NPR News

Minnesota Senate Minority Leader David Hann has high hopes of guiding Republicans to the six-seat gain they'd need to claim the chamber majority in November's election.

But DFLers defending their control of the Senate contend Hann's own re-election is in doubt.

In a former Catholic school in East St. Paul, a group of contemporary Somali-American artists is presenting an exhibition of new work.

St. John's High School lay vacant for years, but in 2014 Darul Uloom, a Minnesota Muslim association, purchased the building along with the neighboring church, which it now uses for daily prayer.

The school is still in disrepair, with broken windows and cabinets. But when photographer Mohamud Mumin first saw the space, he immediately saw its potential to host an art exhibition.

The Multnomah County Commission on Thursday discussed turning a jail that’s sat empty for a decade into a homeless shelter.

Wapato Jail is about 12 miles north of Portland, near Smith and Bybee lakes, in the district of Commissioner Lorretta Smith. Smith has pushed for the county to consider re-opening it as a homeless shelter.

"I was really encouraged by today's forum. This was the first forum we have had on Wapato," she said.

The debate was largely symbolic: County Chair Deborah Kafoury opposes the idea and has enough votes on the commission to block it.

Oregon lawmakers will take up two major pieces of legislation designed to improve rights for renters next year. That's if a group that rallied at the state capitol in Salem on Thursday has its way.

Advocates say they want to limit the amount of money landlords could increase rent each year. And they want to make it harder for landlords to evict tenants.

Anna Blackman is a certified nurses assistant and spoke at the rally. She said she and her husband were kicked out of their Springfield, Oregon, home with little warning.

Oregon college campuses should have better access to sworn police officers and develop active shooter training programs for all students and employees.

Those are some of the recommendations in a draft report issued Thursday by a work group convened by the Oregon Governor's Office.

Andre LeDuc, the chief resilience officer at the University of Oregon, chaired the work group.

LeDuc said the recommendations are about preventing more than just violent crimes. For instance, retrofitting more buildings with key card entry systems.

If a group that rallied at the state capitol in Salem Thursday has its way, Oregon lawmakers will take up two major pieces of legislation designed to improve rights for renters next year.

If you looked at Google Maps this week, you might have noticed something strange: less green.

Typically, mint green highlights designate publicly owned wild spaces on Google's maps. But as of this writing, some of those public lands have gone gray. The locations are still searchable, but if you don't already know the park or forest exists, and where exactly, you might not be able to find it.

Oregon college campuses should have better access to sworn police officers and develop active shooter training programs for all students and employees. Those are some of the recommendations in a draft report issued Thursday by a work group convened by the Oregon governor's office.

p
Courtesy Project Runway

Fashion designer Roberi Parra is familiar with widespread shortages of food, supplies, and medicine. But as a contestant on this season's "Project Runway," he's a world away from his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. 

The show's first episode featured a surprise challenge: The hosts of the series welcome the designers at a launch party. The designers are then a bit startled to learn that the decor for the party will also serve as materials for their looks.

The Amazon series Transparent is about a transgender woman named Maura who for decades was known to her kids as Mort, or Dad. Actor Jeffrey Tambor plays Maura and has just won a second Emmy for his performance. "When those roles come along, you don't run away," he tells NPR's Kelly McEvers. "It's a perfect role, you know? I thought I was gonna do Lear, but I'm gonna do Maura."

It's almost a year to the day since world leaders committed to meeting 17 "Sustainable Development Goals" by 2030, from wiping out extreme poverty to fighting disease and inequality.

Perhaps they should have added an 18th goal — compiling all the data needed to achieve the other goals.

This data gap has been the talk among advocates for the poor this week as the U.N. General Assembly's current session got underway. It was at last year's General Assembly that the 17 goals were set.

When developer Jim Winkler heard the city’s Bureau of Environmental Services was planning to sell a big piece of land right on the Williamette River, he asked to take a look.

“It’s got view, visibility and location. It’s a superb site,” says Winkler, best known for turning an old hospital in North Portland into the new U.S. headquarters for Adidas.

But his company, Winkler Development Corporation, also specializes in affordable housing.

The shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man, by Charlotte, N.C., police is under investigation and the circumstances are very much in dispute, but when you listen to protesters, you hear that their frustration isn't about just this one case.

Yahoo has revealed that it suffered a massive cyber breach in late 2014, which the company believes resulted in theft of information about the accounts of at least 500 million users.

The Internet responded in stride — as it has to all recent Yahoo-related news — with the regular tide of jokes about Yahoo's dinosaur status.

In 1970, archaeologists excavating the site of an ancient synagogue in Israel dug up a cylindrical lump of charcoal that looked like the remains of a scroll.

The animal-skin document was badly burned and battered. It was so delicate, just touching its surface sent pieces flaking off. To attempt to read it by unwrapping the layers would be to destroy the artifact forever. For curious scholars hoping to know what was written inside, the so-called En-Gedi scroll was a hopeless enigma.

Until now.

Pages