Art Hounds: Week of March 19 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.4:44 p.m.
A gym of their own: Somali girls learn basketball In a locked gym on Sunday afternoons in Minneapolis, Somali girls and women are getting together to play basketball. There are no fans or spectators, and they wouldn't have it any other way.4:50 p.m.
Biden touts stimulus package in St. Cloud visit Vice President Joe Biden and several
members of President Barack Obama's cabinet visited a bus garage in central Minnesota today to talk about the middle-class benefits
from the $787 billion economic stimulus package.5:20 p.m.
8.1 percent jobless rate; a glimmer of light? The jobless rate in Minnesota rose again in February, hitting 8.1 percent. That's up more than half a percent from the January reading. The state also lost more than 13,000 jobs.5:24 p.m.
House budget plan increases taxes, cuts spending Democrats in the Minnesota House have released a proposal to erase the state's projected $4.6 billion deficit with a combination of spending cuts, accounting shifts, tax increases and a big shot of one-time federal stimulus money.5:55 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Auto Parts Suppliers Get Federal Help
The Obama administration will use $5 billion in federal bailout funds to help out struggling auto parts suppliers. The swift decline in auto sales has pushed many parts makers to the brink.
Buick, Jaguar Top Dependability List
J.D. Power's latest dependability rankings for cars have Buick and Jaguar at the top. Lexus, which had led for several years, is still in the top five, along with Toyota and Mercury. Automotive columnist Warren Brown offers his thoughts.
Economy Puts Focus On Family Planning
Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics are seeing more patients in their waiting rooms — especially older women and many without insurance. Some are looking for help supporting the children they have, while others are afraid of raising a child they say they can't afford.
House Votes To Expand National Service Programs
The House yesterday passed legislation that more than triples the size of the AmeriCorps program and provides other opportunities for national service. The Senate is expected to pass a similar measure next week. Eric Schwarz, co-founder and CEO of Citizen Schools, talks about how his organization stands to gain.
Letters: AIG Bonuses, Amish Therapy
Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listener responses to a story about AIG bonus payments and the challenges of providing therapy to Amish patients.
Sen. Dodd And The AIG Bonus Loophole
Sen. Chris Dodd inserted an amendment into a February spending bill that allowed AIG to pay big executive bonuses. But the Connecticut Democrat says he did so at the insistence of Treasury officials. Glenn Thrush of Politico magazine unravels the story.
Which Pols Got The Most In AIG Donations?
The Center for Responsive Politics lists the politicians who received the most in contributions from the now-struggling insurer AIG during the 2008 election cycle. No. 1? President Obama (about $104,000) with Sen. Chris Dodd right behind.
China's Stimulus Spending Questioned
The Chinese government has pledged that citizens will get a full accounting of how nearly $600 billion in stimulus donors is being spent. Critics say much of the package will go to inefficient state-owned enterprises, local bureaucrats and wasteful pet projects.
The Birth Of Manhattan? A 'Delirious' Story
Author Eric Kraft describes Rem Koolhaas' Delirious New York as a "sometimes outrageous retroactive manifesto" about architecture and city planning — in short, a book not to miss.
Oakland Group Seeks More Play In School Day
Shrinking budgets and strict academic mandates prompted California schools to cut gym classes and cut back on recess time. Now, an Oakland-based nonprofit is trying to put more focus on fitness.