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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 19, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

By Dan Charles

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Wal-Mart is promising to drive down the prices of organic food by bringing in a new company, WildOats, to deliver a whole range of additional products.

It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is promising to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's shelves right now.

Categories: Business, Food

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Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

By Bill Chappell

A relative sits in a gym in South Korea to await news.

Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32. Since the ship sank Wednesday, difficult conditions have complicated recovery efforts; heavy cranes have arrived that can shift the ferry, but officials say they'll wait to use them until they're sure none of the hundreds still missing managed to survive.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Bill to Ban Micro Beads Moving Along in Springfield

By Jim Meadows

Illinois could become the first state to ban plastic micro beads from body cleansers and toothpastes, but that ban would take effect later than proposals elsewhere.






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Illinois Medicaid Applicants Face Long Wait for Benefits

State is Swamped by Applications, Delaying Coverage for Months

CLARIFICATION: The text version of this story has been revised to show that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has a policy of expediting the  processing of Medicaid applications in urgent situations. --- Jim Meadows 4/18/14

By Jim Meadows

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In this Nov. 8, 2013, photo, enrollment counselor Kenya Williams helps Jerome Davis Jr. 36, sign up for Medicaid at the Westside Health Authority in Chicago.

The Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility for Medicaid. The number of applicants for the program in Illinois since late 2013 has overwhelmed state employees --- meaning the wait for Medicaid benefits to begin can take months. 

Categories: Government, Health

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