Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:45 p.m.
Closing of Macy's St. Paul leaves big hole; opens new opportunity for downtown Downtown St. Paul will soon have a big hole to fill. Macy's announcement today that it will close its St. Paul store by the end of March will leave the city with 360,000 square feet of vacant retail space. The city's business and political leaders are confident they will be able to fill it -- but with what?5:25 p.m.
After Sandy, Can The Jersey Shore Come Home Again?
The Jersey shore is a part of the region's culture that inspires nostalgia. But post-Superstorm Sandy, there are questions about how to rebuild the places special to many and who should pay. "Is it going to look like what people remember from their childhoods? The answer is no," one mayor says.
White House's 'We The People' Petitions Find Mixed Success
The retro way to get the attention of the White House was to write an op-ed in a high profile newspaper, lobby Congress, or maybe even stage a march on Washington. Today all you need to do is click a few buttons. In 2011 the White House created a petitioning website called "We the People." Petitions that gather 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days receive an administration response. After more than a year in operation, Audie Cornish checks in with Jim Snider, a Harvard fellow who studies democratic reform in the information age, about the site's effectiveness.
Drought Puts The Squeeze On Already Struggling Fish Farms
The year's dry, hot weather forced aquaculturists to spend a lot more to keep their fish healthy and fed. For US catfish farmers, though, already suffering from competition with Asia, the drought has been an especially hard blow.
Increased Payroll Taxes Pinch Some Middle-Class Families
Even though Congress struck a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, taxes are still going to go up for millions of Americans in the new year. That's because payroll taxes are scheduled to revert to where they were in 2010. Most workers will see an increase of 2 percent, which could mean up $100 less each month for some families.
Wind Industry Secures Tax Credit, But Damage May Be Done
Uncertainty over the credit had lingered for a while, causing the industry to put off long-term planning. So while the now-approved tax credit revives prospects for an industry facing tens of thousands of layoffs, don't expect to see many new turbines coming up soon.
E-Vote Hiccups Delay Oscar Balloting
A new online option was meant to make things easier for Oscar voters — but widespread reports of difficulties have prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to extend the deadline.
After Suspenseful Vote, Boehner Recaptures House Speaker Seat
Ohio Congressman John Boehner held onto his gavel after winning re-election as speaker of the U.S. House. Many conservative Republicans had been unhappy with Boehner for going along with the recent fiscal cliff compromise, but in the end most voted for him.