Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

A bill aiming to boost Minnesota's adoption rate from foster care, currently the second-lowest in the nation, will get a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. (03/12/2013)
Community and religious leaders from north Minneapolis spoke out Tuesday against a proposed gun bill at the Capitol. (03/12/2013)
Several education groups today voiced support for Gov. Mark Dayton's budget which would increase funding for early childhood learning, all-day kindergarten and special education, among other priority areas. (03/11/2013)
Several Minnesota education groups made a push for Gov. Mark Dayton's education budget at the Capitol on Monday. (03/11/2013)
A wise friend points out that it's best to drop the kids at practice and go. Leave the coaching and competing to the coach and the kids. (The Daily Circuit, 03/11/2013)
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)