Phil Picardi Feature Archive

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)
Today on the MPR News Update: A Minnesota House leader chimes in on the governor's revamped budget; the prospects seem good for an increase in the minimum wage; one southeastern Minnesota community draws a line in the frac sand, meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses global warming that took place 55 million years ago, and more. (03/14/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: The next stop for the same-sex marriage bill, the Wilder Foundation's new CEO targets racial disparities, a former boarding school teachers says he's not guilty of sex crimes, Penumbra Theatre is reborn, and more. (03/13/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: Hearings open on same-sex marriage at the Capitol, the Ojibwe take ownership of two St. Paul hotels, more TurboTax problems, worries about pollution from triclosan and nanoparticles, and more. (03/12/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota House gives a thumbs-up to the health insurance exchange bill, many Republicans give a thumbs down to DFL-championed election changes, and the state's largest cities hope for a legislative bounty, and ketchup-flavored potato chips. But first, the weather: (03/05/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update we hear about legislation that opens early education to more students, the question of jobs versus the environment for northern Minnesota, why Xcel Energy wants to increase your rates, and game-changing news in the effort to find a cure for HIV-AIDS. (03/04/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: We hear arguments for and against Gov. Dayton's tax overhaul proposal, state officials worry - again -- about how they will pay for a new Vikings stadium, some people in state custody may have been held longer than necessary, and Lake Mille Lacs area folks sound off about a plan to cut fishing there in half. But first, the latest state budget forecast is out: (02/28/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: Snow sends us into the weekend, there's more bad news from the St. Paul police crime lab, lawmakers consider alternates to the governor's budget proposal, other states are also fixing their budgets, and the flu vaccine isn't working that well for older folks. (02/22/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: Somali students say they don't feel safe at South High School in Minneapolis, legislators are getting their first look at the governor's proposed public school funding bill, educators are asking the Legislature to reconsider last year's law on teacher testing, and more. (02/20/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: The frac sand debate moves from southeastern Minnesota to the State Capitol today, Minnesota industry is doing a better job of scrubbing mercury from its emissions, we get a hot beverage on a cold day from a Twin Cities coffee shop that specializes in Arctic Circle home brew, and we'll hear from a woman who's Army sergeant son took his own life. (02/19/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: What the frac sand mining debate in St. Paul means for southeastern Minnestoa, the fate of a comprehensive health insurance exchange bill, a look at fur trapping past and present as a way of life in Minnesota, why there are more blizzards but less snow, and more. (02/18/2013)