Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

It was the Friday before a Monday deadline, and federal health officials in Washington, D.C. were working feverishly with their counterparts in Oklahoma to finalize the details of a new state reinsurance program. Emails flew between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington and Oklahoma's Department of Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, the only ACA insurer in the state, was on board . Everything had to be done by Monday, Sept. 25, so the insurance company could...

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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

Four American soldiers were killed in action in Niger this month. Their deaths made a few headlines at the time. But this week they are in the news again, with far more prominence, because of a bitter political debate over presidential condolence calls. The sudden prominence of the soldiers' deaths — but in a way that highlights political tension and factual disputes, rather than honoring of sacrifice — has left some military advocates struggling for words and striving to redirect attention...

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's comments to the family of a fallen soldier, renewal of health care subsidies for CHIP, and inmigration from Puerto Rico.

It was the Friday before a Monday deadline, and federal health officials in Washington, D.C. were working feverishly with their counterparts in Oklahoma to finalize the details of a new state reinsurance program.


The Chicago Cubs have extended their season by at least one more game by belting three home runs and getting strong pitching from Jake Arrieta and the bullpen.

Javier Baez slammed a pair of solo homers and Arrieta pitched into the seventh as the Cubs downed the Dodgers, 3-2. Baez went deep in the second inning, two batters after Willson Contreras opened the scoring with a home run. Baez added a fifth-inning blast to make it 3-1.

Arrieta was terrific in the potential elimination game for the defending champs, holding the Dodgers to three hits while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings. Arrieta's only major mistake was Cody Bellinger's third-inning homer.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Sunny early today, then increasing clouds.  Breezy and very mild.  High in the lower 70's.

Partly cloudy tonight. Lows in the upper 40's.

Sunny and breezy tomorrow.  High in the upper 60's.

Quebec has approved a law that would require citizens of the Canadian province to uncover their faces while giving or receiving any public service — a rule critics say is aimed at Muslim women who wear the niqab or burqa.

It's not your imagination: Tiny tots are spending dramatically more time with tiny screens.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, just released new numbers on media use by children 8 and under. The nationally representative parent survey found that 98 percent of homes with children now have a mobile device — such as a tablet or smartphone.

The night before the fire overtook LeRoy and Donna Halbur, the couple had dinner at their home north of Santa Rosa, Calif., with their eldest son, Dave, his wife, and their two-year-old son. Dave Halbur remembers it as a typical Sunday dinner with his folks.

We "had Chinese food and talked. It was a really nice evening," Halbur recalls.

The fire came through a few hours later in the early morning darkness. By Monday, Dave Halbur had heard nothing from his parents. LeRoy and Donna Halbur were both 80.

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan has indicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law, in connection with leaks last year that appeared to show his family owned offshore shell companies they used for the secret purchase of high-value London real estate.

The Associated Press says "a lawyer for Sharif, who is currently in London, where his wife is receiving medical treatment, entered a plea of not guilty. The former prime minister's daughter, Maryam Sharif, and his son, Mohammad Safdar, attended the hearing and also pleaded not guilty."

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The Baker administration has nominated two Associate Justices to serve in western Massachusetts. 

In 1997, a classic book on the psychology of racism was published called “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? - And Other Conversations About Race”.  Now that book has been updated and rereleased as a 20th anniversary edition and it seems as fresh as the day it was new.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum about the update of her book on race and education in the US.

Plus we’ll spend an academic minute getting an update on the refugee crisis, going all the way back to 400 BC.


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