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.
Low-performing Minn. schools get extra money, with strings attached In Minnesota, 19 schools will split $24.5 million, as part of an unprecedented federal effort aimed at turning around the schools ranked as the lowest performers in the country. The strategy is to focus a lot of money on a relatively small number of schools.5:20 p.m.
Reps. Walz, Ellison on Afghanistan war funding There are more and more questions now over a widening divide in the Democratic party over the President's war policy. When the House of Representatives passed the approval for additional war spending this week, 102 Democrats opposed it.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Arizona Immigration Law Prompts Protests
Michele Norris talks to NPR's Ted Robbins about protests in Phoenix and other parts of Arizona on Thursday. Thousands turned out to demonstrate, as parts of the state's tough new immigration law took effect. The key parts, however, were temporarily blocked by a federal judge on Wednesday.
What's Different Today For Ariz. Illegal Immigrants?
Robert Siegel talks to Cristina Rodriguez, a law professor at NYU, about what's different for an illegal immigrant living in Arizona one day after a federal judge blocked key provisions of the state's controversial immigration law.
Budget Crunch Hits Atlantic City Hard
State and local governments have cut 242,000 jobs since the summer of 2008, and that number is expected to grow as many states face massive deficits. Atlantic City is trying to shore up its finances by firing cops and city workers. Nationwide, these layoffs are causing a drag on the economy.
Island's Recovery May Set Example For Gulf Residents
Galveston, Texas, has endured oil spills and hurricanes. It took 10 months to cap the ruptured well that caused the Ixtoc oil spill in 1979. The aftermath of the spill was compounded by hurricanes and more oil. Decades later, residents have mostly forgotten the trauma and continue to recover, one disaster at a time.
Obama: U.S. Has Long Way To Go In Race Relations
In remarks to the Urban League and in a taped TV appearance, President Obama said Thursday that the Shirley Sherrod firing last week showed how racial tension remains a problem for the nation.
Obama's Relationship To The Black Community
Michele Norris talks to Lester Spence, assistant professor of political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University, about President Obama's relationship to the African-American community.
Beijing Wary Of Rising Tide Of Veterans' Discontent
A seldom-seen aspect of China's ambitious military modernization is the plight of demobilized soldiers who have fallen through the cracks -- and who have Beijing worried. Many veterans are taking to the streets to protest lack of jobs, health care and other benefits.
Spanish Region Bans Bullfighting
This week, lawmakers in the Spanish region of Catalonia banned the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting. Michele Norris talks to Time Magazine reporter Lisa Abend about the ban.
Tokyo Police Club Slows The Pace With 'Champ'
The Toronto band Tokyo Police Club features a group of young, self-taught musicians. Over the years, their energetic sound has evolved from crude beginnings, and music critic Robert Christgau says their new Champ feels more deliberate and thoughtful -- part of a healthy growing process for a constantly evolving band.
Army Report Finds Rising Suicide Rate Among Troops
A new report by the U.S. Army says nine years of war is taking a toll on troops and commanders who aren't trained to look out for clues that a soldier may be suicidal. The study is the result of a 15-month look into the causes of rising suicide rates.