SENSE AND CENTSIBILITY How do I deal with medical debt?
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HOME IMPROVEMENT WITH ANDY LINDUS The Down Low on Hot Roofs
Traditionally in the Midwest, homes are insulated with fiberglass or cellulose insulation. However, a newer trend being seen in homes is the use of spray foam insulation. Just as the name implies, thi... Posted on 1/23/13 at 11:10 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Update: Cravaack loses, Bachmann close, Klobuchar wins
Chip Cravaack gained national attention two years ago when he upset long-time U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, but early Wednesday he lost to a congressman who served three decades ago.
Democrat Rick Nolan up... Posted on 11/7/12 at 2:10 AM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE It's the Little Things That Drive You Nuts
Yesterday was one of those days when nothing went right, and I wouldn't have noticed it if it had.
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Minnesota lawmakers begin a weeklong Passover-Easter break Monday afternoon with nearly 7,000 bills left undebated. If legislators were to consider every bill that has been introduced in the current two-year session, they would take 233 votes every weekday until they adjourn in May.
A final vote on health care reform could come as early as today, but Minnesota and North Dakota members of Congress are still generally waiting to find out final details before deciding if they will support the legislation.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty warns Minnesotans that his budget plan will cut a lot of budgets. Democrats said they can accept some cuts but still support a “balanced approach,” which can be defined as a mix of cuts and tax increases. Monday is the day when the real budget discussions begin because Republican Pawlenty then will release his proposals for adjusting the current two-year, $30 billion budget to plug a $1.2 billion deficit. He already has cut $2.7 billion.
Authorities are wondering if there’s a link between more than a half-dozen counterfeit bills discovered in Grand Forks this month.
Nearly all the bogus bills were detected at banks after businesses — including bars, restaurants and a bowling alley — had deposited them, Sgt. Brett Johnson said.
County officials in North Dakota are not of the same mind when it comes to accepting federal stimulus money to help pay for certain economic development projects. Grand Forks County commissioners have declared the county a “recovery zone,” opening the door to more than $30 million, while Burleigh County commissioners have decided against a recovery zone designation and $9 million.
The congressional plans for health care overhaul could mean a major restructuring of Medicare. Dozens of changes are being proposed in hopes of transforming the program from one that rewards doctors for each procedure they do into one that improves people’s health and keeps them out of the hospital.
Tough times mean that debt collectors are talking even tougher. And they will scare you - make no mistake. Brandy Martindale, a mother in Durand, Mich., sums it up well: "They are bullies. That is their company policy."
Most people say they plan to use this year's tax refund to pay bills, deciding in this sour economy to be more frugal with their annual windfall.
Fifty-four percent of those receiving refunds said they intend to pay off credit card, utility, housing and other bills, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released today. That compares with 35 percent who said the same thing a year ago.
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