The White House tried to put as good a face as possible on bad jobs numbers: The private sector added 57,000 jobs in June. Republicans jumped right in and said no "job killing" tax hikes. Did threading the needle get even more complicated?
In Minnesota, the state government shutdown is in its second week, with no end in sight.
The state's Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, and Republican legislative leaders remain divided over how to balance the budget. The two sides did not meet today and no new budget negotiations are scheduled.
Among the many state facilities that are closed are state parks, in the midst of peak season for camping, fishing and swimming. Outdoor enthusiasts in Minnesota aren't happy about it.
New York State Assemblyman David Weprin has been chosen by local Democratic leaders to be their candidate to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), whose career imploded in a sexting scandal that forced him to resign from office.
NPR correspondents are gathering material for a summer series about the Arctic. The race has begun to exploit the far north's potentially vast deposits of oil and gas. They're reporting on the impact of the work being done there.
Philip Reeves this week set off for Greenland and filed these notes about his journey, which included a stop-over in Iceland.
Manuel Galban, a man who helped shape the sound of modern Cuban music, died Thursday of a heart attack in Havana. He was 80 years old.
Galban played guitar on the 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, a collaboration between traditional Cuban musicians and American guitarist and composer Ry Cooder. But Galban's popularity in his home country long preceded that album and resulting documentary.
A central Kentucky company is again sponsoring the largest equestrian event in the world. Alltech President Dr. Pearse Lyons announced Friday that his animal nutrition and brewery business will again be the title sponsor for the World Equestrian Games.
Under the direction of the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board, the Cabinet for Economic Development Friday announced it has engaged Boyette Strategic Advisors, an economic development consulting firm, to develop a statewide economic development strategic plan. Called "Kentucky’s Unbridled Future," the plan will provide direction to enhance job creation and investment in the state over the next several years.
The Nicholasville Trim Masters plant anticipates laying off more than 100 employees, Jessamine County Economic Development director Wayne Foster said. The said the factory will remain open. The company makes door trim, including injection molding and assembly, seat assembly and vacuum forming and assembly for the automotive industry.
For many years, tales of the existence of a 1959 Pontiac El Catalina were the stuff of legend. Rumor had it that Pontiac had built two of these prototype sedan pickups, and one was in the hands of a collector. The vehicle hadn’t been seen in public in years, but that changed this week when it was on display at the Pontiac-Oakland Club International Convention at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center.