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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Alaska Senators Split On Homeland Security Funding Bill

The U.S. Congress tonight approved a one-week continuing resolution to avoid a partial shut down of the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier today, Alaska’s two Republican senators split over a bill that would fund the department for the rest of the fiscal year.

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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit

A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

With Medicaid Language Stripped From Budget, Path To Expansion Uncertain

During a House Finance subcommittee meeting Feb, 27, 2015, Rep. Les Gara (left center) speaks out against cutting funds proposed in the state operating budget by Gov. Bill Walker that would expand Medicaid in Alaska. In spite of his arguments, the money was stripped from the budget bill. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

A House subcommittee has stripped Medicaid expansion language from the state’s operating budget. The move is a setback for the Walker administration, which has made Medicaid expansion a top priority, but the fight may not be over yet.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Powerful Storm To Push Across Interior Alaska

A powerful storm is forecast to push across the Interior from the west on Saturday.

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I Am An Ice Sculptor

Ice, an annoyance for most during the long Alaskan winters, has become the muse for Anchorage artist Speareo Stephens. Stephens stumbled upon ice sculpting when he first arrived in Alaska and has been carving away ever since.

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The winter that wasn’t

It's a low-snow winter, both in the mountains around Anchorage and in the flats. (Photo by Brian Brettschneider, taken Jan. 25, 2015)

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt?

KSKA: Wednesday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Making the Musher

Making the Musher

Rookie mushers come and go. It takes countless hours and training to become an Iditarod great. On the next episode of Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking to a handful of mushers who are on that journey. They scoop poop. They cut up a lot of raw meat. It’s not glamorous work, but they’re chasing down a dream as Iditarod sled dogs gun it for Nome.

KSKA: Thursday, March 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

It’s winter and the thoughts of all Alaskans go to visiting the tropics, and Valley Performing Arts is bringing to the stage Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific. But not all is as simple as “washing that man right outta my hair”. Listen in to Stage Talk this week to hear Tanya Hegg (Nellie Forbush) and Ed Gilmore (The Professor) engage in a stimulating discussion of some of the deeper aspects of the play. South Pacific runs March 20th-April 19th in Wasilla.

KSKA: Friday, Feb. 27, at 2:45pm

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The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities

The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities

As Alaska tightens its belt, identifying where cuts should be made requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. On the next Addressing Alaskans, hear the results and recommendations of policy group Commonwealth North’s 2015 fiscal report — a critical examination of the sate’s operating budget, as well as a call for greater citizen engagement.

KSKA: Tuesday, March 3, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Corridors Past and Future

Historic Iditarod trail map. (Map via BLM)

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m.

Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

The streets, trail and woods of Anchorage can be a mean place for a homeless person. Now, imagine that person is your 15-year-old son or daughter. Nobody knows the realities faced by these kids more than the front-line workers from Covenant House Alaska who work the streets daily in an attempt to preserve the health and lives of this vulnerable population. Please Join us for the second of our three-part series addressing the issue of teenage homelessness in Alaska.

KSKA: Monday, March 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

ADN's Devin Kelly, KTUU's Austin Baird join Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes on Alaska Edition to discuss Anchorage's upcoming mayoral election. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off.

KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm

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Alaska News Nightly: February 27, 2015

Alaska Senators Split On Homeland Security Funding Bill; Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit; With Medicaid Language Stripped From Budget, Path To Expansion Uncertain; Powerful Storm To Push Across Interior Alaska; Cargo Ship Released, Crew to Stay Behind as Pollution Case Continues; State Considers B.C. Mines As Promoters Plan Visit; Tractor Trailer Rolls Over On Dalton Highway, Spilling Up To 4,000 Gallons Of Diesel; Fairbanks Assembly OKs Air-Quality Ordinance; Dissenter Predicts Voter Backlash; Salmon Sisters Meld East Coast Education With Commercial Fishing Roots; 300 Villages: Mud Bay

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