Phil Picardi Feature Archive

Joining MPR's Phil Picardi to discuss why we're seeing such strong comebacks after ACL surgery is Jeffrey Macalena, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Minnesota. (11/20/2012)
Businesses and workers in downtown St. Paul are worried about a lost hockey season. The National Hockey League has cancelled all of its games through the end of the month in an ongoing labor dispute with players. (11/17/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, neighbors say new flight paths to and from the Twin Cities airport could bring more noise. Opponents of a proposed light rail line in the southwest metro fear it could mean the re-routing of freight trains. State lawmakers say seat licenses have always been a part of new stadium talks. Thirsty farmland still yields an impressive harvest. And, Minnesota's juvenile justice system has some serious racial disparity issues. (11/15/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, we ride along with the herring fishermen of Lake Superior. And on the podcast, we report on the flap over personal seat licenses in a new Vikings stadium, the turnaround effort at Best Buy getting a skeptical read from analysts, changes on the horizon for Minnesota's environmental oversite, and a new growth in kindergarten school registration. (11/14/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update: A sex scandal captivates and infuriates the nation's capital, the Minnesota construction sector is pulling out of the slump, U.S. Catholic bishops plan to stay the course after an Election Day thumping, and we hear from the author of "The Cursing Mommy." (11/13/2012)
In the MPR News Update today, we use Edina as a microcosm to explain the Legislature's flip from Republican to Democratic control, two small and rare late-season tornadoes touch down in the Twin Cities metro, congressman-elect Rick Nolan heads back to Washington after a 32-year hiatus from Capitol Hill, and Best Buy's new boss gets ready for a grilling from investors. (11/12/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, DFLers elect new leaders of their now-in-the-majority state House and Senate caucuses. The battle over same-sex marriage may just be beginning. Hennepin County talks about what went wrong with some voting machines. And Minnesota job seekers, employers and health reformers talk about the impact of Tuesday's vote. (11/08/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, the 2012 election is in the record books and, for the most part, it'll go down as a big win for Democrats. An estimated 3 million people voted yesterday in Minnesota -- which works out to about 75 percent voter turnout. (11/07/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, we're fanning out across the state to cover Election Day. Also, wind power jobs are dwindling, more numbers are in from the wolf hunt, Bob Dylan tickets are relatively easy to come by, why health insurance may be good for your health, and the Timberwolves stun Brooklyn. (11/06/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, we're all over the 2012 campaign as the clock winds down, from candidates to ballot issues and beyond. Also, we hear from hunters gunning for wolves in Minnesota. And, there's news about the Nice Ride and another Minnesota Opera original. (11/05/2012)
Can Democrats wrestle away control from one or both houses of the state Legislature? Also, was a Mankato coach engaged in "innocent family fun" or pornography? And, Minnesota tribes say no to a wolf hunt on tribal land. That and much more today on the MPR News Update. (11/01/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, news from 8th and 6th congressional district races, a debate on the Voter ID constitutional amendment, the retirement of the Minneapolis police chief, and the aftermath of superstorm Sandy -- including help from Minnesota. (10/31/2012)
Today, we go into the basement to track the history of the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota. We also remember Paul Wellstone. Jim Graves is trying to unseat Michele Bachmann. Tempers are raised over voter ID. Ranchers celebrate the new wolf hunt. And there's a new anti-bullying panel in the Anoka-Hennepin schools. (10/25/2012)
Today on MPR News Update the latest meeting between Rep. Keith Ellison and his Republican challenger, Chris Fields, proves to be more polite than their previous encounter. Also, we ask, "Where's the tea party?" The DNR sells mining leases. And, who's responsible for reporting suspected child abuse? (10/24/2012)
On the MPR News Update today, we pull together the post-mortem on the final presidential debate. The owners of Accent Signage say they're back in business after last month's shooting rampage. Outside groups are spending a lot on Minnesota's elections. And the Minnesota Orchestra isn't tapping its endowment during a contract dispute. First, let's get through the debate fallout: (10/23/2012)