Episode 48

Friday 01-13-2023


January 13th, 2023

1 hr 47 mins 48 secs

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January 11, 2023

MN wants to give drivers license for all, Illinois becomes the latest state to ban assault rifles, and doctors insist on delivering bad news to patients themselves.

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Drivers License for All


A Minnesota House panel is hearing testimony on a bill that would allow people in the U.S. illegally to obtain a driver's license, a long-held goal of immigration advocates that may gain more traction this year in a Democratic-Farmer-Labor controlled state government.

The “Driver’s Licenses For All” bill, sponsored by Rep. Aisha Gomez, DFL-Minneapolis, would remove the requirement for license applicants to provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S. Minnesota created the requirement 20 years ago, barring those without legal status from obtaining a license.

IL Latest State with Assault Weapon Ban


Illinois on Tuesday became the latest U.S. state to ban the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons.

Just hours after the legislation's passage in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the "Protect Illinois Communities Act" into law during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Springfield. Supporters, some of whom were gun violence survivors, erupted with applause and cheers as the governor presented the signed document.

Doctors Want to Give The Bad News


Congress was full of good intentions when it directed the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure patients get their test results as soon as they’re available.

But the implementation of that directive has set off a battle between doctors on one side and HHS and patient advocates on the other, and raised a fundamental question: How should patients get bad news? The debate underscores how medicine’s digital transformation is changing the doctor-patient relationship and upending ingrained practices.

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