Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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Today we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how a group of Sudanese refugees are moving forward after a recent vandalism incident in Anchorage.
KSKA: Friday, 4/3 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 4:30pm
The Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer. Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage today (on Wednesday) on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area.
The state has amended a transportation plan to delay two large projects. Funds for the Knik Arm Crossing and the Juneau access road have been pulled from the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.
Anchorage police are investigating a homicide in the city’s Spenard neighborhood. A suspect has been taken into custody. Police are not releasing the nature of the assault at this time.
Some Alaska alternative energy producers may benefit from new rules the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is considering. But other independents say the state’s power statutes are so antiquated they should be completely revised.
State attorneys are about to finish questioning witnesses for the defense in a trial that could determine whether or not the state removes some restrictions for Medicaid – funded abortions for low income women.
Alaska Department of Transportation and Anchorage police report the Seward highway is open again. It was closed this morning due to a rock slide near the scales south of Potter Marsh. Both lanes of the highway were closed.
State Superior Court judge John Suddock will decide on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s complaint against the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
AVTEC, the state’s vocational and technical school with campuses in Seward and Anchorage, will be losing programs due to the budget ax.
The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a January midair collision of two light planes.
The city of Anchorage and the Matanuska Susitna Borough are wrestling over the problem of disposal of the Borough’s septic waste. A Borough waste treatment facility could be years away, while Anchorage’s wastewater utility has had its fill of the Borough’s sludge.
Firefighters responded to a blaze at an assisted living home near Wasilla early Monday afternoon.
A new report released by the Mat Su Health Foundation indicates that behavioral health services in the Matanuska Susitna Borough are woefully inadequate. The report, the first of three, suggests that residents are not accessing care until they are in a crisis situation.
Cook Inlet Region Incorporated has put the second phase of its Fire Island wind farm on hold because of a lack of customers.
Common Core, the federally – sponsored education standards adopted by many states, has raised the hackles of some Alaska legislators and some Mat-Su parents.
Successful applicant will fill Colver’s seat until October, 2015
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough passed a resolution this week establishing a Borough Marijuana Advisory Committee.
A contentious shooting range issue dominated Tuesday night’s Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly meeting, and the debate over the range’s location affects a Valley youth program.
A massive building fire in Wasilla is under control
A young man fell to his death on Sunday while climbing Mount Yukla, above Eagle River. Dasan Marshall, 24, of Portland, Oregon was a student at Alaska Pacific University.