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Valeri Davidson (left) and Walt Monegan (middle), talk with host Lori Townsend (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Reports Highlight High Rate of Violence in Alaska

Two recent reports highlight the tragically high rate of violence in Alaska. One from the FBI is a revision of how rape is defined in the state. The new definitions have resulted in much higher numbers in a state that already suffers from being the worst in the nation for sexual violence. The second report looks at the impact on Native children from exposure to violence in their homes and communities.

KSKA: Friday, 11/21 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11/22 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 11/21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11/22 at 4:30 p.m.

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November 21, 2014
Alaska Edition Host Lori Townsend, left, is joined by APRN Juneau correspondent Alexandra Gutierrez, right, and APRN Washington DC correspondent Liz Ruskin, not pictured. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

As Final Ballot Count Looms, Potential Electees Plan Next Move

The Division of Elections will continue counting ballots today – Friday – 8 business days after the November 4th election. As Alaskans wait for final counts in especially the Governor and U.S. Senate race, the presumptive winners, Bill Walker and Dan Sullivan, are planning their way forward. However, it’s important to note that as of today, Friday—neither Governor Sean Parnell or Senator Mark Begich have yet conceded, that of course could change later today based on ballot counting that will take place later today.

KSKA: Friday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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November 14, 2014
Host Lori Townsend was joined by UAA Atwood Professor Mark Trahant and Poynter's Rick Edmonds (not pictured). (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Who Do Voters Trust For Election-Related Information?

The elections are finally over, although in Alaska, there is still uncertainty over the U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial race outcomes. Those race results will not be clear until more than 20,000 early, absentee and questioned ballots are counted next week.

KSKA: Friday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m.

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November 7, 2014
Host Lori Townsend (left), speaks with retired judge Elaine Andrews (middle), and retired Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

Alaska Edition: Judicial Council

One of your duties as a voter is to select judges for retention. Toward the back of your voter guide, you will find considerable information about those judges. Their basic biography-everything from their age to what communities in the state that they have been residents of. Their education, the political and government positions they have held, their interests and a statement from the judges themselves.

KSKA: Friday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 31, 2014
(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Statewide Legislative Races; And The Alaska Federation Of Native Convention

From Southeast to the Northwest Alaska and many places in between, some interesting races and ballot issues top voter concerns. Also, the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention is happening in Anchorage, covering a variety of rural issues.

KSKA: Friday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 24, 2014
Michael Brubaker (left), discusses climate change's effects on public health with Lori Townsend (middle) and Zachariah Hughes (right). (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

How Does Climate Change Affect Public Health?

A series of reports that seek to define the potential changes to public health in rural Alaska communities based on the impacts of Alaska’s rapidly changing climate. But, why are the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the North Slope Borough looking at the issue through the lens of climate change?

KSKA: Friday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 17, 2014
(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Alaska has had an interesting fiscal ride through the decades. From a time when the purchase of the territory from Russia was called “Seward’s Folly” to the discovery of the rich oil resources of Prudhoe Bay — which made the state very cashy, fairly quickly. Alaskans have enjoyed the benefits of oil revenues for decades, but production is in decline and that means the state must ramp up production or slow down expenses. We’re in deficit spending now but the population and demand for services continues to ramp up. What should be done to help Alaska get out of deficit mode.

KSKA: Friday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 10, 2014
Alaska Edition: October 3, 2014

Alaska Edition: October 3, 2014

An Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a tribal adoption case goes against the tribe’s position; what are the broader implications for ICWA cases? Governor Sean Parnell defends his response to the National Guard sexual assault issue. Alaska voters will decide on a number of ballot propositions on November 4, including: marijuana legalization, increasing the minimum wage, and an initiative that would effectively prohibit the Pebble Mine.

KSKA: Friday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 3, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday August 29, 2014

Incumbent Senator Mark Begich and challenger Dan Sullivan resume campaigning. The Division of Elections has revised the election returns. The oil-tax referendum was decided by less than five percent of the vote. What now? The Libertarian candidate for the Senate drops out – the party gets a new candidate. Striking Enstar workers return to the job, Cook Inlet oil production is up. The price of a barrel of North Slope crude is down. The Kodiak Rocket facility launches a rocket in a launch that lasts seconds.

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August 29, 2014

Alaska Edition: August 22, 2014

The election returns are in. Alaskans say no to the oil-tax referendum but the outcome was in doubt for a while. Dan Sullivan wins the GOP Senate nomination – with Mead Treadwell finishing a distant third. What is Mead’s future? And what of second-place finisher Joe Miller? Sean Parnell, Bill Walker and Byron Mallott square off for governor – amidst calls for Walker and Mallott to join forces. Two GOP House incumbents lose primaries. Don Young is renominated once again. The Municipality of Anchorage has yet another plan for the troubled port.

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August 22, 2014

Alaska Edition: Friday, August 15, 2014

The Anchorage Assembly passes a revised labor law – and Mayor Sullivan vetoes it. Debates, debates and more debates as election day approaches. The battle over oil taxes continues. Enstar workers strike. The Air Force says Fairbanks is the best location for two F-35 squadrons. The current Congress has a reputation as a do-nothing Congress. Is it when faced with Alaska issues?

KSKA: Friday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m.
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August 12, 2014

Alaska Edition: Friday, August 8

The Anchorage Assembly okays a compromise labor law. The three major candidates for the GOP Senate nomination debate in Fairbanks. Shell and North Slope Native groups reach a drilling agreement. The bridge across the Tanana opens, the bridge to somewhere. Alaska LNG project buying land. Fishermen complaining about Gov. Parnell’s choice of fisheries adviser. Gov. Parnell is disturbed the federal government sent five refugee children to Alaska. Forty years ago, Richard Nixon resigned as president.

KSKA: Friday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m.
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August 8, 2014

Alaska Edition: Friday, August 1, 2014

The University of Alaska Board of Regents offers university president Patrick Gamble a $320,000 bonus. The state supreme court weighs in on same-sex marriage benefits. Magnuson-Stevens act up for re-authorization. Minimum wage on ballot and under debate. Commercial salmon season in full swing. Battle over SB 21 – and the oil-tax referendum – continues to heat up. The Donlin mining project shows progress toward development. APOC gets a complaint against the anti-marijuana advocates. Dan Sullivan goes negative on Mead Treadwell in the Senate race.

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August 1, 2014

Alaska Edition: Friday, July 25, 2014

Enstar is raising its rates – the public objects. The Vote Yes.Vote No battle continues. The US Senate primary enters its final days. Sarah Palin weighs in on oil taxes. Musk Ox keep Nome wildlife managers busy. The challenge of translating ballot language into Native languages. A setnet ban initiative can move forward an Anchorage judge says. Update on oil and gas issues.

KSKA: Friday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m.

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July 25, 2014

Alaska Edition: Friday, July 18, 2014

Inmate deaths lead to hearing before lawmakers. The woes of Buccaneer Energy. The fight over who is responsible for the North Pole suloflane spill continues. The evolution of Alaska oil taxes. The North Slope haul road is in trouble from “a moving mass of frozen debris.” An update on the US Senate race. A successful missile test over the Pacific increases the likelihood the Defense Department will send more missiles to Fort Greely. Headline; “Ex-Guard Chief Moves to Arctic Frontline.” Who is he?

KSKA: Friday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 19 at 4:30 p.m.

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July 18, 2014

Alaska Edition: Friday July 11, 2014

Alaska Natives go to federal court to force the state to provide more voting assistance to Native-language speakers. Shopping may never be the same in Bethel. Arctic Slope Regional Corporation endorses Dan Sullivan for the Senate. Sullivan and incumbent Mark Begich exchange hostile advertisements. Congressman Don Young receives a “letter of reproval” from the House Ethics Committee. The KABATA moves forward with the Knik Arm Crossing: Buildings on Government Hill will be torn down. Senate candidate Joe Miller goes after his Republican opponents on the immigration issue.

KSKA: Friday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m.

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July 11, 2014
Alaska Edition: Earthquakes

Alaska Edition: Earthquakes

Even by Alaska standards, there has been a lot of seismic activity recently. Alaska is located in the Ring of Fire, so it’s not unusual for there to be frequent earthquakes and volcanoes kicking up occasionally, but starting in April, there has been some unusual seismic activity in the Brooks Range. An area near Noatak has, since April, seen a spike in earthquakes after a 30-year quiet period.

KSKA: Friday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.

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June 27, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday June 20, 2014

Some of the remains of those killed in a tragic 1952 air crash near Colony Glacier recovered. Kuskokwim salmon fishery opens to dissatisfaction with management. Vote Yes! apologizes to Tony Knowles. Update on legalization of marijuana ballot proposition. The oil industry shows interest in Umiat prospect. The latest in the US Senate race. Could the strife in Iraq drive up oil prices? What is the future of Fort Greely?

KSKA: Friday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m.

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June 20, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday June 13, 2014

A federal judge tells the state it must do a better job of translating the election ballot into Native languages. The proposed King Cove road is subject of a lawsuit. The drilling firm Buccaneer goes bankrupt. Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller suggests troopers pulled him over because of his political views. Hard Rock Cafe comes to Anchorage. Democratic lawmakers challenge SB 21. Families sue driver charged with two DUI murders.

KSKA: Friday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m.

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June 13, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday May 30, 2014

Sexual assault and the National Guard update. Update on Southcentral fires. The SARB board meets to evaluate the trans-Alaska pipeline. Jim Minnery, leading conservative activist, modifies his views on gays. Changes ahead for workers compensation law. Verizon enters the Alaska market. Six Native regional corporation join the vote no campaign against the oil-tax referendum. Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew says his department is understaffed.

KSKA: Friday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

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May 30, 2014