to put private companies in charge of managing Medicaid's services, and that has Hummel worried.

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9:17am

Thu August 6, 2015
The Two-Way

Suez Canal Expansion Opened With Pomp And Ceremony

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 12:31 pm

An army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt, on Thursday.
Amr Nabil AP

Egypt has completed a major expansion of the Suez Canal after a furious year of construction, opening the new 22-mile cut in a third of the time that was initially forecast.

The $8.5 billion expansion allows two-way traffic and deepens and widens portions of the existing channels to accommodate larger vessels. Before the new construction, about 50 vessels a day transited the 146-year-old canal linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

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7:00am

Thu August 6, 2015
All Tech Considered

Tesla Model S Can Be Hacked, And Fixed (Which Is The Real News)

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 10:10 am

Hackers say they took control of a Tesla Model S through the car's computers. Tesla Motors says it is updating its systems with a patch to fix the vulnerability.
Tesla Motors

Cars have become computers on wheels. Crash the computer, and you could crash the car.

Two hackers decided they wanted to try doing that with a car that's considered pretty strong in terms of software, not just hardware. They chose the Tesla Model S. And — guess what — they broke in. But that's not the surprising part. The surprising part is how Tesla responded.

The Hack

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5:03am

Thu August 6, 2015
Shots - Health News

On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 2:43 pm

Patient reviews of doctors tend to focus on non-medical issues like wait time, billing and front office staff.
Mahafreen H. Mistry/NPR

Dental patients really don't like Western Dental. Not its Anaheim, Calif., clinic: "I hate this place!!!" one reviewer wrote on the rating site Yelp. Or one of its locations in Phoenix: "Learn from my terrible experience and stay far, far away."

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5:00am

Thu August 6, 2015
Business

A Face For STEM: Online Effort Targets Assumptions About Women In Tech

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 9:45 am

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Over the past few days, the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer has taken off on Twitter. It's a reaction to some negative comments about how female engineers should look. Here's NPR's Sam Sanders.

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5:00am

Thu August 6, 2015
Business

Netflix's Parental Leave Plan Is Groundbreaking — And Unlikely To Spread

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 9:45 am

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5:00am

Thu August 6, 2015
Television

Amazon's New Slate Of Shows Is Ambitious; Its Publicity Game Should Be Too

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 9:45 am

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10:11pm

Wed August 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Cellphone Service Down For Thousands, But Regulators May Never Know Why

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 11:19 am

Tens of thousands of people in the southeastern U.S. went without cellphone service Tuesday for about five hours. For some, that even meant they couldn't call 911.

The outage hit parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. It's not exactly clear what caused the incident. State officials say years of deregulation have made it nearly impossible for authorities to find out details from telecom companies. State regulators say they have no way of knowing if the problem stemmed from neglect of the infrastructure, an accident, or sabotage.

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6:31pm

Wed August 5, 2015
It's All Politics

An Almost-Final Word On The IRS's Alleged Tea Party Targeting

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 7:33 pm

J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration (from left), Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller and former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman before they testified to the Senate Finance Committee in 2013.
Win McNamee Getty Images

In what may be a perhaps-almost-final word on the 2013 IRS controversy and alleged targeting of Tea Party groups, a two-year bipartisan Senate investigation found the agency needs to cut through bureaucratic red tape and institute better communication and management.

But members of the Senate Finance Committee, which issued the report, were largely split along party lines on the question of why the IRS went off the rails.

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6:05pm

Wed August 5, 2015
Business

In PBR's Big Milwaukee Homecoming, The Brewing Giant Goes Micro

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 12:50 pm

Pabst Blue Ribbon was founded in Milwaukee in 1844, where it remained until 1996. Now a hipster favorite, the old-timer is making its way home — back to the very same seven-block complex it left behind.
LaToya Dennis for NPR

Think about Milwaukee, and two things probably come to mind: cheese and beer. And with good reason. The city is built on a foundation of breweries. Among those, the most famous today is Miller — but that's not how it always was.

Established in 1844, Pabst Blue Ribbon was the first of the great Milwaukee brewers and the first beer company to produce 1 million barrels a year. But in 1996, Wisconsin's long-brewing pillar packed up and shipped out of Milwaukee, contracting out the production of its beer to other brewers like Miller.

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