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.
Economic Lookout: Economy picks up With recent polls showing that the economy is one of the biggest issues in the upcoming elections, MPR News is reaching out to contacts in our Public Insight Network to find out how the economy is affecting them.4:49 p.m.
Bilingual workers in demand in cities around Minnesota There is no specific data that show exactly how many bilingual workers there are in Minnesota. And while demand for bilingual employees in Minnesota is far from a trend, there are some customer service jobs where language skills are a plus.5:24 p.m.
What happens to the Princess Kay butter heads after the Fair? With the State Fair ending Monday, you only have a few more days to go to the Dairy Building to see the butter princesses inside the rotating cooler, having their likeness carved into 90 pounds of butter. What happens to those butter heads when the Fair ends?6:22 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Gulf Coast Begins Recovery Efforts After Isaac
There's more misery in the areas south of New Orleans after Isaac. In Plaquemines Parish, several neighborhoods are completely underwater. Some people were even rescued Thursday from rooftops.
Despite Drought, Some Corn Farmers Reap Bounty
For every farmer who is hurting this year during the drought, others are benefiting. Many fields in the South, Northwest and Upper Midwest are producing bountiful corn crops. And because the drought has pushed prices to record highs, farmers who have corn to sell expect a terrific payday.
Ryan's Speech Provides Fodder For Fact-Checkers
Melissa Block talks to Glenn Kessler, who writes "The Fact Checker" column for The Washington Post. He separates the fact from fiction in Wednesday night's speeches at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Ron Paul Supporters Get One Last Shout At RNC
Melissa Block talks to Robert Siegel who is on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Robert reports that around 200 Ron Paul and Rick Santorum supporters say they plan to walk off the floor Thursday night. They are protesting a rule change that they feel hurt them.
Egyptian Leader Stirs Tensions On First Visit To Iran
Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi has urged the Nonaligned Movement to back Syria's rebels, saying the Bashar Assad government has lost its legitimacy. Morsi's speech prompted a walkout by the Syrian delegation. It was also a slap in the face of the summit's host, Iran, which remains a firm supporter of the Assad government.
Pinky DNA Points To Clues About Ancient Humans
Scientists have created a high-quality genome sequence of a girl who lived tens of thousands of years ago. The DNA came from a fragment of the girl's pinky bone that was found in a cave in Siberia. The new analysis gives researchers valuable new data for studying ancient human populations.
Cole Porter Scores An Interracial Couple's Highs And Lows
Listener Melanie Cowart says things were rarely easy for her parents — one of whom was black and one white — in Depression-era Missouri. Porter's "Begin the Beguine," one of their favorite songs, became a fitting symbol of their relationship.
GOP Delegates Say Romney Must Focus On Economy
Robert Siegel talked to scores of delegates of all types to find out what they think Mitt Romney should say in his acceptance speech tonight. The economy and jobs were the most mentioned topics.