Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

Minnesota taxpayers are advised not to file using Turbo Tax or other products made by Intuit until the company fixes a number of problems, said the state Department of Revenue on Friday. (03/08/2013)
The U.S. officially recognized Somalia's government for the first time in two decades earlier this year, and it is now deporting Somalis again, starting with sex offenders and other felons. Deportations had been suspended for many years while the country had no functioning government. (03/06/2013)
Some county jails are feeling the effect of federal budget cuts that went into effect on Friday. With Immigration and Customs Enforcement's announcement last week it will reduce the number of detainees held in custody, the county jails that get paid to hold them could get pinched. (03/04/2013)
When Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover stepped forward to co-sponsor a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, he took some of his constituents by surprise. (02/28/2013)
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would give some parents who lost custody of their children years ago a chance to reunify with them. Advocates say only a small number of teens living in foster care could be affected by the Family Reunification Act, but that it could make a great difference for those motivated parents who have dealt with their problems and whose children want to go home again. (02/26/2013)
State officials and energy companies announced today that Minnesota is three years ahead of schedule on its goal to reduce mercury emissions. Mercury is a neurotoxin that is especially harmful to children's brain development. The reductions have come about primarily through changes at power plants. (02/18/2013)
Janitors who work for a company that cleans Twin Cities Target stores have reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over unpaid wages. (02/15/2013)
Childhood victims of sexual abuse would no longer face a time limit to sue their abusers under a proposed bill. The Minnesota Child Victims Act would eliminate the requirement that victims file civil suits within six years of becoming an adult. It would not affect the statute of limitations in criminal cases. (02/13/2013)
A bill that would require licensing and inspection for dog and cat breeders was approved by the House Civil Law Committee Wednesday. (02/13/2013)
To combat the growing problem of sex trafficking, Minnesota is changing how it views underage victims. Advocates are asking lawmakers to help support safe housing that's not juvenile detention. The Heartland Girls' Ranch, founded more than 20 years ago as a place for abused or neglected girls, is one such healthy refuge from sexual exploitation. (02/08/2013)
New Minnesota campaign finance reports show that spending on the fight over an unsuccessful constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage topped $18 million last year (02/01/2013)
Much of the debate over immigration in the United States focuses on the southern border with Mexico. For people in the United States, the story might appear to start there. But for migrants from Central America, the U.S. border comes after a long, often harrowing, traverse of Mexico. (02/01/2013)
Local groups that support changing the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for those here illegally, will gather at the state Capitol Wednesday. (01/30/2013)
A variety of people -- a doctor, an insurance agent, the course designer and a mother -- told us their opinions on ice cross downhill racing, the sport featured in the second annual Crashed Ice event this weekend in St. Paul. (01/24/2013)
Women are a growing market for gun sales in this country, but a gender gap persists when it comes to their attitudes about gun control. Polls show women are more likely to favor certain gun restrictions. Last month's mass shooting in Connecticut has sparked a nationwide discussion about how to reduce gun violence. (01/18/2013)