Rodriguez trial goes to the jury The fate of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. rests with the jury in his trial, after attorneys presented their closing arguments in the case Tuesday afternoon. Rodriguez is charged in federal court with kidnapping leading to the death of college student Dru Sjodin in November 2003.7:20 a.m.
Vikings get noticed on, off field during pre-season, Twins face challenges
Cathy Wurzer spoke with ESPN's Monday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who covers sports for ABC Sports and ESPN.8:24 a.m.
Senators tour to compare security along U.S. borders
U.S. Senator Mark Dayton is comparing security along both of our nation's borders. He is ending a two-day tour of our nation's Mexican border today after visiting Minnesota's Canadian border last week. Cathy Wurzer spoke with U.S. Senator Dayton from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ.8:54 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Nevada, Solar Power on a Massive Scale
In the desert south of Las Vegas, crews are assembling a giant array of curved mirrors. The Nevada Solar One project will use the sun to power a steam turbine that, in turn, will create electricity for 40,000 homes.
Houston Shines in First Year with Katrina Evacuees
Much of the city of New Orleans, perhaps two-thirds of its population, evacuated to Houston when Hurricane Katrina struck. The Texas city received many New Orleans residents who didn't get out until after the levees broke. Horrified by the rescue effort, Houston embraced its forlorn neighbors.
Looking for Signs of Hope in Waveland, Miss.
Kathy Pinn's gift shop was destroyed along with much of Waveland, Miss., in Hurricane Katrina. In a Katrina diary, Pinn describes the town's slow recovery over the past year and her hopes for Waveland's future.
Federal Money Trickles to Katrina Homeowners
Close to 120,000 homeowners in Louisiana and Mississippi have applied for federal funds to help pay for the cost of rebuilding their homes after Hurricane Katrina. The government has given the states billions of dollars for this purpose. Yet only a few people have received any money.
Employers Cut Back on Health Insurance
The number of Americans without health insurance has increased by more than a million people since last year. One reason for the increase: the percentage of American's who get their health insurance from an employer keeps going down.
Sudan Holds Pulitzer-Winning Journalist
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is being held in Sudan on charges of criminal espionage. He is a freelance reporter working for the National Geographic magazine and was detained while working in Sudan's Darfur region.
California Lobbies U.S. for Journalist Shield Law
California lawmakers are calling on Congress to enact a federal shield law to protect journalists. The state already has a shield law. But lawmakers say a federal statute is needed to protect reporters.
Nobel-Winning Author Naguib Mahfouz Dies at 94
Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz has died. He was 94. Mahfouz was the first Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize in literature. He is credited with perfecting the novel-form in the Arabic language, succeeding where others had failed. Mahfouz was known for lively prose used to depict everyday life in Cairo.
Immigrant Marches Planned for Labor Day Weekend
Activists are holding a new round of immigration marches, starting this Labor Day weekend. The largest marches are planned for Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The message they hope to send: immigrants are voters, too.
Spain Disperses African Migrants Across Country
Record numbers of African migrants are arriving on Spanish territory daily. Spain's latest tactic for dealing with the influx involves gathering thousands of African immigrants from reception camps on the Canary Islands and delivering them to spots across the mainland. This has angered regional governments.