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.4:44 p.m.
In Duluth, reaction to nurses' strike vote is subdued No new contract talks are scheduled a day after 1,300 Duluth nurses rejected contract offers and authorized their union to call a one-day strike against the city's two hospitals. A strike date has yet to be set.5:16 p.m.
Dairy inspector: Raw milk seller's dairy operation unsanitary A Sibley County farmer wants to resume selling unpasteurized dairy products after state officials banned him from selling the products, alleged his farm was the source of E. coli bacteria that sickened eight people. A dairy inspector with the Department of Agriculture, testified Thursday that the farm did not meet state standards for cleanliness.5:50 p.m.
Motive unclear in Superior murder-suicide Police in Superior, Wis., have released details on an apparent murder-suicide. They believe an Iraqi war veteran shot and killed his pregnant wife, 13-month-old daughter and three dogs before taking his own life.5:55 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Scientists Split On Gulf Oil Estimates
The dispute started when the federal government released a report that left the impression that most of the oil was no longer a problem. Some scientists couldn't believe what they were reading. They say between 70 and 79 percent of the oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rep. Markey Challenges U.S. Claims About Gulf Spill
Markey (D-MA) is not altogether convinced of the claims that most of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico has been collected or dispersed. He grilled a panel of government officials about these claims on Thursday and also had pointed questions about the testing of Gulf seafood.
Ex-Pitcher Roger Clemens Charged With Perjury
A federal grand jury indicted former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens on three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury, and one count of obstruction of Congress. Robert Siegel talks to NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about Thursday's indictment, which stems from Clemens' 2008 testimony about his use of performance enhancing drugs.
In Rural Calif., A Debate On How To Save A Hospital
Residents in Modoc County, in the remote northeastern corner of California, will soon vote on whether to tax themselves to save their local hospital. The county has gone broke trying to keep the hospital open, and a fractious debate has erupted in this proudly conservative frontier community over the best way forward.
Short Stories To Die For: The Art Of The 'Obituaries'
Call him creepy, but author Tom Rachman says the liveliest reads are about the dead. Obit lovers insist that the best remembrances are more about life than about death, and Rachman agrees. He recommends The Daily Telegraph Fourth Book of Obituaries — a very British collection of rogue remembrances.
Letters: Teachers And Standardized Test Scores
Robert Siegel reads from some listener e-mails about an interview with Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Jason Felch. Felch explained the paper's publication of public school teachers' names along with their students' standardized test scores. Some of our listeners questioned the value of his reporting.
U.S. Mission In Iraq To Shift To State Department
The U.S. State Department is making plans to expand its mission in Iraq when the remaining U.S. forces withdraw. That is scheduled to happen in 2011. The U.S. Embassy will rely heavily on private contractors, and will open branch offices and consulates in several key locations.
Jobless Claims Raise Questions About Recovery
A new jobless claims report shows employers just aren't hiring. Why? The answer appears to be that consumers just aren't spending, and that means a slowdown in manufacturing and retail hiring. Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist of the Manufacturers Alliance, said Thursday: "Consumers are not spending as much. They are saving more and repaying debt, which is good for the long run but not the near term."