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.
MNsure 101: Your guide MNsure, the state's online health insurance marketplace, goes live on Oct. 1. We've created an essential guide to help you understand what MNsure is, how it affects you and your family, and how it will change your options for insurance coverage. Can you keep your doctor? We've got that covered, too.4:54 p.m.
Republican Dahlberg enters race to challenge Franken in 2014 An attorney and a 25-year Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq about 10 years ago, Dahlberg, served on the Duluth City Council before being elected to the St. Louis County Board, which he chairs. He joins four other Republicans who hope to run against Sen. Al Franken next year.5:20 p.m.
MNsure roll-out a ripe opportunity for scammers The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, a confusing process for many people, is a dream come true for rip-off artists. Consumer advocacy groups and government agencies are urging consumers to keep their private information to themselves to avoid being victimized.5:52 p.m.
The Millers take the scenic, horse-drawn route Life in the slow lane certainly describes Mike Miller's work. He and his wife Barb own and operate a horse drawn carriage business called The Hitching Company. You can see their rigs many nights on Twin Cities streets.5:56 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Kerry Meets Iranian Foreign Minister For Nuclear Talks
Another round of talks on Iran's suspect nuclear program took place Thursday, this one at the United Nations and, for the first time, at the ministerial level. Secretary of State Kerry and Iran's new Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, will be among those in attendance along with their counterparts from the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Germany. No breakthroughs are anticipated in New York but the talks are expected to reconvene a week or so later in Geneva in search of an accord.
Obama: Obamacare Is 'Here To Stay'
Maryland embraced Obamacare from day one. Next week, the state will launch an ambitious health insurance exchange. President Obama traveled there Thursday to talk about his vision for health care, the law and the middle class.
Republican Tactics Slow Down Obamacare Prep
As Republicans try to figure out how to defund President Obama's health care law, some members of the party are attacking Obamacare on other fronts, too. For example, one House committee is investigating groups that were contracted to educate people about how to enroll.
Fresno Officials Dismantle Homeless Encampments
City officials are planning to remove a large homeless encampment on the outskirts of downtown. The California city, where 1 in 4 people live below the poverty line, has taken down three other large encampments in recent weeks. The moves have been controversial and displaced hundreds of people.
College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores
Roughly 6 in 10 college-bound high school students who took the SAT in 2013 performed poorly. The sponsor of the test wants to work with schools to help students do better, but some say the group is really concerned with trying to keep the test relevant.
Student Loan Changes Squeeze Historically Black Colleges
Borrowing money from the government to pay for college has become tougher in the past few years. Stricter lending guidelines for federal PLUS loans have forced many students to drop out of historically black colleges and universities around the country.
NSA Revelations Leave Encryption Experts In A Quandry
Documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden indicate the NSA may have installed backdoors on encryption products. It's not clear exactly what's going on but the stories have unleashed plenty of fear and loathing in the closed world of encryption researchers.