Canada's Ambassador to the U.S., Gary Doer It's the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Canadian Consulate in the Twin Cities, and Canada's Ambassador to the U.S., Gary Doer, is in town to mark the occasion.4:42 p.m.
Schools on front lines in obesity battle One effort to improve nutrition on school menus is a movement to connect nearby farmers with Minnesota schools to provide fresh vegetables, fruits and meats.4:50 p.m.
Developer Jerry Trooien in tax trouble Prominent St. Paul developer Jerry Trooien is on the hook for millions of dollars in delinquent property taxes, according to two metro counties.5:25 p.m.
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.5:54 p.m.
Haiti Seeks A Home For An Endless Sea Of Debris
One of Haiti's most urgent problems is what to do with the estimated 25 million cubic yards of debris left after the massive earthquake in January. The Haitian government is struggling to find safe sites to dump the rubble, even as more structures are slated for demolition.
In Iowa, Obama Tries To Sell Health Law To Public
The health care bill may be law, but the work is not done. The Senate approved a package of changes to the law on Thursday, and sent it to the House for a final vote. Meanwhile, President Obama was in Iowa today, as part of his campaign to sell the law to the public. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley.
What Calif. Will Gain, And Lose, From Health Law
With the highest number of uninsured in the country, California stands to gain much from the health care overhaul. The changes will take some of the pressure off safety-net health care programs for the poor. And vast numbers of people will have access to primary care for the first time. Medicaid rates will go up, and more people will be purchasing private insurance. But it's not all good news. Some California legislators are concerned that the expansion could exacerbate the state's budget crisis.
Northern Iowa: NCAA Giant Killers
On paper, the University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team doesn't look like it should be in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Coach Ben Jacobson has no stars, he doesn't have to worry that someone will be drafted by the NBA every two years, and he's still searching for talent. But the team toppled the overwhelming favorite in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament when it beat Kansas. Pat Blank reports for Iowa Public Radio.
Vatican Failed To Punish Wisconsin Priest After Abuse
Pope Benedict XVI and other senior Vatican officials failed to punish a Milwaukee priest accused of molesting up to 200 deaf boys, according to a New York Times report published Thursday. Robert Siegel talks to Times religion correspondent Laurie Goodstein about the case.
Remembering Jim Marshall, Iconic Rock Photographer
He fell deeply and irrevocably in love in 1959. The object of his affection? A Leica M2 camera. The late Jim Marshall took his equipment into the jazz and rock scenes of the 1960s and emerged with enduring, intimate images of musical giants.
Your Health Bill Questions Answered
The health bill has been signed into law, and people have more questions than ever: Will my insurance premiums go up? What about pre-existing conditions? How will the government enforce the insurance mandate? NPR's Julie Rovner explains how the new health care law could affect you.
Pentagon Makes It Tougher To Expel Gay Personnel
The Defense Department will change the way it enforces "don't ask, don't tell," the 1993 law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced new procedures that will make it more difficult to force service members out of the military for being gay.
Violence-Worn Republic Wary Of Russia's Promises
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to take a new approach to ending the cycle of violence in the southern republic of Dagestan, where fighting continues between Islamist insurgents and Russian security forces. He wants to improve the economy and create jobs, but how does Dagestan attract investment in what amounts to a police state?
World's Hottest Pepper: The Perfect Weapon?
The Indian military has announced plans to use the world's hottest pepper — otherwise known as the ghost chili — in a new series of smoke grenades used to combat terrorists. NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Joey Prado, owner of Chunky's Burgers in San Antonio, who has been using the pepper in his recipes and says it would make a perfect weapon.