Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

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After being told innumerable times that maybe she asked too many questions, Anne Hillman decided to pursue a career in journalism. Her first radio job was at KDLG in Dillingham in 2007, and then she moved to KUCB in Unalaska where she worked for three years in both news and programming. For two years, until May 2014, she alternated between freelancing with APRN and other Alaskan media and working as a community radio journalism trainer in rural South Sudan. Her current position at Alaska Public Media is as the organization’s urban affairs reporter as part of the community affairs desk.

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Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families -- and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? We'll talk about supporting the foster care system on the next Talk of Alaska statewide. Download Audio

Kwigillingok is preventing kids from entering foster care by intervening with families before abuse starts. Meet their Child Protection Team. Download Audio

This week we’re hearing from Antonio Prescott and inmate at Mackenzie Correctional Farm outside Wasilla. Antonio manages the chicken house, which supplies eggs for Alaska’s correctional system. Download Audio

Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? APRN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

A new community organization is building support networks through churches to help families in crisis before child abuse has a chance to start. Download Audio
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Many children in foster care will go back to their parents, so maintaining the bond between them is necessary. But sometimes that takes a little community support. Download Audio
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Foster kids who don't feel like they belong act out. The solution? Foster parents are working harder to make kids into family. Download Audio

Nearly 3,000 kids are in foster care in Alaska. The system is overburdened. The first of five parts looks at what's going on at the Office of Children's Services. Download Audio

Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm in Wasilla produces food for prisons around the state and donates thousands of pounds of produce to the Food Bank. But some say the most important thing is helping the inmates find direction. Download Audio

One man who grew up in Alaska but was undocumented as a child was barred from returning home from Russia for seven years. Download Audio

Crews worked throughout the night to splice 550 threads.

A severed fiber optic cable causes phone, internet, and cable outages throughout the state. Download Audio
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Take a field trip to the moon through virtual reality and a cardboard box. Download Audio

Upsets over financing for school capital projects and a tax-cap calculation will leave Administration with budget challenges, though more liberal-leaning Assembly. Download Audio

The state House passed a foster care improvement bill Friday afternoon. Under the new legislation, the state would put a stronger focus on finding foster kids permanent homes and prioritize placing them with relatives when possible. Download Audio

The state House unanimously passed a bill Friday morning that would create Indigenous Peoples Day on the 18th of October every year and Katie John Day on May 31. Download Audio
Anchorage Vision Zero

Anchorage is joining a global campaign to eliminate traffic-related deaths. The muni is gathering public comments from drivers, bikers, walkers, and everyone else to try to achieve Vision Zero.

Senate Bill 91, the omnibus crime bill, is working its way through the Senate Finance Committee. In its current form, it would save the state about $150 million over the next five years, but advocates say it will only make the community safer if most of that is reinvested. Download Audio

Covenant House, a youth shelter in Anchorage, aims to protect young people from human trafficking, but the facility used to inadvertently contribute to the problem. Now, they’re helping solve it. And it all starts with a door. Download Audio