Weekend festival roundup It's the time of the week we look around the state for what's happening this weekend in our Friday Festival.4:54 p.m.
Officials pledge help after mill closed Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with leaders in Sartell Friday afternoon to discuss the future of the now-shuttered Verso paper mill.5:20 p.m.
Lottery sales going up, even as other gambling goes down The Minnesota State Lottery had a record year. Sales totaled $520 million in the year that ended June 30, topping last year's record by $16 million. For the past five years, lottery sales have been climbing, even as sales of other forms of gambling have gone down.5:23 p.m.
When otters attack Another Minnesota woman was attacked by an otter while swimming last weekend. It was the second attack in a month. An animal expert said the attacks could be due to pressures on otter habitats caused by development.5:52 p.m.
Week In Politics: U.S. Jobs Report For July
Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators David Brooks of the New York Times, and Jennifer Granholm, host of The War Room on Current TV. They discuss the new jobs report.
Rumors Of Doping Swirl Around Chinese Swimmer
What would the Olympics be without a doping controversy? The 16-year-old Ye Shiwen of China blew away the competition on the final lap of the women's 400m individual medley race. Her final 50m was faster than American star Ryan Lochte's final 50m in the men's version of that same race. A longtime U.S. swimming coach called the performance unbelievable. And it's prompted a debate over whether Ye is just the latest Chinese swimmer to excel because of doping.
Annoyed By Tape Delay, Viewers Pry Into BBC's Feed
Frustrated with NBC's live streaming Olympic coverage, a sizeable number of Internet viewers are cracking into the BBC's U.K. coverage. Users outside of the U.K. are blocked, but that can be circumvented with the use of a proxy server. Mitch Stoltz of the Electronic Frontier Foundation talks to Audie Cornish about proxy servers, how they work, and their legality.
Not Always Clear Who's Funding Politics-Related Ads
The presidential campaign air war is already being waged to the tune of $20 million a week. Republican Mitt Romney is benefiting from millions of dollars in ads by so-called social welfare organizations, tax-exempt groups that don't have to disclose their donors.
Wireless Carriers Text 'NO' To Campaign Donations
Political candidates rely on phone banks, direct mail, bundling and other fundraising techniques, but the next big fundraising tool maybe your cell phone. In June, the Federal Election Commission gave the go-ahead for political donations via text message. But cell phone carriers aren't so excited. Audie Cornish speaks with political consultant Erik Nilsson to find out why.
Reviews: 'The Fallen Angel' And 'A Foreign Country'
Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the latest Daniel Silva novel, The Fallen Angel, and a new one by British spy writer Charles Cumming called A Foreign Country are just for reading this summer. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.
Friends With Your Ex? Rashida Jones Understands
Don't be fooled by the title Celeste and Jesse Forever — Celeste and Jesse are getting a divorce. But the weird thing is, they're acting like they're best friends. Rashida Jones co-wrote the film and stars as Celeste. She says in many ways, it's a story about what happens to your first love.
With Annan Out, U.S. Is Pressured To Act In Syria
International Envoy Kofi Annan is quitting and his peace plan for Syria in tatters. So, what will the U.S. and others do now? President Obama has quietly allowed a group to raise money to give to the Free Syrian Army and U.S. diplomats have been trying to get a better sense of the opposition on the ground, offering non-lethal support. Syrian opposition figures complain that these are only small adjustments that won't make a difference amid a rapidly changing situation on the ground.