Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

If Twin Cities church leaders vote to remove a requirement that ministers and lay leaders be faithfully married heterosexuals or celibate singles, it would be the final vote needed to ratify the change nationally. (05/10/2011)
The number of children Minnesotans are adopting from abroad is declining, reflecting national trends. (05/06/2011)
A company hired by the state of Minnesota under former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly failing to protect sensitive data. (05/05/2011)
A state-mandated study into child deaths and near-fatal injuries found men to blame two-thirds of the time. The study could prompt new scrutiny of men from child protection workers. (05/02/2011)
A House committee approved Thursday a bill that would prohibit cities from having policies that forbid police from routinely asking about immigration status. (04/28/2011)
Currently, Minneapolis and St. Paul have "separation ordinances," meaning police in those two cities do not ask residents they interact with about their immigration status, unless it pertains to a crime. A bill discussed in a House committee Wednesday would prohibit that practice. (04/27/2011)
With gas prices climbing to near $4 a gallon, many commuters are feeling the squeeze. It's particularly acute for drivers in the northern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, where commutes tend to be longest. (04/21/2011)
St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority voted Wednesday to allow a restaurant that's expanding in downtown St. Paul to bypass the city's living wage ordinance. (04/13/2011)
The northern Twin Cities suburb was once a traditionally Democratic blue area that's shifted to purple, and it helped the GOP take control of the Legislature in 2010. (04/13/2011)
The controversial check of work eligibility for state employees and large vendors doing business with the state was one of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's executive orders allowed to expire.use (04/04/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton must decide today the fate of the orders, most dealing with disaster declarations and other routine matters, that the ex-governor signed. (04/04/2011)
The Anoka County Sheriff's office says one person is dead and 10 people remain hospitalized as a result of drug overdoses at a party in Blaine early Thursday morning. (03/17/2011)
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said the city of St. Paul receives nearly $9 million a year in Community Development Block Grants. (03/15/2011)
Federal immigration authorities have identified a second large janitorial company operating in Minnesota -- Harvard Maintenance -- that has hired workers who don't have proper documentation. The company is dismissing 240 workers, according to their union. (03/14/2011)
The St. Paul NAACP is raising objections to the St. Paul school district's plan to overhaul its public schools. (03/10/2011)