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Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

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Expanding STEM education in Alaska

Expanding STEM education in Alaska

School is back in session across Alaska this week, but some programs never took a break. The University of Alaska Anchorage hosts ANSEP – the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. It aims to get students from middle school through graduate school interested in science and math. It starts with hands-on, practical, and fun educational experiences.

KSKA: Friday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m.
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August 28, 2015
The dorm room at Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)

Cleaning Up to Be with His Kid — Stories from Brother Francis Shelter

The morning at Brother Francis Shelter starts with a sleepy bustle. Guests wake up at 5 am, start gathering their belongings, drink some coffee and help clean the shelter. One morning in late July, in the back dormitory shelter guest William Teal wiped down the plastic sleeping mats with cleaning solution.

August 27, 2015
Advertising for the YWCA's equal pay initiative, which just finished its first year. (Courtesy of YWCA Alaska.)

YWCA is One Year Closer to Closing the Wage Gap for Women

The YWCA Alaska is one year into their initiative to eliminate the gender pay gap in Alaska by 2025. State Dept. of Labor and US Census data show that women in Alaska only make about 68 cents for every dollar made by a man. The question is, why?

August 26, 2015
Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Last spring we spoke with a young couple who moved to Wasilla in their attempt to quit meth. Now, six months later, they are still sober, living in Anchorage, and living a new life.

August 25, 2015
Guests sleep in one of the dorms at Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)

‘It’s Good to Be Here’ — Working at the Brother Francis Shelter

Working at the Brother Francis Shelter is stressful and chaotic, but for one young woman, it’s definitely worth it.

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August 24, 2015

Homelessness In Alaska

Homelessness is a problem that ails both urban and rural Alaska, both for families and individuals. And organizations and municipalities have been writing plans to deal with the issue for decades. What works? What doesn’t? What does homelessness look like on the front lines? We’ll have a panel of experts to tackle those questions in studio on Alaska Edition.

KSKA: Friday, August 21, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m.
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August 21, 2015
Solving Homelessness

Solving Homelessness

We know that homelessness is a problem in Anchorage and other parts of Alaska both for families and for individuals. And organizations and municipalities have been writing plans to deal with the issue for decades. So, are there workable solutions?

KSKA: Friday, August 21, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m.
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August 21, 2015
Rosey Robards chats with Iqlas Dubed. (Photo courtesy of ATMI)

Story-telling gives refugee teens a voice in their new community

Everyone has a story to tell, but it may not be the story you’d expect. An Anchorage non-profit called StoryWorks is helping teenagers find their stories, and this summer they focused on students who arrived in the state as refugees.

August 20, 2015
Maurice Ellis addressed the court during the sentencing hearing for his daughter, Alexandra.

Ellis sentenced to 3 years, 2 suspended, for death of cyclist Dusenbury

An Anchorage teen who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a man on a bicycle will be sentenced to three years in prison with two suspended. Judge Michael Wolverton accepted the plea deal agreed to earlier this year.

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August 19, 2015
From working to homeless and back again — a story of hope from the Brother Francis Shelter

From working to homeless and back again — a story of hope from the Brother Francis Shelter

People don’t usually plan to experience homelessness; life just takes unexpected turns. But for some guests of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage, like Michael Hindman, the experience leaves them with more hope than anything else.

August 18, 2015

Woman pleads guilty to running a sex-trafficking ring, sentenced to 5 1/2 years

Amber Batts was sentenced to five and half years in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking in the second degree Monday afternoon. The defendant was running the sex trade business “Sensual Alaska” that served people around the state.

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August 18, 2015
Melissa Holder testified during the sentencing hearing of Alexandra Ellis, who killed Holder's husband in a hit-and-run last year. Hillman/KSKA

Sentencing begins in Anchorage hit-and-run cyclist case

The first segment of Alexandra Ellis’ sentencing hearing took place Friday afternoon in Anchorage. Ellis pled guilty to hitting and killing cyclist Jeff Dusenbury last summer, when she was 17. Many community members disagree with the plea deal reached by the state this spring.

August 14, 2015
Anchorage Assembly Seeks to Add LBGT Clause To Anti-Discrimination Code

Anchorage Assembly Seeks to Add LBGT Clause To Anti-Discrimination Code

The Anchorage Assembly is trying again to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances. Assembly member Bill Evans filed the amendments Thursday. They’ll take public comment on Sept. 15.

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August 13, 2015
A Two-Wheeled Crusade Against Transphobia Hits the Road

A Two-Wheeled Crusade Against Transphobia Hits the Road

Reports show that violence against transgender people is rising nationwide. But one Anchorage woman is trying to fight transphobia locally by raising awareness that they’re part of the community, too. Her plan involves a bike, flashy pink nails, and an achingly long ride.

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August 12, 2015
‘Stop the Violence’ Walk Asks Community to Pay Attention

‘Stop the Violence’ Walk Asks Community to Pay Attention

After two recent shooting deaths of local teenagers, more than 60 people marched through the rain in East Anchorage on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness of violence in the community.

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August 10, 2015
The attendees of the Stop the Violence rally pose for a photo. Hillman/KSKA

“Stop the Violence” Walk Asks Community to Pay Attention

After two recent shooting deaths of local teenagers, more than 60 people marched through the rain in East Anchorage on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness of violence in the community.

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August 9, 2015

49 Voices: Brandon Hall from Resolution Brewing Company in Anchorage

This week we’re talking with Brandon Hall, the head brewer at Resolution Brewing Company, which opened a few months ago in Anchorage’s Mountain View neighborhood, who first came to Alaska with the Air Force after college.

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August 7, 2015
Spice is commercially sold in different packaging, typically as a loose packet of herbs treated with chemicals. (Courtesy photo - US Marine Corps)

Hospitalizations from Spice on the rise, many cases near Bean’s Cafe

More than 30 people have been hospitalized this week because of the drug spice. Though it’s not directly linked to deaths in the homeless community, staff at Bean’s Cafe are concerned.

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August 6, 2015
AK: An 80-Year Love Affair With Wildflowers Still Blossoms

AK: An 80-Year Love Affair With Wildflowers Still Blossoms

Eighty years ago Verna Pratt was more comfortable with the violets and buttercups of rural Massachusetts than with people. But her early affection for flowers led her on an unexpected path to notoriety more than 3,000 miles away.

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July 24, 2015

Deceased man found near downtown Anchorage

A fourth man in less than two weeks was found dead outside in Anchorage on Thursday late afternoon. The man, who has not been identified by the Anchorage Police Department, was near 3rd Avenue and Karluk Street close to where one man was found last week.

July 23, 2015