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The state House voted Thursday to sunset the Alaska Film Tax Credit in 2016. The provision was part of a bill requiring state agencies to report to the Legislature on so-called “lost revenue.” That’s the millions of dollars in revenues the state doesn’t collect each year due to various fee exemptions and tax credits. The bill adds sunset dates to some of them, meaning those programs would expire if lawmakers don’t intervene before then.
The Alaska State House has voted in favor of Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to shore up the state’s pension system.
Contract talks between the state and Alaska’s ferry workers are heating up as each side disagrees on how to make up the gap between revenues and the cost of operating the ferry system. Workers are now considering whether to authorize a strike if negotiations remain stalled.
It was very hard to stay calm and collected when I was calling home to Anchorage at 5:00 pm on Good Friday 1964, only to hear the chronic phone message, “Unable to complete your call due to transmission interruption in southeastern Alaska,” or something on that order.
I had never heard anything like that before, but then I didn’t make too many calls home from Oregon while I was in college.
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.
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.
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.
The ice will soon go out soon on our lakes and rivers. The sea otters are ready to pose for our pictures. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re getting ready for paddling season. Host Charles Wohlforth and guests will be talking about canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rivers, lakes and the ocean — gear, safety, planning and packing. We’ll be dreaming about the trips we would love to take, and talking to folks who have done them.
KSKA: Thursday, April 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
A green oasis in downtown? A good venue for outdoor community festivities? A hidden pocket for bad behavior that scares other users away? What will Town Square’s story ultimately be? Learn its history and imagine its future.
KSKA: Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism Mark Trahant speaks as part of a series titled “Women and Agents of Violence.”
KSKA: Tuesday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Ferry Workers Considering Strike If Contract Negotiations Don’t Move Forward; Texan Confirmed To Gasline Board; Gov. Parnell Signs Bill Restricting Medicaid Payments For Abortions; State House OKs Refinery Subsidy Plan; High Mercury Levels Found In Lake Trout From Lake Clark; Alaska Inuit Circumpolar Conference Searches For Food Security Definition; National Weather Service Forecasts Kuskokwim Breakup; Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools’ Nutrition Guidelines; NOMAR Names ‘Alaska Manufacturer Of The Year’