Anchorage social service agencies are coordinating efforts to provide safe shelter for people experiencing homelessness, and strategies are already in place to deal with the upcoming extreme cold spell.

An inmate at Highland Correctional Center died by suicide Tuesday. Twenty-two-year-old Nina Amigale Alexie was found unresponsive in her cell during a routine check last Friday. She was taken to Alaska Regional Hospital and passed away four days later. Department of Corrections spokesperson Corey Allen-Young said there's no indication she was on suicide watch. Listen now

The newest Perseverance Theater production tells the story of one man's fight for his constitutional rights as he defied the Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II while offering up relevant lessons for today. Listen now

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

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.

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.

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

The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority resigned Wednesday and will take on a different role in the organization. Some of the trustees allege that his resignation indicates violations of the Alaska Open Meetings Act. Listen Now

Alaska Public Media's community dialogue series is back! Our first topic, Being Transgender, was recorded on Sept. 28! Download Audio.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says most kids have a stable sense of gender identity by the time they are four. Rusty is one of them. Rusty may have been born a boy, but she knows she is definitely a girl. Listen Now