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Pioneers of Television: Funny Ladies

Watch Funny Ladies – Preview on PBS. See more from pbs.

This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television — legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on “I Love Lucy” and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers television’s most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.

TV: Tuesday, 1/15 at 7:00pm

January 14, 2013
(Left) This development has more space between structures and private open spaces that are accessible to their units. (Right) The new open space requirements are trying to improve the quality and dimensions of spaces in between buildings over what is pictured here above. Photos courtesy of the Municipality of Anchorage

The Document That Will Determine How Anchorage Grows: Title 21 Finally Before the Assembly

A long-anticipated rewrite of Anchorage land use law, also known as ‘Title 21’, is set to come before the Anchorage Assembly tomorrow (1/15, Tues). The revision has been in the works for nearly 10 years. Public hearings are expected to be lively. KSKA’s Daysha Eaton has the story.

January 14, 2013
Rep. Mike Chenault (left) and Sen. Charlie Huggins (right) speak with reporters the day before the 28th Legislature is slated to begin. Photos by Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau.

28th Alaska Legislature Convenes Tuesday

The 28th legislature gets underway Tuesday afternoon. With Republicans holding a majority in both chambers, significant changes are likely for how lawmakers will work together. Oil tax reform proposals will be a big focus. I sat down in the Speaker’s chamber with Majority leaders Kenai Representative Mike Chenault, the house speaker, and Wasilla Senator Charlie Huggins, Senate President, to ask how they see the debate over oil taxes playing out this session. I asked Huggins if there were any deal breakers for him.

January 14, 2013
A page hard at work in the House Chamber. Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage.

Staffers Make Last Minute Preparations For Legislative Session

Even though the legislative session doesn’t start until tomorrow, lots of behind the scenes work is underway at the state capitol. APRN’s Annie Feidt wandered the halls today looking for activity and has this story.

January 14, 2013

ANC’s Holmes Surprises Democrats, Switches to GOP

For six years, legislator Lindsey Holmes has represented West Anchorage as a Democrat. But as of Saturday afternoon, she’s a Republican. The announcement that Holmes had switched parties came after a two-hour caucus meeting, where members of the House Majority hashed out what the change meant and occasionally tuned into the NFL playoffs. It was unexpected, and Holmes thinks she’ll get a wide range of responses from her district.

January 14, 2013

Integrity Of Preserved Evidence Questioned In 30-Year-Old Double Homicide Case

Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey is considering whether to order DNA testing in a 30-year old double homicide in Juneau. It could be one of the first tests of a new Alaska law that allows state-funded examination of DNA evidence after a convicted felon has been sent to prison.

January 14, 2013

Officials Assess Drill Barge Hull

Divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles have completed a review of the hull of a Royal Dutch Shell drill barge that ran aground two weeks ago on a remote Alaska island.

January 14, 2013

Allen Moore Wins Copper Basin 300

Allen Moore is the 2013 Copper Basin 300 Champion. The Two Rivers musher crossed the finish line around 11:22 Monday morning. Moore’s victory is an unprecedented fourth in the race’s history.

January 14, 2013

Government Peak Trails Attract Nordic Skiers

A little rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of cross country skiers enjoying the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s second Winter Trails Day this season at the Government Peak Recreation Area near Palmer.

January 14, 2013

Alaska News Nightly: January 14, 2013

28th Alaska Legislature Convenes Tuesday; Lawmakers Make Final Preparations For Session; ANC’s Holmes Surprises Democrats, Switches to GOP; Integrity Of Preserved Evidence Questioned In 30-Year-Old Double Homicide Case; Anchorage Police Investigate Double Homicide; Allen Moore Wins Copper Basin 300; Government Peak Trails Attract Nordic Skiers

January 14, 2013

ANC, Mat-Su Schools and UAA Campuses Close Monday

All schools in the Anchorage School District are closed on Monday due to the icy road conditions. All schools in the Mat-Su school district are closed too, except for Glacier View. The UAA, Eagle River and JBER campuses are closed. The administrative offices of ASD are open and employees are encouraged to come to work when and if they can. Many streets throughout Anchorage and the Mat-Su remain extremely slippery.

January 14, 2013

Video Glimpes: Luis Gonzalez Palma Never Took a Picture Here

Last month, Rasmuson Foundation launched a new series of videos that add to the web-based collection of stories we call “Glimpses of Who We Are.”

In this edition, filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean features Cathy Tagnak Rexford’s poem, “Luis Gonzalez Palma never took a picture here” through footage and imagery of the North and its people.

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January 14, 2013