Arts 101: The Arts Lingo Quiz For the past nine weeks, the bloggers on State of the Arts have been describing fun and interesting terminology used in the arts. Now they've put together an online quiz to see how much you remember.4:19 p.m.
For Dayton, HMO deal one step toward balanced budget The announcement that four large HMOs have agreed to give any excess earnings back to the state will slow spending in health and human services — one of the fastest-growing areas of the state budget.5:17 p.m.
St. Paul musician writes a song a day, for a year It's easier and cheaper than ever to make your own high quality recordings, and local musicians are getting more and more ambitious with their output. A St. Paul singer/songwriter is committed to reaching a formidable goal -- writing and recording a song a day for an entire year.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Budget Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms
A government shutdown looms Friday night as lawmakers try to reach agreement on a budget for this year. House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans want more than the $33 billion in cuts on the table. Democrats say he's backtracking. The makeup of those cuts is another bone of contention. Meanwhile, the House GOP has come up with a one-week stopgap plan that would cut $12 billion — and likely be rejected by the Senate. It's the first, but not the last, big budget skirmish of the year.
Rep. Walsh Talks About Potential Shutdown
Melissa Block speaks to Rep. Joe Walsh, a freshman Republican from Illinois who is also a member of the House Tea Party Caucus, about the budget — and the possibility of a government shutdown.
Violence In Ivory Coast May Soon Be Over
The U.N. and France are negotiating what appears to be the departure of the defiant incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo. He refused to step down after losing re-election in November. Since then, his supporters have engaged in a deadly duel with forces backing Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of that election. Monday, U.N. airstrikes backed by French firepower ratcheted up the pressure on Gbagbo, leading to Tuesday talk of a ceasefire and his negotiated exit. Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who is monitoring events from neighboring Ghana.
Novice Politician, Pop Star Haiti's President-To-Be
Michel Martelly, who is also known as Sweet Micky, has never before held political office. A year ago, the pop musician's campaign was considered by many Haitians to be a long shot, a publicity stunt or a joke. Now Martelly is poised to lead a nation still struggling to recover from the 2010 earthquake.
City Tries To Manage Bad Press Over Budget Issues
The city of Costa Mesa, in southern California, has notified half of its public employees that they'll be laid off in six months. The notices may have led one city worker to commit suicide by jumping off a roof. Now the city has hired a high-priced PR guru to manage the bad press over the city's empty coffers.
What Issues Face GOP Presidential Hopefuls?
President Obama officially launched his 2012 re-election campaign Monday through a Web-only video. What Republican will challenge the president next November is far less clear. Michele Norris talks with Republican strategist Mark McKinnon about the political baggage that the potential GOP field carries — and when we may see other Republicans enter the race for the White House.
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Dwindles Amid Cutbacks
Since 1993, Georgia's HOPE scholarship has given all high school students the chance to go to college as long as they kept their grades up. But recent cuts in the program's funding mean most will no longer qualify for full scholarships.
Manning Marable's 'Reinvention' Of Malcolm X
Marable's life work, published just days after his death, casts Malcolm X's legacy in a new light. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention explores the Muslim leader's personal relationships and encourages a re-examination of his assassination.
Fame, Glory And Laughs In Tina Fey's 'Bossypants'
In Tina Fey's newest book she regales the reader with hilarious tales from her history in theater and television. Comedian Janeane Garofalo says so much of Fey's confidence comes through in Bossypants — and it's not hard to see why her career is so successful.