Phil Picardi Feature Archive

Today on the MPR News Update we hear from marriage amendment supporters and opponents in Redwing and Moorhead. We have the latest on the Meningitis outbreack. The contract tussle at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is reaching a crescendo. The contract to build a new Saints stadium goes public. There's more fresh produce in corner stores. And we find out who calls 911 the most...and why. (10/18/2012)
Today: Separating fact from fiction with Obama and Romney, more Minnesotans are at risk of fungal meningitis, electronic pull tabs are a month old, Target will match online prices, Craavack and Nolan go another round, and a gunman's parents talk about his mental illness. (10/17/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update the parents of the gunman in last month's shooting rampage in Minneapolis talk about his mental illness struggles. We look at the TV ad barrage in the 8th Congressional District. A Minnesota Lynx star speaks out against the marriage amendment. And the sugar beet harvest goes on despite a labor lockout. (10/16/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update we look back at a rough weekend for Minnesota sports fans. Some seniors worry how they might be affected by the proposed voter ID amendment. And we hear from Michael Brodkorb in the wake of his firing from the state Senate over a sex scandal. (10/15/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, Fairbault residents are coming to grips with news about suspected abuse at the city's iconic prep school. Another victim of the shooting rampage at a Minneapolis business has died. Hundreds turned out for a memorial service dedicated to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. And some Minnesota schools are having a hard time meeting the state's high expectations for arts education. (10/11/2012)
Today on the update we put the state's orchestra turmoil in context. A Faribault prep school makes headlines with allegations of sexual abuse. The trial of an accused al-Shabab associate continues in Minneapolis. And in Anoka, a gay youth group is denied a place in the town's annual Halloween parade. (10/10/2012)
Today on your MPR News Update: There's copper in them thar soils. Also, we hear about the dismissal of a St. Paul crime lab case due to inaccurate testing. Some Canadians tell Minnesota to pass the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage - while others disagree. Safety-net hospitals sound the alarm about reduced government funding. And Jerry Sandusky learns his fate. (10/09/2012)
Today on the Update: Premature talk about hosting the Super Bowl, the latest tussle over voter ID involves the military, Kurt Bills tries to chip away at Amy Klobuchar's voter base, and the Lynx are going to the WNBA finals again. (10/08/2012)
Today we learn that the unemployment rate has recovered to the point it was at when Barack Obama took office, we hear Minnesotans may have been exposed to a dangerous form of meningitis, the trial of a Twin Cities terror suspect continues, and a university professor speaks with us again about his journey with ALS. All that and more on the MPR News Update. (10/05/2012)
Early snow helps wildfire fighters, corn farmers profit in the drought, another shooting victim is laid to rest. And what did you think of last night's presidential debate? There's all that and more on the MPR News Update. (10/04/2012)
The residents of a small town in northwestern Minnesota are back in their homes after fleeing wildfires. The state's tax burden is shifting from homeowners to commercial property owners. And, is requiring a photo ID to step into a voting booth an effort to suppress the votes of minorities? All that and more on today's MPR News Update. (10/03/2012)
Today on the Update, the lieutenant governor skydives, and we have photos. The marriage amendment causes friction in the black community. Norm Coleman has a new power base: money. And apple growers are facing a very tough harvest. (09/26/2012)
Today on the Update: Voter ID opponents wonder why they aren't getting more help from the DFL. Iowans reflect on their experience with same-sex marriage. Minnesotans are coping with receding river water levels. Labor talks at the SPCO are stalled. And Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," wants creationists out of school classrooms. (09/24/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update: Tim Pawlenty won't run for the US Senate anytime soon. The University of North Dakota is pioneering the flight safety of aircraft that don't have pilots in the cockpit. There's more on the local tussle over live classical music. And, the Twin Cities get funky. (09/21/2012)
The latest Census data shows good news -- or is it bad news? -- for Minnesota. Fingerprint evidence at the St. Paul police crime lab adds to a brewing controversy. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is now a Washington, D.C. lobbyist. We get an update on the attempts to revive North High School in Minneapolis. And we have a three-part series on the challenges faced by rural healthcare providers. (09/20/2012)