Phil Picardi Feature Archive

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)
Today on the MPR News Update, Archbishop Nienstedt defends the marriage amendment. The Occupy movement has a beachhead in Little Falls. Minnesotans have a new way to gamble. Lynn Rogers keeps feeding the research bears. And President Barack Obama joins those criticizing Mitt Romney for comments he made in a secretly-recorded video. (09/19/2012)
Minnesota is about to find out if a new way of gambling will really help pay for the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. Voter ID proponents say they want to stop election fraud, but studies show that such fraud is practically non-existent. A new high school in Rochester is helping non-traditional students get a leg up in medical and technology education. And Mitt Romney is defending his controversial comments about Americans who use government services. All that and more in the MPR News Update. (09/18/2012)
Marriage amendment foes are putting a premium on friendly and compassionate conversation. The fiscal cliff that looms in Congress could put Minnesota's economy through the shredder. Jim Graves is campaigning to not be the fourth Democrat to lose a congressional election against Michele Bachmann. And look at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam - the single bloodiest day in United States history. (09/17/2012)
Foreign policy forces its way back into the presidential race. We take a longer look at the winners in the competition for a slice of the state's economic development funding pie. Minneapolitans give a little love to thirsty trees. The Twins play safe -- maybe too safe -- with their "It gets better" video. And how is it possible that just a few years removed from an NHL season lost to a lockout that a contract dispute can be skating down that same path? (09/14/2012)
The Saints win their ballpark funding quest. Polling shows the voter ID constitutional amendment with strong support across the state, but how much would it cost or save to implement the change? We look at why the US House voted to swap Boundary Waters land with land in the Superior National Forest. Concordia College cuts its tuition costs. An infamous cold case is cracked. And we have the latest on unrest in the Middle East and its impact on the presidential race. First up: Play ball! (09/13/2012)
The U.S. ambassador to Libya is killed during protests against an anti-Islamic film produced in the United States. The Vikings' Chris Kluwe stands by his outspoken opposition to the marriage amendment. The Pagami Creek wildfire fits with a pattern of extreme weather and climate change-driven events. And we take a look at the latest U.S. Census data about Minnesota. (09/12/2012)
The 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn., and we have stories and photos. Also, we take a look at how much money our members of Congress spend in order to generate campaign funds. Paramedics can now get certified for non-emergency health care needs. A new baseball stadium for St. Paul scores well among state economic officials. And there are some sobering numbers about the homeless and those on food stamps in Minnesota. That and more in the Update. (09/11/2012)
Today we heard what Minnesota delegates to the DNC thought of their party's convention. Five design firms vie for the Vikings attention on a bid to build a new stadium. And cover the the nuts and bolts on strife between the valves and bows when it comes to management of the Minnesota Orchestra. That and more in the MPR News Update. (09/07/2012)
On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton gave Barack Obama a resounding endorsement, and we talked to blue-collar workers who may turn away from the president. A supporter of same-sex marriage makes his case in Minnesota. We'll hear about troubles in the arts here in the Twin Cities. And, an experimental pesticide may be working against zebra mussels. That and more in the MPR News Update. (09/06/2012)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak addresses Democratic Party faithful. Minnesotans at the DNC discuss same sex marriage. There could be a breakthrough on West Nile virus in Minnesota. And the first day of school goes awry in St. Paul thanks to bus drivers who don't know their routes. All that and more on the MPR News Update. (09/05/2012)
Today on the Update, we hear from Minnesota DFLers in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. Many Iron Range taconite mine workers have a new deal to continue mining. As colleges begin classes, many students in the Twin Cities promise not to drink or take drugs. Dairy farmers are getting squeezed by the drought. And a new study raises serious questions about whether organic food is healthier. (09/04/2012)