In the U.S., as we all know, getting basic health care can be financially out of reach for many people who don't have insurance. Some doctors are trying to fill that need by charging patients a flat monthly fee for medical care.
From Oregon, we have story about one of those medical clinics where the doctor is effectively on retainer. Rachael McDonald of member station KLCC reports.
RACHAEL MCDONALD, BYLINE: Steven Kennedy sits in an exam room with Dr. Steven Butdorf. He's getting a physical.
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Opening statements are beginning today in the sex-abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky, the long time assistant football coach at Penn State University. Sandusky denies the charges that he sexually abused 10 young boys over the course of 15 years. The case is being heard in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, just a few miles up the road from Penn State's Campus. NPR's Joel Rose has the story.
And now let's turn to Europe's economic troubles. Over the weekend, finance ministers in Europe agreed to lend a hand to Spain - up to $125 billion, specifically - to save the nation's banks from collapse.
An editorial in Spain's leading newspaper, El Pais, declared we can now imagine a future in which Europe's economic nightmare is behind us. Before this move, there was widespread fear that Spain's banking crisis could have a devastating impact on the global economy. But is the nightmare truly over?
In Spain, one man is trying to make himself and his country healthier. Today's last word in business is: Fat for Charity.
Oscar Rando is selling his body fat for charity.
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Well, not literally. Rondo is losing weight by walking and running the full length of Spain - almost 2,000 miles. Sponsors are donating about three dollars to charity for every gram of fat he loses. And for some perspective, there are 454 grams in a pound.