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 not releasing enrollment numbers yet MNsure isn't releasing enrollment numbers yet. The hold-up stems from unresolved questions about how to define enrollment. Some people have paid for plans, others have just selected a plan.4:49 p.m.
Union Depot performance recalls the 'Orphan Trains' St. Paul's Union Depot will host a multi-media performance about the history of the orphan trains. Thousands of orphans rode on trains from the east coast to find homes in the towns and farms of the Midwest.4:53 p.m.
After Totino-Grace fires openly gay teacher, parents differ on policy The recent firing of a longtime Totino-Grace English teacher for being in a same-sex relationship has sparked discussion in the Catholic community. There's no consistent policy for how Catholic schools and colleges treat openly gay teachers or staff who are in relationships.5:50 p.m.
Government Stays Closed As Spending Standoff Drags On
The government shutdown standoff continued Thursday, with the House Republicans continuing to pass small spending bills for specific programs, and the Senate Democrats reminding them that a single House vote would let all programs be funded immediately.
CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking
A team of eight people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet has been reduced to three. And a CDC division chief says that a multistate outbreak would push the remaining staff beyond their capacity.
2 By 2 and 2x4s: The Building Of Noah's Arks
There's been a near boom of Noah's arks around the world. The latest is in Miami, where a group wants to create a Noah's ark theme park with rides and gardens. The man behind a 450-foot long ark in the Netherlands says his goal is to spread his faith, but he thinks the appeal of the Noah story these days is obvious: climate change.