Phil Picardi Feature Archive

Will Golden Valley go for a light rail line connecting Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park? Are we still in a foreclosure crisis in Minnesota? Will Janee Harteau be the next top cop in Minneapolis? Those questions, some answers and more on today's MPR News Update. (11/29/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, a bedbug-infested apartment building in St. Paul debuts as affordable housing after a refurbishment, the state looks for a new way to pay for public education, Central Corridor light rail construction will continue, and we learn more about the two shooting deaths in Little Falls. (11/28/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update we take a look at the next police chief of Minneapolis, learn about the rebirth of Duluth, hear more details from the shooting that claimed the lives of two teenagers near Little Falls and talk about a new trial for a priest who had an affair with a parishioner. (11/27/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota's wolf hunt has moved into a trapping phase, state Republicans are warning taxpayers to hold onto their wallets, Norm Coleman assesses his political clout, and more. (11/26/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update we report on another bad earnings report from Best Buy, ill winds for Austin-based Hormel, the ethics of using unmanned aerial drones, how the classical music drought in the Twin Cities is impacting teachers and students, and more. (11/21/2012)
Joining MPR's Phil Picardi to discuss why we're seeing such strong comebacks after ACL surgery is Jeffrey Macalena, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Minnesota. (11/20/2012)
Businesses and workers in downtown St. Paul are worried about a lost hockey season. The National Hockey League has cancelled all of its games through the end of the month in an ongoing labor dispute with players. (11/17/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, neighbors say new flight paths to and from the Twin Cities airport could bring more noise. Opponents of a proposed light rail line in the southwest metro fear it could mean the re-routing of freight trains. State lawmakers say seat licenses have always been a part of new stadium talks. Thirsty farmland still yields an impressive harvest. And, Minnesota's juvenile justice system has some serious racial disparity issues. (11/15/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, we ride along with the herring fishermen of Lake Superior. And on the podcast, we report on the flap over personal seat licenses in a new Vikings stadium, the turnaround effort at Best Buy getting a skeptical read from analysts, changes on the horizon for Minnesota's environmental oversite, and a new growth in kindergarten school registration. (11/14/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update: A sex scandal captivates and infuriates the nation's capital, the Minnesota construction sector is pulling out of the slump, U.S. Catholic bishops plan to stay the course after an Election Day thumping, and we hear from the author of "The Cursing Mommy." (11/13/2012)
In the MPR News Update today, we use Edina as a microcosm to explain the Legislature's flip from Republican to Democratic control, two small and rare late-season tornadoes touch down in the Twin Cities metro, congressman-elect Rick Nolan heads back to Washington after a 32-year hiatus from Capitol Hill, and Best Buy's new boss gets ready for a grilling from investors. (11/12/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, DFLers elect new leaders of their now-in-the-majority state House and Senate caucuses. The battle over same-sex marriage may just be beginning. Hennepin County talks about what went wrong with some voting machines. And Minnesota job seekers, employers and health reformers talk about the impact of Tuesday's vote. (11/08/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, the 2012 election is in the record books and, for the most part, it'll go down as a big win for Democrats. An estimated 3 million people voted yesterday in Minnesota -- which works out to about 75 percent voter turnout. (11/07/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, we're fanning out across the state to cover Election Day. Also, wind power jobs are dwindling, more numbers are in from the wolf hunt, Bob Dylan tickets are relatively easy to come by, why health insurance may be good for your health, and the Timberwolves stun Brooklyn. (11/06/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, we're all over the 2012 campaign as the clock winds down, from candidates to ballot issues and beyond. Also, we hear from hunters gunning for wolves in Minnesota. And, there's news about the Nice Ride and another Minnesota Opera original. (11/05/2012)