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.
Minn. AG sues 6 debt settlement companies The office alleges the companies signed up Minnesota consumers who were having trouble managing their debt, then charged exorbitant fees that often left them in worse financial shape than
when they started.4:50 p.m.
Spokesman: Pawlenty to veto GAMC extension Legislation that extends health care coverage for thousands of the state's poorest residents is on its way to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk, but a spokesman says the governor will veto the bill.5:20 p.m.
GOP's Seifert chooses running mate Republican Marty Seifert has chosen Anoka
County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah as his running mate in his campaign for Minnesota governor.5:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Panel Co-Chair: All Options On Table To Cut Deficit
Erskine Bowles, a co-chair of the White House's new National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, says President Obama has said everything is on the table to cut the federal deficit. His partner, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), is urging the GOP to appoint people to the panel. Obama named the two men to to head the panel on Thursday.
Republicans Under Fire At Conservative Conference
Dozens of conservative luminaries are rallying their troops at the Conservative Political Action Conference, setting their agenda and dishing out criticism of the GOP. It's not that the two sides are splitting up. It's more like they're having an ugly spat.
Letters: Heart, AC/DC
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read letters from our inbox. We hear listeners' reactions to Wednesday's heart transplant story and to the show's Olympic coverage.
Diplomatic Row Deepens Over Hamas Leader's Killing
The Irish and British governments summoned the Israeli ambassadors in Dublin and London to question them about the alleged use of fake British and Irish passports by the killers of a Hamas leader in Dubai last month. Israel says there is no proof its agents were involved in the killing.
Wooing Recruits To Radical Islam Like 'Dating'
NPR News Investigation: A former member of the radical Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir explains the psychology and tactics of enticing new recruits. Although he never met Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bombing suspect, Shiraz Maher recruited people like him.
Cambodia's Fortunes Ebb And Flow Along The Mekong
Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia. But it hasn't always been that way, and the Mekong River has been key to its periods of prosperity. Recovering from 20th century atrocities, the country now faces a new danger: Development is putting the river and its fish at risk.
In New York City, Skee-Ball For Grown-Ups
Skee-Ball is a kids' game played in arcades and beach towns, but that doesn't stop grown-ups from competing. In New York City, the best Skee-Ballers from across the country gathered to roll the wooden balls into the numbered holes. The game isn't played for tickets and trinkets at the national level — the winner gets a trophy and a new kind of stature.
Identical Twins Are Not Truly Identical
Identical twins look alike and share the same DNA, but they aren't completely identical. Some of the differences can be caused by the environment. But a new study says the differences can also depend on which genes are switched on, and which aren't.
Unsex The Oscars — Let The Best Performer Win
Bob Mondello has a modest proposal: Make the Oscars gender-neutral so Sandra Bullock can compete with Jeff Bridges. After all, nobody separates best director from best directress, so why separate actors by gender? And it might even shorten the ceremony.
Officials Probe Austin Plane Crash
In Austin, Texas, a small private plane crashed into a federal office building that housed Internal Revenue Service workers. Initial reports indicate the pilot hated the IRS and may have crashed the plane intentionally.