PR Newswire Broadcast Minute for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 General News
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Inauguration airing live on mobile phone, powered by MobiTV

MobiTV brought the historic inauguration to mobile devices, airing President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in live this morning. MobiTV's more than five million subscribers were able to tune in to ABC News Now, CNBC, CSPAN, FOX News, and MSNBC on mobile devices to watch the swearing-in ceremony of the 44th U.S. president and the event coverage, including the Inaugural Ball. Inauguration coverage continues through 10 p.m. tonight with ABC News live coverage of the inaugural ball.

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Hospitals and health systems to cut back on capital spending in 2009

A new report from the Noblis Center for Health Innovation has found that hospitals and health systems across the United States are cutting back on capital spending and unprofitable healthcare services as a result of the economic crisis. The Noblis study assesses the impact of the crisis on the financial health of hospitals and health systems, including utilization, profitability, uncompensated care, philanthropy, and fundraising goals. Operating profitability is a concern for many; more than 56 percent of hospitals and health systems saw a decrease in operating margin over the last quarter.

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AARP: 70 percent believe country has not lived up to Kennedy's inaugural request

Seven in 10 Americans do not believe the country has lived up to President John F. Kennedy's inaugural challenge to "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country," according to a survey released by AARP Create The Good. The poll comes as President Barack Obama called on Americans to renew their commitment to community service. AARP surveyed more than 1,000 adults. Respondents felt that requests for monetary donations (thirty-four percent) have increased more compared with requests for volunteer time (eleven percent).

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Edgar Allan Poe commemorated on 200th birthday with stamp

One of America's most extraordinary poets and fiction writers recently was immortalized on postage when the U.S. Postal Service unveiled the Edgar Allan Poe stamp. The stamp honoring Poe was dedicated at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. The 42-cent first-class commemorative stamp now is available nationwide.

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