Money for motorized recreation too much, some Minnesotans say A Minnesota group opposed to motorized recreation says the state should stop spending millions of gas tax dollars on programs for snowmobiles, boats and All Terrain Vehicles. Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation says the state should put the money toward deteriorating roads and bridges instead.7:40 a.m.
Film director Ken Loach goes 'Looking for Eric' Combining unlikely ingredients can make for great food -- and great movies. British director Ken Loach creates gritty depictions of working class life. His latest film "Looking for Eric," which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, includes an unlikely collaborator -- a French soccer superstar.7:45 a.m.
Minn. nurses approve deal, averting strike A contentious contract battle between Twin Cities nurses and 14 metro-area hospitals has ended, with nurses voting overwhelmingly to approve a new labor agreement.8:35 a.m.
Economist says tip credit won't change much in Minnesota The candidates for governor in Minnesota are divided over whether workers who earn tips should be subject to a lower minimum wage. It's an issue that's been debated for years at the state capitol. St. Cloud State economist Orn Bodvarsson has done extensive research on both tipping and the minimum wage, and he joined Cathy Wurzer this morning from our studios in Collegeville to discuss the policy debate.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Military, Diplomacy Efforts Are 'Imbalanced'
While there has been much discussion over the U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, there hasn't been much of a public conversation on U.S. diplomacy there. Daniel Markey of the Council on Foreign Relations talks to Renee Montagne about diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan. Markey used to do policy planning on South and Central Asia for the State Department.
Under Fire, The Fight Heats Up In Afghanistan
NPR photographer David Gilkey is on patrol with the 101st Airborne Division in Pashmul, Afghanistan. The area is considered key to securing Kandahar. He tells Mary Louise Kelly that the U.S. military has met with heavy resistance.
50 Years On, 'Mockingbird' Still Sings America's Song
When it was published in 1960, Harper Lee's modest novel helped Americans think differently about race. Now, 50 years later, To Kill a Mockingbird still resonates in a much-changed America. NPR's Lynn Neary examines the lasting impact of Scout Finch and her father, Atticus — a lawyer who defends a black man unjustly accused of rape.
Japan Public TV Drops Sumo After Scandal
The broadcaster, NHK, says a betting scandal has generated such viewer disgust that the sport is facing its worst crisis in a century, and live programs of an upcoming sumo tournament will not be aired. Doreen Simmons, who has been commentating on sumo for the past 17 years, talks with Renee Montagne about the scandal.
Obama Pushes Jobless Relief As Debt Concerns Mount
After last week's tepid jobs numbers, President Obama promised a "relentless" effort to keep the economy growing. But a Gallup Poll released last month showed Americans are just about as concerned with government debt as they are with unemployment, so the president's options are limited.
Is Deficit Spending Worth It To Create Jobs?
President Obama wants to create jobs by spending more borrowed money on unemployment benefits and state aid. This is a tough sell for Democrats whose constituents are worried about the skyrocketing deficit. It's a conundrum the candidates are facing this week as they campaign in their districts during the Fourth of July break.
BP's Tony Hayward On Middle East Trip
The oil company's chief executive is in the Persian Gulf visiting Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. According to news reports, he may be looking for investors to boost BP's finances and help fend off any potential takeover attempts. BP's shares have fallen by half since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Social Media Spread Hatred Against BP's Hayward
Lucy Kellaway, the workplace and management columnist for the Financial Times, talks to Renee Montagne about BP CEO Tony Hayward and public hatred of corporate executives. Kellaway says corporate executives are much more vilified these days. She explains what's changed since the days of the Union Carbide tragedy and even the Exxon Valdez spill.
Happy Birthday Ringo Starr
Former Beatle Ringo Starr turns 70 on Wednesday. In his honor, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has put Starr's gold-plated snare drum on display. The drum was a gift from the Ludwig drum company. Its logo was featured prominently on the drum Starr played during the band's 1964 debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Administration Sues Arizona Over Immigration Law
The Justice Department is suing to stop Arizona's tough new immigration law from taking effect later this month. Attorney General Eric Holder said the law will "create more problems than it solves." Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called the lawsuit "nothing more than a massive waste of taxpayer funds."