Retraining for what? Auto ripple effect hits hospitals ... and jobs

DETROIT — “Hospitals brace for next hit” ran the headline in last week’s Detroit Free Press. The article cites soaring patient debt and free care for the uninsured as reasons for hospitals losing money.

Three dead, 38 injured in food plant explosion

GARNER, N.C. – The bodies of three workers missing after an explosion that caused the collapse of the ConAgra Slim Jim plant here have been discovered, according to police. The only victim identified thus far is Barbara McLean Spears, 43, of Dunn, N.C. Her brother, Anthony McLean, 38, told the press that Spears was a veteran of 15 years at the plant and that at the time of her death she was working in the cutting department. Her body was pulled out of the rubble Tuesday night, just before heavy rains forced a night long suspension of search and rescue efforts. The concern was that the torrential downpours could cause further collapse of the unstable structure.