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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Lawmakers Make Tentative Deal On Education Bill

Negotiators from the State House and Senate have reached a deal on the governor’s education bill, and it includes a mix of permanent and one-time funding increases.

Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Legislature Passes Bill With Aid For State Refineries

The package, which includes state income tax credits and other provisions, was forwarded by Governor Sean Parnell as a means to ensure Alaska retains its refining industry as cheaper Lower 48 oil makes shipping fuel into the state an option.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Report Not Anticipating Near-Term Arctic Increase In Commercial Shipping

Despite reports of a boom in Arctic ship traffic, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office concludes commercial industries aren’t planning to boost shipping through the Bering Strait or elsewhere in the U.S. Arctic over the next decade.

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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

What Needs To Be Done To Respond To An Arctic Oil Spill?

Oil and gas planning areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Oil and gas lease areas are shown in 
orange, with seismic survey areas shown in gray. Selected oil and gas wells, some in Alaskan state waters and some 
in federal waters, are shown as purple dots. Some coastal communities and cities are also shown.  (Image from the National Research Council)

The National Research Council released a report on what needs to be done in order to be able to respond to oil spills in Arctic waters. Environmental groups were quick to respond that so much needs to be done that it would be better to not drill at all.

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I Am A Cupcake Warrior

After winning Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Kastle Sorensen and her “Kastle’s Kreations” food truck have turned Alaska’s cupcake scene upside down.

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Brace Yourselves, Bird Season is Coming

A Red Breasted Nut Hatch, spotted in Anchorage.

Today we’re gearing up for the birding season. Townsquare 49 contributor and bird enthusiast Zac Clark says Anchorage will see a big flux of birds in the next two to six weeks.

He calls this time of year the glory days, but it wasn’t long ago when Clark couldn’t have cared less about birds.

Planning Summer Trips With Kids

Planning Summer Trips With Kids

Taking kids on an outdoor vacation can be the most rewarding and memorable time of your life. And the most stressful. Ever been without a campsite with hungry, tired kids when its getting past bedtime? Now THAT’S an extreme sport. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about family trips. Host Charles Wohlforth wrote a book on the subject and he is joined by two other authors of advice on family travel in Alaska and taking kids outdoors.

KSKA: Thursday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The Anchorage Daily News Changes Ownership

The Anchorage Daily News Changes Ownership

The Anchorage Daily News is changing hands, bought by the Alaska Dispatch website and its owner, Alice Rogoff. Tony Hopfinger, who left the Daily News as a reporter to start the Dispatch in his spare bedroom, returns as executive editor. The Daily News sale is the biggest change in Alaska media in more than two decades. Join host Charles Wohlforth as he hashes out the details of what this means for Anchorage with the Daily News’ new leaders.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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Generations At Risk: Zooming in on the Effects of Toxic Chemicals

Generations At Risk: Zooming in on the Effects of Toxic Chemicals

This week on Addressing Alaskans, director of the University of California at San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Dr. Tracey Woodruff talks about toxic chemicals, exposure and the effects on our health.

KSKA: Tuesday, April 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Taking phone calls from all over the largest congressional district in the nation can be a challenge, but it also makes for quite a radio show. Alaska Congressman Don Young is back in his district for the spring recess, and ready to talk with you on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/22 at 10:00am

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Child Abuse & Neglect – Causes, Consequences and Prevention

Child Abuse & Neglect – Causes, Consequences and Prevention

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, nearly 2,000 Alaskan children were in out-of-home placement in January 2014. The vast majority of those cases were due to child abuse and neglect. Office of Children’s Services Director Christy Lawton puts it like this: “Unfortunately, child abuse is happening in Alaska every day, in every community, among every ethnicity, and every socioeconomic group.” Join host Prentiss Pemberton and guests to talk about child abuse – causes, consequences and prevention – on the next Line One.

KSKA: Monday, April 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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“Ready for my close-up Ms. Crystal!”

“Ready for my close-up Ms. Crystal!”

What is every “Any-town USA” actor’s dream? Why to have a famous actress come by to audition you for her repertory company. But there may be more than meets the eye in Dick Reichman’s new play, The Audition opening at Cyrano’s Theatre Company April 24th and running through May 18th. Join Dick and Julia Cossman who plays Simone Crystal this week on Stage Talk as they talk about this exiting new offering from one of Anchorage’s hometown playwrights.

KSKA: Friday, April 18, at 2:45 p.m.
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Alaska Edition: April 18, 2014

Patrick Flynn takes over as chair of the Anchorage Assembly. The Alaska Legislature is still addressing major capital projects in the final days of the session. The Loussac Library bond failed by 14 votes. Why? Legislation to raise the minimum wage becomes deeply controversial. Wasilla does a turnaround on regulating the drug spice. The cost of Gov. Parnell’s North Slope initiative is ballooning. Two inmates die in Alaska prisons in a week.

KSKA: Friday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m.

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I Am A Boogie Woogie Piano Man

Johnny B. travels throughout Alaska by bush plane to play his signature boogie woogie piano music to remote audiences.

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Alaska News Nightly: April 23, 2014

What Needs To Be Done To Respond To An Arctic Oil Spill?; Report Not Anticipating Near-Term Arctic Increase In Commercial Shipping; No End In Sight For Alaska Lawmakers; Legislature Passes Bill With Aid For State Refineries; YK Delta VPSOs Prepare For Firearms; Survey Finds Mat-Su Residents Want To Maintain Rural Profile; Fairbanks Hatchery Opening Doors To Public; Moviegoers Get Glimpse Of Katmai Grizzlies In Disney’s ‘Bears’

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