Bill to ban anti-gay therapy falls short, supporters plan to push the proposal again next year

University of Minnesota students led an effort to ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change therapy to children, but their attempt this legislative session fell short.

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Safe Schools bill passes Minnesota Senate

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act passed the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.

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First suburban homeless shelter for youth on track to open in Brooklyn Park

Jeremiah Carter testifying before the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee on March 20 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Laurie Halverson, left, that would provide funding for Homeless Youth Act activities. (Minnesota Legislature photo by Andrew VonBank)

The first Twin Cities suburban homeless shelter for youth is moving forward in Brooklyn Park faster than anyone expected, thanks to a coalition of church and community leaders and support from city leaders.

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"Ex-gay" therapy ban for minors fails at Minnesota Capitol, activists promise reprise in 2015

Legislation that would ban reparative therapy failed in the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 after pressure from “ex-gay” organizations.

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Homeless youth services are scarce as problem remains

Jeremiah Carter testifies before the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee March 20 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Laurie Halverson, left, that would provide funding for Homeless Youth Act activities. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Jeremiah Carter was 19 years old when he became homeless, he told the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee Thursday. He wanted to live independently, but didn’t know how to do that responsibly. Carter said his life was headed down the wrong path until he connected with a homeless youth program when he was 20. Through the program he met other youth seeking to change their lives, obtained his GED and began attending college.

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House dishes up more school lunch funds

A high-profile school lunch bill that would help ensure no student returns to class hungry was passed 130-0 by the House Thursday.

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Think before you ink: Tattoos might be everywhere—but Minnesota requires teens to wait

Miley Cyrus has a dream catcher on the right side of her abs. Justin Bieber has an eye with “Believe” under his right arm. LeBron James has Chosen1 stretched across his back.

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Social justice activists make waves at Capitol on school, homeless issues

Advocates for social justice made waves at the State Capitol on Thursday, pushing to end racial disparities in school suspensions and to address the problem of homelessness in Minnesota. The day of social activism began with a coalition of African-American and religious leaders calling for an end to school suspensions and police officers in schools; later, advocates for the homeless asked the legislature to pass a $100 million bonding bill to prevent homelessness.

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