Ask Dr. Hallberg: New vitamin D guidelines The Institute of Medicine panel just revised the recommendations for taking vitamin D supplements and calcium. The panel now recommends lower daily doses of both supplements.3:53 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.4:44 p.m.
U of M shuts down campus over holidays to trim costs For the first time, the University of Minnesota will shut down its campuses across the state over the winter break. Finding ways to save money during the sleepy holiday schedule is part of the school's effort to trim its more than $3 billion annual budget.4:50 p.m.
John Gunyou on state's projected $6.2 billion shortfall To get a bit more perspective on today's budget forecast, which projects a $6.2 billion budget shortfall in the 2012-13 fiscal years, we've called John Gunyou, former state finance commissioner under Republican Gov. Arne Carlson.5:10 p.m.
Frivolous ballots in the spotlight As the hand recount continues in the Minnesota governor's race, the State Canvassing Board plans to meet Friday afternoon to talk about thousands of ballot challenges local officials have determined to be frivolous. The vast majority of the "frivolous" challenges have come from the Republican side.5:25 p.m.
Ask Dr. Hallberg: New vitamin D guidelines The Institute of Medicine panel just revised the recommendations for taking vitamin D supplements and calcium. The panel now recommends lower daily doses of both supplements.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Russia, Qatar To Host 2018, 2022 World Cups
Two surprise decisions were issued in the world of international soccer on Thursday. The sport's governing body, FIFA, decided the 2022 World Cup will be held in the tiny Persian Gulf country of Qatar. It beat the likes of Australia, Japan and South Korea as well as the U.S. to hold the first international sporting event of this size to take place in the Middle East. And the 2018 decision was another surprise -- Russia will hold that competition, beating such soccer luminaries as England, Spain and the Netherlands.
FIFA Faces Growing Corruption Allegations
FIFA's announcement Thursday was held amid a fair amount of scandal and controversy. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Stefan Fatsis, our regular sports contributor, about the brewing allegations of an organization steeped in corruption.
Hate Crime Statistics Lack Key Facts
Each year, the FBI releases statistics for hate crimes across the U.S., and they recently issued their report for 2009. What the statistics tell us and just how useful they are is a subject of debate among experts. Some say the data collected isn't always an accurate reflection of the hate crimes committed each year, and that the usefulness of these statistics in preventing future hate crimes is limited.
Gates, Mullen: Time To Repeal 'Don't Ask' Is Now
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, testified before a Senate committee on Thursday. The subject: the Pentagon study of "don't ask, don't tell," the law barring gays from serving openly in the military.
So Far, Miami Heat Aren't So Hot
The Miami Heat aren't the dominating team basketball fans expected, at least not yet. They're just two games over .500, and have played poorly against teams with winning records. Cohesiveness has been lacking, and there are also signs of team turmoil and frustration. Star guard Dwyane Wade has been in an early slump, and superstar LeBron James is having some difficulty adjusting to his new environs. Did he intentionally "bump" his head coach in frustration during a loss last weekend?
Care At Home: A New Civil Right
Traditionally, who lives in a nursing home has been seen as a matter of health. But new health reform law and a U.S. Supreme Court decision say people have a right to get their long-term care at home.
3 Ways Of Looking At Government Debt
With a debt crisis in Europe, and President Obama's debt commission in the news in the U.S., we compare the debt picture in the U.S. and Europe. Short term: Pretty different. Long term: Not so different.
Expiration Of Benefits Takes Toll On Unemployed
With Washington focused on deficit reduction, there's a lot less political support for extending unemployment benefits for Americans who remain out of work. Some people who have lost their benefits say they've changed their outlook on jobs and government aid.
Negotiators Seek Tax Deal As House Passes Bill
In the waning weeks of the Democratic Congress, lawmakers are making their argument about tax rates -- that they should be kept low for most working families, but allowed to rise for top-income earners. But don't let Thursday's show on the House floor distract you from what's really going on. Behind closed doors, negotiators continue to work on a more realistic deal for the post-midterm world -- a deal far more to the liking of newly empowered Republicans.