Who's on the roof: Immigrant labor shapes a summer industry In Minnesota, summer is the season of roof work. But a glance at the crews overhead this time of year makes it clear most people doing that work are not from Minnesota. The residential roofing industry around the country now relies on low-priced labor by Mexican immigrants. Industry insiders say the roofing business would collapse without this migrant work force -- which includes immigrants who are in the U.S. legally and illegally.6:55 a.m.
Twins ballpark will fund libraries and youth programs
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will be scheduling three public hearings soon to discuss a proposal to raise the county's sales tax to help pay for a new ballpark for the Twins. The county board will be able to raise the sales tax by point-one-five percent without a voter referendum because of an exemption passed during 2006 Legislative Session. In addition to building a ballpark, the new tax money will be used to fund youth programs and libraries in Hennepin County and Minneapolis. Perry Finelli, fill-in host of Morning Edition, spoke with Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin about the funding plan.7:20 a.m.
GOP chances rest on faithfulness of conservative wing After wrapping up the GOP state convention over the weekend, party leaders say their base is energized to elect Republican candidates this fall. But some worry that conservative wing of the party my abandon them.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Organ Music: Pulling Out All the Stops
The organ has been described, along with the clock, as the most complex of all mechanical instruments developed before the Industrial Revolution. Miles Hoffman unravels the complexities and the mysteries of the musical giant.
Gaps Exist in U.S. City Emergency Plans
A review of emergency plans for every major American city could be released this week. Those involved say it cites many gaps in planning for the next big disaster. The review was ordered by President Bush in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans Courts Come Back to Life
Like almost everything else in New Orleans, the city's criminal courts system came to a halt after Katrina. The city is taking an important step toward getting that system running with the start of jury trials. Steve Inskeep talks to Orleans Parish Criminal Court Judge Calvin Johnson about the courts and their backlog of an estimated 6,000 cases.
Democratic Hawk Faces Antiwar Primary Challenger
Congresswoman Jane Harman of the 36th District is one of the best-known Democratic hawks in the country. But that visibility has made her vulnerable to a challenge from antiwar activists in her liberal Southern California district's upcoming primary. Rachael Myrow of member station KPCC in Los Angeles reports.
Political Families Circumvent California Term Limits
California was one of the first states to institute term limits. Now it's on the leading edge of a new trend. In Tuesday's primary, three wives, one husband and two brothers are running for a family member's seat in the state assembly. Tamara Keith of member station KPCC reports.
U.S. Worries as Canada Welcomes New Immigrants
Canada is throwing its doors wide open to new immigrants, making it easier and cheaper to enter the country. But the U.S. State Department says relaxed security screening in Canada poses a threat to the United States. One of Canada's top spies agrees.
China Faces Academic Corruption, Quality Problems
A growing chorus of voices is calling on China to tackle the problem of academic corruption. In one example of fraud, a famous researcher at one of China's top universities recently tried to pass off as his own invention a powerful microchip made by a former Motorola subsidiary. Critics say corruption was bound to enter the education system because of the intimate link between government and academia.
Bill Maher Hosts Online Interview Show for Amazon
Amazon.com is launching its own online TV show to sell books, music and movies. With comedian Bill Maher as the host, the Internet company's weekly Amazon Fishbowl hopes to make its mark in the late-night talk show landscape with interviews of artists and authors.
Eating Out Can Add to Obesity, FDA Report Says
The Food and Drug Administration released a report Friday about the links between obesity and eating out at restaurants. The report says that no link has been proven but that people are more likely to eat more at restaurants because of the large portions and the convivial atmosphere. The restaurant industry is not happy about the report.
Canada Arrests 17 in Alleged Bombing Plot
Canada has arrested 17 people who were allegedly planning to carry out bomb attacks in southern Ontario. Steve Inskeep talks to Mike McDonnell of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police about the case.