New Jersey bullying law could be model for Minn. Minnesota education leaders who want to toughen the state's anti-bullying law might be looking to New Jersey for inspiration. Some members of a state task force that this week delivered its recommendations for changes to Gov. Mark Dayton, have held up New Jersey's recently passed anti-bullying law as an example of what Minnesota should do.7:20 a.m.
Meet three Fringe Festival first-timers The Minnesota Fringe Festival opens this evening at 15 venues around Minneapolis and St Paul. Offering 165 individual shows, the Fringe is seen as a chance for theater professionals and amateurs alike to experiment. We meet three first-time Fringers who are stepping into different roles for their shows, for very different reasons.7:25 a.m.
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Marfa, Texas: An Unlikely Art Oasis In A Desert Town
In the 1970s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to a dusty town in West Texas, where he created giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies. In the years since, Marfa has emerged as a mecca for art tourism.
Breaking Tax Code: Obama Jumps On Romney's Policy
A new study by some prominent tax analysts looks at how much Mitt Romney would have to reorder the tax code in order to make the tax cuts he proposes. As NPR's Ari Shapiro reports, that became a rallying cry for President Obama during a pair of campaign stops in Ohio Wednesday.
GOP Has Big Hopes For Missouri Senate Race
Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is facing a tough re-election fight. On Tuesday, Republicans will select their candidate to challenge her in the fall. All three major contenders are dyed-in-the-wool conservatives who have been battling in a wild and expensive race.
Medals And Scandals: An Olympic Update
Thursday is day seven of the Summer Olympics. Another big moment is on tap for American swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. The host country looks to add to its suddenly growing tally of medals. And badminton marches on, its image battered by scandal. Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about all things Olympics.
The Power Of Trash Talk For Bhutanese Archers
In women's archery at the Olympics, a sole American competitor remains. Khatuna Lorig beat many competitors, including the one holding up Bhutan's archery tradition, Sherab Zam. NPR's Mike Pesca reports a Bhutanese tradition may be the reason for its ranking.
'The Wrestler' Grapples With Myth, Power And Love
Poet Kazim Ali found inspiration in an ancient Greek mythological story about a wrestling bout between Meleager and Atalanta. In Ali's poem, a wrestler finds strength in his breath and body in movement with another.
Ariz. Activists Rally For Votes Against Sheriff Arpaio
Testimony is scheduled to end Thursday in the racial-profiling suit against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As lawyers fight Arpaio in the courtroom, activists outside are using the trial as a way to push him out in the upcoming election.
Drones: From War Weapon To Homemade Toy
Drones are no longer the sole province of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. They are starting to appear in U.S. skies. Police are employing them to fight crime. Enthusiasts are making their own at home. Rules governing their use are changing, and civil liberties groups are calling for privacy restrictions.
Take Part In (W)E Pluribus Unum
This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their communities better. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.
The Swing Back After Stock Market Glitch
Federal regulators are trying to piece together what happened in the stock market Wednesday morning. Just after the opening bell, the prices of dozens of stocks began to gyrate up and down. The swings were soon traced to a software glitch at a New Jersey brokerage firm called Knight Capital. NPR's Jim Zarroli joins Steve Inskeep with more.