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.
State takes hands-off approach to test cheating When it comes to uncovering cheating by students or teachers on statewide assessment tests, Minnesota takes a less rigorous approach than most other states, relying on school districts to police themselves.5:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Spying Takes Center Stage At EU Summit
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious about the U.S. eavesdropping on her calls. She is the latest to protest loudly to the U.S. as the EU gathers for a regular summit. The meeting should have focused on immigration and the economy, but will be sidetracked by the continued NSA spying anger.
Feds Recast Child Prostitutes As Victims, Not Criminals
For years, many police departments have dealt with child prostitutes by putting them in juvenile detention centers. But federal agencies say that minors are often sex trafficking victims in need of help — and who can, in turn, help put their pimps in jail.
Jury Finds Bank Of America Liable For Mortgages Fraud
A jury has found Bank of America liable for fraud for shoddy mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit. The rare win by the government in a jury trial against a financial institution could open the door to more lawsuits against banks.
Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Pits City Against Its Creditors
In Detroit, a trial continues to determine whether the cash-strapped city is eligible for the largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in U.S. history. But hundreds of creditors Detroit owes money to argue the city did not explore all the options if had to avoid bankruptcy and simply focused on Chapter 9 as its only salvation.
For 'Blue,' The Palme d'Or Was Only The Beginning Blue Is the Warmest Color won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Now the French drama is arriving in U.S. theaters amid controversy over its explicit sex scenes — and public difficulties between the director and his stars.
Symphonies Show Their Brass In World Series Smackdown Video
Talking smack is practically a right of passage for baseball fans. As the St. Louis Cardinals face off against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series this week, members of the two cities' symphonies — the brass sections, to be exact — took their rivalry to YouTube with a video smackdown.
Obamacare Contractors Head To Capitol Hill For House Hearing
House lawmakers got their first chance to grill government contractors Thursday about the botched rollout of the health insurance website under the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle wanted to know what went wrong and why. For the most part, the contractors pointed fingers back at the federal government.