Phil Picardi Feature Archive

Today on the MPR News Update: The Connecticut elementary school massacre continues to resonate in Minnesota. Also, we take a look back at how quickly the shooting deaths of police officers are resolved, return for another visit with a man coping with ALS, and tell you about another key departure at Best Buy. (12/20/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota mental health professionals and educators address mass shootings. We hear from the son of a victim of a mass shooting in Minneapolis. Also, we have the latest on the Cold Spring police officer killing, a plan to move sand around in Wabasha, and on how the group that pressed for construction of a new St. Croix River bridge is keeping the pressure on. (12/18/2012)
Today on the podcast, some of the areas hardest hit by flooding earlier this year still haven't received much government financial help. Disaster "preppers" gather in Minnesota. And, not knowing English can drag a student's performance down in a number of academic areas. But first, everybody's talking about the Friday shooting rampage in Connecticut. (12/17/2012)
There's been another mass shooting, this time in Connecticut. Also, we hear about the battle over a park along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, and the Roman Catholic Church licking its wounds after a bruising battle over same-sex marriage. All that and more in today's MPR News Update. (12/14/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update: Light rail construction is ahead of schedule, the poverty rate in Minnesota is leveling off, our two biggest cities pass budgets and levy increases, and communities in outstate Minnesota look for ways to move forward under changing - and permanent -- demographic and cultural changes. (12/13/2012)
We have more on the state health care insurance voucher program that doesn't seem to be working very well. Also, we hear from the police chief who lost one of his men nearly two weeks ago. And, Minnesota wildlife experiences the drought. But first up, news about Delta Airlines. (12/11/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, we report on questions being asked about the ethical behavior of a St. Cloud state lawmaker, a trail of tears from South Dakota to Mankato, and the more than 16 inches of snow that fell on parts of Minnesota over the weekend. We'll look at the weather first. (12/10/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update we report on Officer Tom Decker's burial in Collegeville attended by thousands of police officers, take measure of how lawmakers plan to deal with Minnesota's budget deficit, look at the state's economic prospects, and more. (12/06/2012)
Today in the MPR News Update, Officer Tom Decker is buried, Janee Harteau is sworn in as the new top Minneapolis cop, the state faces a $1.1 billion deficit, both Twin Cities orchestras are in the red, too, and St. Paul pulls back the curtain on a massive Union Depot rehab project. (12/05/2012)
Welcome to the MPR News Update, Minnesota's news on your schedule. Today we're reporting about advocates for same-sex marriage gearing up for a fight in the Legislature. We also ask whether Minnesotans care about the fiscal cliff. And, why we be worried about "superbugs." (12/03/2012)
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)