Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media
A program aimed at helping mothers who are in prison connect with their kids is called the Lullaby Project. Professional musicians work with inmates at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River to write songs for the inmate’s children then the musicians record them onto a CD. Listen now
Alaska's immigrant population is growing at a faster rate than almost any other place in the nation, and most of the people who arrive in the state are of working age. Immigrants are starting new businesses, paying taxes, and helping build our local economies. On the next Talk of Alaska we'll talk about the contributions of foreign-born Alaskans and the challenges they face when starting a life here. Listen Now
A Washington man has been indicted for fraudulently taking about $2.7 million from Alaskans, most of whom were elderly.
A man at the Wildwood Correctional Complex died by apparent suicide Tuesday afternoon, though his death is still under investigation.Listen now According to a State Trooper dispatch, 30-year-old Walter Shade of Soldotna was arrested and sent to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility on September 1 for stealing $3,000 worth of tires from a store earlier this summer.
When foster youth are admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Alaska against their will, they can stay there for up to 30 days without judicial review. Two tribes are arguing that's too long. The Office of Children's services says a judge shouldn't have to sign off at all on keeping kids at North Star Hospital. The court battle has lasted over two years, and a judge will hear more oral arguments later this month. Listen now
AT&T is donating $750 thousand dollars to an Anchorage program aimed at helping at-risk and homeless youth graduate high school. “Back on Track” is a collaboration between United Way, the Anchorage School District, and Covenant House Alaska. Listen now
LGBTQ elders say Anchorage was very accepting until the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, when everything changed. Listen now
Organizations and social services in Anchorage are learning from the stresses caused by closing down homeless camps in Anchorage to develop long-term collaborations and strategies. Listen now
New, easily searchable database helps the Anchorage School District develop solutions. And the information will be public. Listen now
People with drug felonies can now apply for food stamps in Alaska, but they have to prove that they are complying with parole and substance abuse treatment requirements. Listen now
The Alaska Supreme Court overturned the state's parental notification law for minors who are seeking abortions. The voter-passed initiative required unmarried women under 18 who wanted to terminate their pregnancies to notify their parents 48 hours before the procedure. The court deemed it unconstitutional. Listen now
As of Wednesday evening, the McHugh Fire was estimated at 842 acres, and 250 crew members from Alaska and the Lower 48 were working on stopping its growth. The community gathered to get more information. Listen now
A new report shows high rates of turnover are leading to inconsistency at the Office of Children’s Services, which operates the state’s foster care system. Frontline workers also say the community does not understand what they do. Listen now