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.
A closer look at the Vikings ticket-holder survey You might wonder what's got Minnesota Vikings fans all up in arms about the new stadium. It's in the fine print on the survey the team sent to its season ticket holders recently, which suggested they might need to pay several thousand dollars in seat licenses to keep their tickets in the new stadium. Here's a closer look at the Vikings' survey, and how it compares the team to other NFL stadiums with seat license fees.5:23 p.m.
MnSCU aims to link programs to job skill needs If there's one thing Minnesota employers have told state educators they want in today's graduates, it's this: The ability to start working quickly. But they say they can't find enough workers who have the skills to do so. Leaders at MnSCU are asking for additional money in their next budget to better prepare students for the world of work.5:24 p.m.
Israel, Hamas Escalate Tit-For-Tat Strikes
Israeli forces continued air strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip for a second day on Thursday, as the death toll started to rise. Audie Cornish talks to Anthony Kuhn.
Israel Reports Hamas Rocket Strikes Near Tel Aviv
The Israeli air offensive in Gaza has prompted a new wave of Hamas rocket and mortar fire on communities in southern Israel. Three Israelis were killed in Kiryat Malachi this morning. Sheera Frenkel was on the scene shortly after the attack.
Israel's U.S. Ambassador: We're Ready To Send Troops
Melissa Block talks to Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., about the Israeli military's operation in the Gaza Strip. They discuss the possibility of a new ground conflict in Gaza, civilian casualties and Egypt's support for the Palestinians. Oren defends the operation, saying Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket fire. And he suggests Egypt can play a "constructive role" in the conflict.
Fault Lines Form In GOP After Romney Comments
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment that he lost the election because of "gifts" President Obama gave to the poor, young people and minorities are being rejected by some Republicans.
In Rural China, New Leaders Aren't Familiar Faces
Economic progress in China's countryside helps explain the varied reaction to the once-in-a-decade leadership transition. In big cities and online, some derided the process as an authoritarian charade. In rural China, though, there is a reservoir of goodwill and people are more accepting even if they don't know the leaders well.
Woman Who Was Denied Abortion Dies In Ireland
An Indian woman who was 17 weeks pregnant entered University Hospital Galway in western Ireland in severe pain. Doctors quickly determined that Savita Halappanavar was miscarrying, but they refused to perform an abortion for three days. It was only when the fetus showed no signs of life that they removed its remains. By that time, the woman had developed severe blood poisoning and she died soon thereafter.