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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Legislature Diving Into Anchorage’s Violent Crime, Potentially Bringing New Funds

Legislature Diving Into Anchorage’s Violent Crime, Potentially Bringing New Funds

Legislators in Juneau heard testimony Friday on why violent crime appears to be rising, and what assistance state law-makers may be able to provide through appropriations.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Alaska Senate Delays Vote On Pot Legislation

The Alaska Senate has delayed a vote on its signature marijuana bill after saying they need more time to consider an amendment that would largely ban concentrates.

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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Alaskans Testify On Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Bill

Lawmakers took public testimony for the first time Thursday on Governor Bill Walker’s bill to expand Medicaid. The public spoke during the last 30 minutes of the House Health and Social Services committee’s hearing on HB 148.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Murkowski Adds Federal Land Disposal Measure to Budget

Environmentalists are saying a budget amendment authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski could lead to a plundering of treasured federal landscapes. Murkowski’s amendment on federal land disposals was part of a national budget resolution the Senate passed early this morning. Senators offered hundreds of amendments that don’t have the force of law but often serve symbolic or political purposes.

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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Court of Appeals Affirms Lower Court in Yup’ik Fishermen’s Case

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished during a state closure should be charged. The decision was issued today.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Warm Interior Weather Turns Attention To River Breakup

This week’s warm weather is turning attention to river break up. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb is tracking the factors that play into ice flowing out.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Round-the-world Bicycle Traveler Stops Over in Fairbanks

Round-the-world Bicycle Traveler Stops Over in Fairbanks

A South African adventurer pedaled a bike into Fairbanks this week, completing the first leg of a journey that will take him around the world twice over 8 years.

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Kristin Leffler, KNOM - Nome

Family of Four Starts 500-mile Trek to Kotzebue

Family of Four Starts 500-mile Trek to Kotzebue

As Iditarod mushers were finishing their 1,000-mile journey, a family of four was just beginning their own trek from under the ceremonial burled arch. Bretwood “Hig” Higman, Erin McKittrick, and their two young kids Katmai and Lituya started their 500-mile trek from Nome to Kotzebue on Friday. Over the next few months, they plan to walk, ski and paddle up the Bering Strait.

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Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law was recently introduced again in the state legislature. It would mandate all public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention curriculum to all students grades K-12. It also requires education and awareness for teachers.

KSKA: Friday, 3/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 4:30pm

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Legislative Analyst Offers Gloomy Budget Outlook

Manipulating an Excel spreadsheet with dozens of inputs, Legislative Finance Director David Teal showed what would happen if the state cut formula programs, added a variety of taxes, and shrunk its agencies. None of the actions taken on their own made any difference. At projected oil prices, the state still does not close its multi-billion-dollar deficit.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Lawmakers Seek Answers On Rape Kit Backlog

Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assault in the country, but it has no mechanism for tracking untested rape kits. Now, legislators are considering an audit to find out just how big the backlog is.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

In Continuing Fight, Public Broadcasting Funding Axed

Earlier this month, public broadcasting survived an effort in the House to slash its state funding by half. Now, a subcommittee in the Senate has axed the appropriation entirely.

Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Choose Respect Rally Marches Through Juneau

Gov. Bill Walker led about 100 people in a Choose Respect rally and march through Juneau on Thursday. The statewide initiative to raise awareness about Alaska’s high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault started six years ago, and grew in prominence after being embraced by former Gov. Sean Parnell.

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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Fairbanks School Board OKs Budget That Cuts 60 Jobs; Member May Seek Salary Freeze

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Governing Board passed a budget Wednesday that would cut about 60 full-time positions and trim many programs. One board member who voted against the measure says the cuts go too far, and she says she’ll push for a salary freeze to reduce the impact of the cuts.

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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Conservation Groups Appeal Big Thorne Ruling

Conservation Groups Appeal Big Thorne Ruling

Less than a week after losing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, a coalition of conservation groups seeking to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale has filed a Notice of Appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked for an injunction pending the outcome.

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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Prolific Glacial Melt Is 10% Of Annual Fresh Water In The Gulf Of Alaska

A kayak trip in Glacier Bay in 2006 inspired an engineer to research the impact of glacial run off in the Gulf of Alaska. David Hill is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Oregon State University. For the study, he used decades of state and USGS stream flow data, combined with calculations on land characteristics and watershed size to create an analysis for the entire area. He found glacier melt makes up about 10% of the overall precipitation added to the Gulf. The annual amount is measured in multiple feet of water. Hill says he worked to model how quickly rain and snow melt started to flow.

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Alaska’s Housing Issues

Only 10 percent percent of the people in Alaska who experience homelessness are chronically homeless. Families and individuals often become homeless because they lost their jobs or the cost of housing is too high. So what can we do about it?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/31 at 10:00am

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AK: The Middle Ages

Feasts, jousting, and medieval dress are just your average afternoon for members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Participants are dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and culture of pre-17th century Europe. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver joined the Alaska contingent for its annual Bi-Baronial Collegium in Wasilla and reports it’s about values, family, and finding a place to fit in.

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49 Voices: Dan Distor of Mountain Village

This week we hear from a Filipino high school student who moved to Pilot Station from Texas with his family when he was a first grader. Dan Distor lives in Mountain Village.

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Alaska News Nightly: March 27, 2015

Alaska Senate Delays Vote On Pot Legislation; Legislative Analyst Offers Gloomy Budget Outlook; Alaskans Testify On Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Bill; Murkowski Adds Federal Land Disposal Measure to Budget; Court of Appeals Affirms Lower Court in Yup’ik Fishermen’s Case; Warm Interior Weather Turns Attention To River Breakup; Round-the-world Bicycle Traveler Stops Over in Fairbanks; Family of Four Starts 500-mile Trek to Kotzebue; AK: The Middle Ages; 49 Voices: Dan Distor of Mountain Village

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