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Champaign Label Preserved 1890’s Recording Named To National Registry

By Jeff Bossert

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One of the recordings now part of the Library of Congress’ national registry is considered the first ‘hit’ song by an African-American.  A Champaign-based record label is among those who have worked to preserve it.  





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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

This story is part of a reporting partnership between NPR and Kaiser Health News.

By Eric Whitney

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Karl Sutton leaves his mobile greenhouse in Montana. He sells spinach as part of a farmers co-op, and likes that non-profit business model for his health insurance, too.

Many of us know the names of some of the big U.S. health insurance companies — like Blue Cross, Aetna, and Wellpoint. But what about CoOportunity Health, or Health Republic Insurance of New York? These are among 23 new companies started under The Affordable Care Act. They're all non-profit, member-owned insurance cooperatives that were begun, in part, to create more competition and drive prices down.

Categories: Business, Health

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