Pawlenty, Romney discuss Medicare options; Fairview Health System cuts 240 jobs;

Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) and Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) discuss Medicare options, reports the Associated Press. Article

Minneapolis-based Fairview Health System cuts 240 jobs, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Article

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