Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

Same sex-marriage, an issue that's dominated Minnesota politics for two years, may soon become a reality after a state House vote on Thursday. And as lawmakers debated the issue, thousands of people representing opposing views filled the Capitol rotunda, hoping to influence the historic moment. (05/10/2013)
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been scheduled for a floor vote in the Minnesota House on Thursday. MPR News asked Minnesotans if they feel the state has engaged in enough of a conversation about marriage. We asked members of our Public Insight Network about their views on same-sex marriage and received more than 150 responses. Here is a sampling of their views. (05/07/2013)
A St. Paul City Council member is leaving the council to lead a state office. (05/06/2013)
Buried deep in the Senate transportation policy bill is a dead horse -- actually, a rail line named after him. The Dan Patch line, named for a famous early 20th century race horse, carries freight between the Twin Cities and Northfield. The idea of bringing back passenger service along that route is so controversial that lawmakers passed a special law to halt discussion of it more than a decade ago. This year, lawmakers are considering whether to lift the "Dan Patch moratorium." (04/29/2013)
A bill awaiting final passage at the legislature would treat 16 and 17-year-olds who have been prostituted as victims rather than criminals. (04/22/2013)
As the state Legislature nears a vote on a controversial bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue, a new book chronicles the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, including some key characters and cases from Minnesota. (04/19/2013)
After six failed attempts, a bill that would require dog and cat breeders in Minnesota to obtain licenses could begin to move through the Legislature this year, thanks to the efforts of animal welfare advocates who contend it is far too easy for breeders to peddle animals online. (04/15/2013)
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is listing more than 150 flights cancelled so far today, and MnDOT is listing roads in hazardous condition from the South Dakota state line to Slayton and Marshall. (04/11/2013)
The number of Minnesotans with sexually transmitted diseases increased by 10 percent in 2012 compared to the year before, according to a new report from the state Health Department. (04/11/2013)
Ramsey County prosecutors have charged two St. Paul brothers, their uncles and a woman in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring that involved at least 10 victims over several years. (04/10/2013)
The Sherburne County sheriff has released the cause of death of a mother and two children found dead in their home in Zimmerman over the weekend. (04/02/2013)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau highlighted the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act during a Minneapolis news conference. (04/01/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will release an environmental assessment on Monday on a proposed high-speed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. (03/18/2013)
The Basilica was decked out in papal colors, gold and white bunting hung from the entrance, and a flag with the pope's coat of arms was displayed near the pulpit. (03/14/2013)
A Minnesota House committee Wednesday evening approved a bill allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses. (03/13/2013)