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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Obama to Talk Climate, Reveal New Alaska Policies

To a president calling for global action on climate change, Alaska is one big show-and-tell exhibit. Exit Glacier is on the presidential itinerary next week, and Obama is expected to announce new Alaska initiatives related to climate.

Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Town Square gardeners pick up the burden of city homelessness

Jamie Whiteman starts watering flowers after she and her crew finish gathering trash and rousing people that stayed overnight in Town Square Park

An unlikely group of city employees are on the front-line of handling worsening woes with homelessness in Anchorage.

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Legislators View Palmer Meat Plant

Palmer’s Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage is the only US Department of Agriculture approved slaughterhouse in Southcentral Alaska. But the facility may only have one more year in operation.

Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1

An Anchorage Superior Court Judge ruled Friday afternoon that Medicaid expansion can go forward in Alaska as planned next week. Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the Alaska Legislative Council’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the program. The council is appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Emily Russell, KNOM - Nome

News of Obama Initiative on Village Relocation Pops in Nome

News of Obama Initiative on Village Relocation Pops in Nome

Word is out already on one initiative President Obama is likely to announce while he’s in state — a plan to put the Denali Commission in charge of a project on village relocation.

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Jay Barrett, KMXT - Kodiak

3 homes, community library lost in the Chiniak fire near Kodiak

Photo by Scott Wight. Shared via KMXT.org.

The wind-whipped wildfire that threatened Chiniak on Kodiak Island may not turn out to be the community-wide disaster it appeared it might become when officials ordered the evacuation of all residents Thursday night.

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Tim Bodony, KIYU - Galena

Belugas sightings persist in the middle Yukon

Belugas sightings persist in the middle Yukon

Residents of the middle Yukon River from Kaltag to Ruby have seen several groups of beluga whales over the past few weeks.

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Superintendent of the Year

Chugach School District Superintendent Dr. Bob Crumley is Alaska Superintendent of the Year, 2016.

Jay Barrett, KMXT - Kodiak

Chiniak fire claims library, spares school; Residents evacuated

Photo by Scott Wight. Shared via KMXT.org.

A growing, wind-whipped wildfire continues to burn out of control in Chiniak. The latest report is that while the Chiniak library has burnt down, the nearby Chiniak K-8 School survived. The blaze began sometime around 9 p.m. Thursday night, and may have been sparked by downed powerlines. All night flames of the rapidly growing fire were clearly visible from Kodiak City, 10 miles across Chiniak Bay.

Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Judge strikes down law restricting Medicaid-funded abortions

The Alaska Superior Court today struck down a state law that would have limited Medicaid coverage of abortions for low-income women. The judge found the law, which imposes a strict definition of “medically necessary abortion” violates the equal protection guarantees of Alaska’s constitution.

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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Judge hears arguments in anti-Medicaid lawsuit; Plaintiff attorney joins by Skype

Judge hears arguments in anti-Medicaid lawsuit; Plaintiff attorney joins by Skype

Superior court judge Frank Pfiffner heard oral arguments this afternoon in Anchorage in the Legislative Council’s case against Gov. Bill Walker to stop Medicaid expansion. The Council filed suit Monday to stop the program from going forward as planned next week, saying the governor doesn’t have the authority to expand Medicaid on his own.

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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

BC official says they’re open to more mine treaty talks

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett discusses the week’s mine meetings as Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and other state officials listen during a Wednesday press conference in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News).

British Columbia’s top mining official says he’s open to involving his federal government in transboundary mine conflicts. That’s a change from earlier statements.

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Laura Kraegel - KNOM Nome

Science takes center stage at USARC meeting in Nome

Science takes center stage at USARC meeting in Nome

Science was in the spotlight when the U.S. Arctic Research Commission came together for its second and final day of meetings, covering a range of topics — from fire forecasts and walrus tagging to sea ice loss and the nutritional value of reindeer meat.

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

SBA To Offer Sockeye Wildfire Relief

Those who suffered losses in the Sockeye Fire earlier this summer will be getting some financial help from the (SBA) *Small Business Administration. Wednesday’s announcement covers both residences and businesses.

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Alaska judge blocks law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

A state court judge in Alaska has ruled that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.

The Associated Press

Smartphone app identifies weeds invasive to Alaska

Common toadflax is native to Europe, but is an invasive species in Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Oxana Maher)

A new smartphone application is helping researchers learn where plant species invasive to Alaska are growing.

Robert Hannon, KUAC - Fairbanks

GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in Alaska

GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in Alaska

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul spoke in Anchorage and Fairbanks on Tuesday, kicking off a swing through western states for the Kentucky conservative.

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Presidential Visits to The Last Frontier

The president is visiting Alaska, and it’s more than just a fuel stop this time. On the next Talk of Alaska, we’re taking a trip into the annals of presidential history in the Last Frontier. FDR and Jimmy Carter went fishing during their visits here. Reagan hosted the pope. And Clinton popped downtown for a sandwich. What will Obama’s visit be remembered for?

APRN: Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10:00 a.m.

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AK: Setting sail with a tot in tow

This is a story about living the life you want after having a kid. Buying a sailboat is one way to keep things exciting. That’s what Anchorage couple Devon and Melissa Bradley did. Here’s a spoiler: their family is happier than ever. We send an audio recorder on board one weekend while they cruised around Kachemak Bay.

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49 Voices: Leah Zumwalt of Anchorage

This week, we’re hearing from Leah Zumwalt, a first-grade teacher at Inlet View Elementary in Anchorage. She’s originally from California, but has lived in Alaska for eight years.

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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, August 28, 2015

Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1; Policy promises and more on the presidential docket ; USARC presentation hints at a relocation initiative in the president’s policy plans; 3 homes, community library lost in the Chiniak fire near Kodiak; Town Square gardeners pick up the burden of city homelessness; Belugas sightings persist in the middle Yukon; AK: Setting sail with a tot in tow; 49 Voices: Leah Zumwalt of Anchorage

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