State asks FEMA to visit flood zone Gov. Mark Dayton toured flood-damaged areas in Duluth today with local and state officials, a day after heavy rains caused widespread flooding.4:48 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.4:52 p.m.
Best Buy workers weigh company's ruin or revival Best Buy's CEO and its founder recently left the company after a scandal. And the retailer has faced lots of criticism that it hasn't done enough to respond to fierce competition from online and bricks and mortar rivals. Some Best Buy employees who spoke to MPR News are still confident in the company's future, while others are planning their exit strategy.5:22 p.m.
Romney To Latino Voters: 'You Have An Alternative'
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed Latino elected officials in Orlando on Thursday. After a primary season in which he talked of "self-deportation" among immigrants and vowed to veto the Dream Act, Romney was greeted skeptically. He said his immigration policy would include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who serve in the U.S. military and green cards for those who earn advanced degrees in the U.S.
California Budget Deal Calls For Deep Cuts
California Governor Jerry Brown has reached the outline of a budget deal with state Democratic leaders. The two sides have been wrangling over deep cuts to social programs. The agreement is just the latest development in the story of California's budget crisis — with negotiations over pension cuts still looming and a November ballot initiative that will ask Californians to raise their own taxes to prevent steeper cuts to the state' schools. Melissa Block talks with Ben Adler of Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.
Al-Qaida Takes To The Hills Of Yemen's Badlands
Yemeni troops, backed by the U.S., say they have retaken the final stronghold of al-Qaida-linked militants in the country's south. But as a visit to the area reveals, the militants' retreat may be a tactical decision, rather than a defeat.
A Fight To The Finish For Tennessee Mosque
The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is done, no one will be able to move in — the latest development in a two-year legal fight over whether adequate notice was given for a public meeting that approved the mosque's construction.
Journal Publishes Details On Contagious Bird Flu Created In Lab
The research paper, which has been under scrutiny for months, publishes the recipe for a potential pandemic: It shows how just a handful of genetic mutations in the bird flu virus H5N1 allow it to spread between ferrets — the lab stand-in for people — through coughs and sneezes.
Kids Get Hands-On With Science In A 'Dream Garage'
As California's public schools have cut back on science programs, Dan Sudran has created the Community Science Workshop Network to help fill the gap. The free workshops let low-income kids play with microscopes and build hot air balloons.
Are Public Universities Still Public?
The recent firing of the president of the University of Virginia brought that public university into the national spotlight. But on Thursday, the Commonwealth of Virginia contributes only seven percent of the university's budget. Many other public universities receive similarly small percentages of their funding from state budgets, which raises the question — how public are our public universities? Robert Siegel talks to Eric Kelderman, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
He'll Retune Your Living Room
Psychoacoustic engineers like Chris Kyriakakis work to perfect the way music sounds in imperfect environments as diverse as symphony halls, your living room and your ears.
Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti
Singer Santi White says her father steered her artistic development by introducing her to the music of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti at a young age.