Phil Picardi Feature Archive

If all goes according to plan, the marble on Minnesota's century-old State Capitol building will be restored to its original gleaming white in about four years. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Spencer Cronk, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, about the renovation. (05/24/2013)
One thing the Legislature did this week was raise the amount of money the state will send to local governments to help them provide basic services. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Dave Peters, who directs MPR's Ground Level project on community issues, about local government aid about how they might spend the money. (05/23/2013)
A program signed into state law yesterday is designed to allow more kids a jump-start on quality early childhood education. The new program puts $40 million on the table to provide low-income parents with scholarships to pay for early education. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke about how the scholarships will work with Frank Forsberg. He's a Greater Twin Cities United Way executive and chairman of MinneMinds, a coalition that advocated for more investments in education. (05/23/2013)
A fourth-grade field trip to a Lilydale Regional Park turned deadly Wednesday when a hillside, saturated by persistent rain gave way, killing one child and injuring two others. One child is still missing. Dr. Satish Gupta is a professor in the University of Minnesota's department of Soil, Water and Climate. He spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about how landslides like this can happen. (05/23/2013)
For residents of North Minneapolis, it was two years ago today that a tornado devastated parts of that community, and their recovery is far from complete. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minneapolis Park Board forestry director Ralph Sievert about developments. (05/22/2013)
The 2013 legislative session ended this week with the state legislature approving tax changes expected to generate $2.1 billion in new revenue. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, who explained some of the new taxes. (05/22/2013)
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow and then triple digit temperature readings within just a couple of weeks this month in Minnesota. He also outlines a rainy weekend ahead. (05/17/2013)
State officials are turning to cigarette taxes and tightening up corporate income tax enforcement to pay most of the state's share of the nearly billion-dollar project. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson about the story. (05/17/2013)
Today is a big day for college hockey in Minnesota. The U of M men's and women's teams both play post-season games, as does the men's team at St. Cloud State University. (03/22/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: We go to the state Legislature for a look at another gun bill, check in with the fallout from yesterday's shooting threat hoax in New Prague, hear about a smaller funding pie for the Department of Health and Human Services and visit a farmer looking ahead to planting season, and more. (03/21/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update we're following the hoax call that led to a school lockdown in New Prague, the fate of gun control in the Legislature, the DFL budget plan, frac sand mining regulations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, 'culturally responsive' teaching, and more. (03/20/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: Remembering fallen soldiers with Minnesota times, one by one, since the 9/11 attacks. Also, questions over how to pay school districts back the money owed by the state, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, concerns about the cost of a statewide anti-bullying bill, Michele Bachmann finds some government spending of which she approves, and lastly, is Rochester ready for growth? (03/19/2013)
Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate will release an outline of their plans for a state budget this week. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead for state lawmakers (03/18/2013)
Morning Edition's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Brett Neeley about where Minnesota's delegation comes down on different aspects of the never-ending budget battles in Washington. (03/18/2013)
Republican 6th District Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's going to push hard in Congress for upgrades to Interstate 94 and Highway 10 northwest of the Twin Cities. (03/18/2013)