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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Senate Passes Bill Transferring $3 Billion To Retirement System

After wrestling with how to approach the state’s massive unfunded liability for months, the Alaska Senate unanimously agreed to put $3 billion toward the public employee pension system just hours after their plan was released.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Effort To Revive Parts Of Controversial Permitting Bill Scrapped

An effort to resurrect parts of House Bill 77 was abandoned on Friday night.

Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC

Education Activists Wary of Latest School Funding Bill

Sen. Kevin Meyer (File photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

In Juneau, the latest version of the education funding bill emerged today, and it isn’t what school advocates were hoping for. Senate Finance co-chairman Kevin Meyer says it’s a comprehensive bill that would add $100 million to education, and he says the Republican majority is committed to keeping that money in the budget for each of the next three years.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch

Education isn’t the only thing left on the Legislature’s plate. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is our Capitol correspondent, and she’s joining us today to walk us through what lawmakers need to do in the 60 hours before they gavel out.

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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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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.

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.

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.

“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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A Trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Photo by Doug Lindstrand.

When driving along Turnagain Arm, you might miss the modest sign for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage Creek.

But if you do manage to find your way into the wildlife center, you’ll find some interesting animals with equally fascinating stories.

The Potential of Trails in Alaska

Volunteers hand craft Kincaid singletrack. (Photo by Janice Tower/Singletrack Advocates.)

With the snow melting back and the ground thawing out, Alaska’s trail builders will soon be back at work making the country more accessible. They’ll be out there with tools and crews, shaping paths for feet, paws and wheels. If you never heard of single tracks and pump tracks and especially if you have, you’ll learn what’s new in trails on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/15 at 10:00am

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Alaska News Nightly: April 18, 2014

School Advocates Unhappy With Education Bill’s Latest Rendering; Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch; Series Of Quakes Rattle Northwest Alaska; ‘Recall Lindsey Holmes’ Group Takes Petition Dismissal To Court; NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Hageland Crash; Talkeetna Guides With Everest Experience Speak About Deadly Incident; AK: Hazing Birds; 300 Villages: Akiachak

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