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Alaska Edition

Alaska Edition: April 18, 2014

Patrick Flynn takes over as chair of the Anchorage Assembly. The Alaska Legislature is still addressing major capital projects in the final days of the session. The Loussac Library bond failed by 14 votes. Why? Legislation to raise the minimum wage becomes deeply controversial. Wasilla does a turnaround on regulating the drug spice. The cost of Gov. Parnell’s North Slope initiative is ballooning. Two inmates die in Alaska prisons in a week.

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

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April 18, 2014

Alaska Edition April 11, 2014

Revenue forecast for North Slope oil provokes controversy. Rio Tinto leaves the Pebble Partnership. Minimum wage bill gathering steam in House of Representatives. The Anchorage Dispatch purchases the Anchorage Daily News. No-sell booze bill gets committee OK. Gov. Parnell offers tax relief to refineries. Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation steps into battle over clean up of North Pole refinery. Anchorage police officers writing fewer traffic tickets.

KSKA: Friday, April 11, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m.
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April 11, 2014

Alaska Edition April 4, 2014

Municipal election results in Anchorage. Oil and gas issues continue to dominate the legislative session. The battle over SB 21 – the oil tax revision – continues. Purchasing the legislative office building no longer seems like such a good idea to lawmakers. This is sexual assault awareness month. What can we expect from the Legislature in the last two weeks of the session? The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the Katie John case. An unusual murder trial in progress on Kodiak.

KSKA: Friday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, April 4 , at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m.
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April 4, 2014

Alaska Edition March 28,2014

The 59th anniversary of the great ’64 earthquake. Opponents of the Pebble Mine lose a court battle. Sen. Kelly of Fairbanks is fighting FAS – and generating controversy. The Alaska Legislature contemplates big projects, particularly the Knik Arm Crossing. The Parnell Administration sues to obtain access to ANWR. Anchorage Municipal elections are Tuesday. The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill.

KSKA: Friday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m.
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March 27, 2014
Alaska Edition: Why I Read – The Serious Pleasure of Books

Alaska Edition: Why I Read – The Serious Pleasure of Books

Author and essayist Wendy Lesser discusses her latest book Why I Read with poet Robert Pinsky. Their conversation explores the ways that literature and, especially, poetry touch readers and change their lives as Cambridge Forum continues its series My Life Touched by Art.

KSKA: Friday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m.

March 21, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday March 14, 2014

The state Senate brings a Constitutional amendment addressing school funding to the floor but returns it to committee. The House is looking at a bill that would require schools to teach students about sexual assault, sexual abuse. The Iditarod – a look back at the race. Gov. Parnell’s appointment to the board of assessors withdraws. The Senate takes up firearms on campus. Dan Coffey is running for mayor of Anchorage. The Anchorage branch of the National Archives will close.

KSKA: Friday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m.
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March 14, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday March 7, 2014

Legislation that would provide for state participation in the gas line moves forward. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a scourge. Some of those affected explain why. Gov. Parnell “absolves” a future buyer of the Flint Hills refinery of cleanup costs. Parnell sues past and current owner over the cleanup. Alaska public life and policy is different if not unique – here’s some of the reason why. The emerging problem of scarcity. Idaho compared to Alaska.

KSKA: Friday, 3/7 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, 3/8 at 6 p.m.
KAKM: Friday 3/7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday. 3/8 at 4:30 p.m.
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March 7, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday February 28, 2014

Education and the funding of education remain deeply contentious in Juneau. The Anchorage School District passes the budget for the coming year. Flint Hills refinery closes – controversy follows. Channel 2 has a series “Inside Alaska Prisons.” Anchorage Municipal Elections are barely a month away. US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan not only has raised a lot of money, he has a lot of his own and family money. Eielson AFB remains in the hunt for the F-35 fighter. CH2MHill returns to the troubled port of Anchorage as a contractor. The Iditarod.

KSKA: Friday, 2/28 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, 2/28 at 6 p.m.
KAKM: Friday 2/28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday. 2/28 at 4:30 p.m.
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February 28, 2014

Alaska Edition Friday February 21, 2014

Supreme Court affirms assessed value of trans-Alaska pipeline. The Flint Hills refinery in North Pole is closing – and controversy follows. Police staffing in Anchorage continues to decline. Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses the Alaska Legislature. The Anchorage municipal election draws closer. Sen. Pete Kelly and Republican colleagues want to change the make up of the Alaska Judicial Council. Major development in the U-Med highway route selection. Buccaneer Energy asks the state for financial aid.

KSKA: Friday, 2/14 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, 2/15 at 6 p.m.
KAKM: Friday 2/14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday. 2/15 at 4:30 p.m.
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February 20, 2014
Tribal Courts

Tribal Courts

The state’s law department deals with a wide range of legal matters but this week’s show focuses on tribal courts and what the future may look like for court proceedings in rural Alaska. Earlier this week the Senate Indian Affairs Committee reviewed the Indian Law and Order Commission report. It paints a bleak picture for Native communities, saying the high rates of crime in Native communities is a “National Disgrace and a National Problem” and calls for more authority for tribal justice systems, saying in part that the state and fed government should strengthen rather than degrade tribal sovereignty.

KSKA: Friday, 2/14 at 2PM & Saturday, 2/15 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 2/14 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 2/15 at 4:30PM

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February 14, 2014

Alaska Edition January 31, 2014

The Sullivan Administration labor law revision will be on the November ballot. The Richardson Highway avalanche continues to block road access to Valdez. HAARP may be history. Shell cancels its 2014 arctic drilling program. The Big Timber Motel in Anchorage may close. Gov. Parnell’s gas-line proposal draws support and criticism. The emergency room is primary care for at least 6,500 Medicaid patients. Fairbanks expects to lay off up to 70 teachers during cuts to education funding.

KSKA: Friday, 1/31 at 2PM & Saturday, 2/1 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/31 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 2/1 at 4:30PM

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January 31, 2014

Legislative Session Gavels In; And Rep. Kerttula Resigns

The Legislature opens the 2014 session and Gov. Parnell gives his State of the State address. Layoffs are coming to the Anchorage School District. Sen. Mark Begich opposes the proposed Pebble Mine. Analysts lay out the impact of budget shortfalls to the Legislature. Buccaneer his rough spots in preparing to drill in Cook Inlet. Shell’s earnings off 48 percent. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the federal government failed to evaluate the potential consequences of the 2008 off-shore lease sale. The Anchorage labor law referendum seems head to the November ballot. Rep, Beth Kerttula steps down as House Minority Leader.

KSKA: Friday, 1/24 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/25 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/24 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/25 at 4:30PM

January 24, 2014

EPA Releases Pebble Report; And Preschool Enrollment Declines

The Environmental Protection Agency reports on the proposed Pebble Mine. State judges have been sorting out if (and when) the Municipality of Anchorage can hold a referendum on the Sullivan Administration’s labor laws. Mayor Sullivan refunds the city part of the money from municipal trips during which he raised campaign funds.

KSKA: Friday, 1/17 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/18 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/17 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/18 at 4:30PM

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January 17, 2014

Susitna Dam Appropriation; And Set Net Initiative Rejected

Gov. Parnell seeks a smaller appropriation for the proposed Susitna dam. A Tatitlik village administrator goes to jail for misusing funds. Supporters of the marijuana initiative have enough signatures to make the primary election ballot. The flu is everywhere. What is in store for the oil and gas industry in 2014? Lt. Gov. Parnell rejects the set net initiative. The Municipality of Anchorage hires CH2M Hill to manage the port re-design. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark begich both support extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.

KSKA: Friday, 1/10 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/11 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/10 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/11 at 4:30PM

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January 10, 2014

Izembek Road Rejected; And Election Advertising Begins

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell rejects the Izembek Road – again. The primary election is eight months away but the advertising has begun. The Anchorage School District may have to cut 200 teachers, 400 support staff. The Legislature faces big issues in ’14. State lawmakers are getting and expanded home in downtown Anchorage – and criticism comes with it. Alaska law enforcement gets tough on the drug spice. Gov. Sean Parnell talks about addressing energy concerns in southeast Alaska. Gov. Parnell says it is time to changing the funding plan for the Knik Arm Crossing.

KSKA: Friday, 1/3 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/4 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/3 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/4 at 4:30PM

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January 3, 2014

Battle Of The Tennis Courts Is Over; And Election Season Is Coming

The lengthy Battle of the Tennis Courts is over. A government scientist finds a dead polar bear – and sets off a controversy lasting years. Fish wars on the Kenai Peninsula continue. Three-time sex offenders are sentenced to 99 years. The election season is coming – as is unregulated political advertising. Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage goes to Washington for municipal business – and a fundraiser. Santa’s reindeer are a special species, ADFG tells us. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says several Alaska big-ticket projects are a waste of money. A crime story – suspicious icicles.

KSKA: Friday, 12/20 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/21 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/20 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/21 at 4:30PM

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December 20, 2013

Affordable Housing; And Elmore Extension Doubts

Affordable housing in Anchorage. Anchorage Assemblyman Chris Birch proposes moving muni election to the Fall. Alaska faces a $2 billion budget shortfall. Report investigates 20 years of APD-involved shootings. State rejects petition to recall Representative Lindsey Holmes.

KSKA: Friday, 12/13 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/14 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/13 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/14 at 4:30PM
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December 13, 2013

Fall Revenue Forecast Takes $2 Billion Hit; And Democrats Push For Stricter Campaign Disclosure Laws

The state is expecting $2 billion less in it’s fall revenue forecast. The Sullivan administration puts together its capital budget wish list. The fallout of Governor Sean Parnell’s decision to reject federal Medicaid expansion. Democrats push for stricter campaign disclosure.

KSKA: Friday, 12/6 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/7 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/6 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/7 at 4:30PM

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December 6, 2013

Gov. Parnell Rejects Medicaid Expansion; And Redistricting May Be Finished

Governor Sean Parnell objects to Medicaid expansion. Fairbanks suffers a power outage like no other in recent memory. The Anchorage Assembly passes a budget, but remains wrapped up in the debate over ice rinks and tennis courts. Lawmakers are talking about the possibility of state investment in the gas line. Reapportionment of the Legislature appears to be over; the opponents of the plan are giving up. Sen.Mark Begich is targeted for his vote on health care. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has become prominently involved in the debate over sexual misconduct in the military.

KSKA: Friday, 11/22 at 2PM & Saturday, 11/23 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 11/22 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 11/23 at 4:30PM

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November 22, 2013

Anchorage Embroiled In Appropriations Debate; And Taxi Regulation

Anchorage has become embroiled in an appropriations debate. Legislative money for tennis courts – or ice rinks. Some assembly members want to crack down on towing firms. The municipality is exploring a plan to unify the fire and police dispatch. The Anchorage Assembly has been working on Title 11, regulating taxis. Alaska Airlines says it will allow passengers to use more electronic devices. Food trucks have become popular in many American cities. Anchorage is seeing them too – but there are questions about these mobile kitchens as Sean details.

KSKA: Friday, 11/15 at 2PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 6PM.
KAKM, Friday 11/15 at 7:30PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 4:30PM.

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November 15, 2013