Around the Nation
8:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

From 'Death Jars' To Wasps: A Quest To Stamp Out The Stink Bug

The invasive brown marmorated stink bug has become an expensive nuisance for U.S. farmers. It has spread to 40 states and eats about 100 different crops.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:26 am

The brown marmorated stink bug doesn't just smell bad. It's also been causing trouble for homeowners and farmers from New Hampshire to California for the past three years.

No predators are eating the invasive species fast enough to keep it under control, but researchers think they may have found a solution to the stink-bug menace.

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Shots - Health News
8:42 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Medicare Names Best And Worst Hospitals For Joint Replacements

Before you have get a new hip, you might want to check the government's list of best and worst hospitals for the operation.
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Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:58 am

Around a million people get hip or knee replacements a year, and those operations cost Medicare and private insurers a lot of money. For the first time, the federal government is evaluating how good a job individual hospitals are doing.

Medicare has identified 95 hospitals where elderly patients were more likely to suffer significant setbacks and another 97 hospitals where patients tended to have the smoothest recoveries. (It's a long list that you can sift through here.)

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Edward Snowden Seeks 'Permanent Political Asylum'

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 12:24 pm

Updated at 11:04 a.m.

Edward Snowden says "permanent political asylum" will give him the freedom to talk about U.S. surveillance programs.

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State News
6:54 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Gubernatorial candidate, Bill Brady, releases tax returns

A second Republican running for Illinois governor has released his tax returns. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports on with what they show.

When State Senator Bill Brady first ran for governor, four years ago -- he was slow to release his tax returns. It may have been because of what they showed: that in 2008 - he paid no state income tax, and in 2008 and 2009 he paid no federal income tax. Brady, a Bloomington real estate developer, had seen his income drop when the housing crisis hit. His low tax bill became campaign issue for him, like in this ad from his opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn:

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State News
6:28 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Meningitis vaccine soon required for young people in Il

A vaccine that’s already widely used to prevent meningitis will be required for young people in Illinois under a new law. The recently signed law requires Illinois school children to receive the vaccine when entering 6th grade, and to get two doses when entering 12th grade.

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Are In The Rock Hall

Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain in 1993. He took his own life in 1994.
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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 7:23 am

We can stop wagging our tongues about KISS not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall says its 2014 inductees are:

-- Cat Stevens

-- Peter Gabriel

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State News
6:14 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Sen. Durbin takes a look at pet coke issue in Chicago

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois toured parts of Chicago’s Southeast side Monday. He wanted to get a first-hand look at the pet coke issue. IPR'S Michael Puente has more.

Durbin was joined by residents and environmental advocates, as well as U.S. Congresswoman Robyn Kelly and 10th Ward Alderman John Pope. Durbin says he knows the Southeast side has been the home to heavy industry for more than a century. But, he says, that doesn’t mean companies are off the hook when it comes to protecting residents who live nearby.

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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In Senate

It may seem to some like a holiday miracle, but the Senate moved ahead on a bipartisan budget plan Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:09 pm

Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET: Moving Ahead:

The Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.

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Around the Nation
5:45 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Mass. Brothers Not Too Old To Pose With Santa

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:30 pm

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Around the Nation
5:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Seahawks Beat Giants And Surpise Chevy Dealer

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:30 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The Seahawks 23-to-nothing victory over the New York Giants is great news for Seattle, except for the folks at Jet Chevrolet. The Seattle-area dealership pledged to give 12 people $35,000 apiece if the Seahawks shut out the Giants. The car guys never expected to pay up. What are the odds? But just in case, they insured the bet, so they're only out about seven grand.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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