Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media
After being told innumerable times that maybe she asked too many questions, Anne Hillman decided to pursue a career in journalism. She's reported from around Alaska since 2007 and briefly worked as a community radio journalism trainer in rural South Sudan. ahillman (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8447  |  About Anne

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board met on Thursday to discuss the legality of its investment policy. The board’s decisions to independently invest $39 million of the Trust’s principal funds in real estate have recently been called into question. State statue reads the Trust’s principal is to be invested by the Permanent Fund Corporation, but the board and its legal counsel previously interpreted other statues and regulations to provide more leeway for investments. Listen now

Late last month the state's crime lab confirmed that a counterfeit prescription opioid tablet was found in Alaska. The small blue pill looked like a generic oxycodone tablet but was actually made of the much stronger drug fentanyl. Listen now

In many correctional facilities in Alaska, an enclosed room with an opening that lets in fresh air is considered outdoor space. For inmates held in protective custody at Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla, that’s their only access to outdoor recreation, which could be a violation of their constitutional rights. Listen Now

Improving communication between sex workers and law enforcement could decrease violent crimes against people working in the industry. Listen Now

Two Alaska restaurant chains have to pay employees about $835,000 in overtime pay and damages to 159 employees. The state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development investigated Taco King and Gallo's Mexican Restaurants after receiving several complaints by employees since 2007 and a number of anonymous calls. Listen Now

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority will undergo a special audit. The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee voted unanimously in favor of the action Tuesday with no discussion or questions. The audit will include an investigation into the Trust's investments. Listen Now

Congress set up the Alaska Mental Health Trust in 1956 to make sure the state could provide mental health care programs to its residents far into the future. But the Trust has had a tumultuous history, and now, some state leaders fear it could be in danger once more. Legislators are considering a special audit of the Trust and how the trustees are investing its money.Listen Now

Neighborhood Gift is happening a week early this year, and the organization is far behind on volunteers.

A little-known district court judge in Detroit shapes the protection of civil rights for a nation. A young man and his mother journey through gender transition. On the next Talk of Alaska we'll discuss two documentaries featured in the Anchorage International Film Festival - Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith and Real Boy. Listen Now

FBI statistics show the number of hate crimes is on the rise nationally, but very few are reported in Alaska. Local officials say that’s not necessarily because they aren’t happening, they just don’t know about them. A recent class taught community members how to recognize and report a hate crime. Listen Now

New president Kevin McGee said the NAACP is focused on more than just the rights of African-Americans; they are building relationships with other community organizations to stand up for the rights for all Alaskans. Listen Now

How much does race matter? Does it define who you are? How people react to you? Join us for Community in Unity: Race & Identity, a public conversation about race, how it helps us define ourselves, and how it influences our interactions with others.

Last year the legislature passed a far-reaching omnibus criminal justice reform bill – SB 91. It was based on recommendations from the Criminal Justice Reform Commission and developed to both save money and reduce recidivism. It’s based on data from similar initiatives around the country. Opponents says it’s soft on crime and lets people off too easily. But political arguments aside – what does this 128-page tomb actually do? What’s already happening and what’s yet to come? That’s the topic on Talk of Alaska. Listen now

Transgender Day of Remembrance honors victims of violence, and reminds community members to support each other. Listen Now

Though many community members and advisory members expressed concern, the change in leadership at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority was made official on Thursday.

Anchorage School District is trying to close the achievement gap by having open conversations about race and racism. Listen Now

Alaska's Human Rights Commission is taking steps to legally protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. Listen Now

This week is an election special-- Zoo election, that is. Supporters of the Alaska Zoo will be electing a president of their own on November 8th. Today we’ll hear from three candidates -- Aphun the polar bear, Denali the wolf and George the Magpie—as well as their two campaign managers. Listen Now

The Anchorage School District has a new public web page that lets community members comb through district data. Listen Now

Retired Sgt. Kevin Briggs is known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. For years he patrolled the iconic San Francisco landmark and spoke with people who were considering suicide. Listen Now