St. Cloud State hires first female athletic director St. Cloud State University has a new athletic director. Heather Weems is the first woman to hold that position at the school. She's also one of a small number of female athletic directors across the country.4:55 p.m.
Obama calls for 'veterans job corps' during Minn. visit President Barack Obama spent much of today in Minnesota, where he called on Congress to act on his plan to create jobs. Obama focused on one particular item: the creation of a "Veterans Jobs Corps," which would find jobs for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in law enforcement, fire departments and other civilian occupations.5:19 p.m.
The Cube Critics: 'Snow White' and 'The Fairy' This week The Cube Critics, movie maven Stephanic Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr, talked about fairy tales on the big screen as a much darker "Snow White" opens in movie theaters, along with a French art house film about an actual fairy.5:25 p.m.
Groups with offices at Mpls church claim 'botched' fire investigation The fire that destroyed the Walker Community United Methodist Church in Minneapolis disrupted the work of several nonprofit groups that had office space in the building. Some of them blame the city for not allowing them to recover their belongings, and for "botching" the investigation into the cause of the fire.5:44 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New U.S. Jobs Report Sends Dow Sliding
The government's monthly employment report Friday morning was a big disappointment. The economy added just 69,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate ticked up a notch to 8.2 percent. The stock market also reacted negatively to the news.
Week In Politics: Jobs Report, Wis. Recall
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the new jobs report.
Feds Hit Brakes On So-Called 'Chinatown Buses'
This week the federal government shut down 26 bus companies that operate along the I-95 corridor because of numerous safety violations. These buses have become a travel lifeline for immigrants, students and low-income travelers who need to shuttle between New York City and other cities along the East Coast.
Bishops Find Modern Allegories In Mexican War Film
The film For Greater Glory opens Friday around the country. It's the story of the Mexican government's campaign against the Roman Catholic Church in the 1920s. Some Catholic leaders say it's evidence of the threat the U.S. government poses to the church now with issues like birth control that they say threaten religious freedom.
As Greeks Withdraw Cash, Banks Grow Vulnerable
Greek businesses and individuals have been steadily withdrawing euros, which has weakened Greek banks. This trend could be hard to reverse because Greeks fear a departure from the eurozone and a return to the drachma would wipe out much of their savings.
Suu Kyi: Be Wary Of 'Reckless Optimism' In Myanmar
Myanmar's opposition leader, Aung Sang Suu Kyi is expected to ask for more aid and investment in her country in a speech on Friday. Suu Kyi, who is making her first visit outside Burma for 24 years, is due to addresses the South East Asia Economic Forum in Bangkok.
Edwards Verdict: A Case Of Campaign Law Confusion
From the day a grand jury indicted former Sen. John Edwards on six felony charges nearly one year ago, the case drew jeers from election lawyers and government watchdogs. After a mistrial on most counts, the jury foreman says Congress should clarify campaign laws that were at the heart of the case.
No Beer Goggles For Baseball Stadium Brew Prices
The only trend in stadium beer is that prices go up, according to one industry watcher. Analysis by online financial website TheStreet.com found that Marlins Park has the most expensive beer of any baseball stadium. But, ounce for ounce, Miami's not even in the top 10 for expensive beer.