Laura Yuen Feature Archive

As Minnesota wrestles with some of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation between white kids and students of color, some teachers are questioning their own practices in the classroom. (03/20/2013)
Minnesota's stark unemployment gap between whites and racial minorities continues to vex civic leaders. In the Twin Cities, for example, blacks are more than three times as likely as whites to be unemployed. That disparity leads the U.S. among 25 large metro areas included in a national study published last year. Local nonprofit and business communities warn that the region's economy will suffer if the gap persists. (03/13/2013)
Supporters of early childhood education say that many children could benefit from programs like Bigelow Head Start in St. Paul and that this could finally be the year that Minnesota takes educating young children seriously. (03/04/2013)
The rate of children sent to juvenile detention facilities across the country for delinquent behavior has dropped off dramatically over the past decade, a new report says. (02/27/2013)
Two Twin Cities social-justice groups are pressing Target to fairly consider job applicants with criminal backgrounds. (02/20/2013)
A new bill introduced this week in the state Senate would offer early learning scholarships to low-income families so they could send their 3- and 4-year-olds to quality preschool and child-care programs. (02/15/2013)
Officials at the Minnesota Zoo have set their sights on a group of endangered seals to replace the zoo's popular dolphin program. (02/13/2013)
The St. Paul Police Department is investigating another photograph purportedly showing one of its officers dressed like a Somali woman. (02/08/2013)
Six people filed a federal lawsuit today alleging law enforcement officers violated their civil rights by giving them large amounts of marijuana to get high. (02/01/2013)
For the second year in a row, the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood did not receive a coveted grant from the U.S. Department of Education. (01/31/2013)
On the eve of the long-delayed NHL season opener, we'll check in with Bob Kurtz, radio play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Wild. (The Daily Circuit, 01/18/2013)
Somalia's new president on Friday will urge his Somali-born compatriots in Minneapolis to help rebuild their homeland. (01/18/2013)
Thieves would have a tougher time trading in stolen metal for cash under a new bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar. (01/16/2013)
A report from the Department of Public Safety outlinines a state task force's vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking. A panel of prosecutors, police, advocates and others is recommending a $13 million plan, and most of the money would go toward housing these kids. (01/16/2013)
The Department of Public Safety is releasing a report Tuesday outlining a state task force's vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking. (01/15/2013)