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Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO - Juneau

Conservationists Declare Victory in Court’s Tongass Road Ruling

Conservationists Declare Victory in Court’s Tongass Road Ruling

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 2003 exemption today that would have made it possible to build roads through the Tongass National Forest.

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Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses

Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses.

Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has asked the state’s Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai to resign. Claire Richardson is special assistant to Mallott. She says they accepted Fenumiai’s resignation on Friday.

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Senate’s ex-spokeswoman will plead guilty to assault, DUI

The Alaska Senate’s former chief spokeswoman is expected to serve at least two months in jail after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

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Senators seek hearing on Walker’s Medicaid expansion plans

The chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee says he’ll take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion.

Anne Hillman, Community Affairs Desk

Legislature Reconsiders How to Distribute Public School Funding

The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee listens to a report on how to improve the school funding formula. Hillman/KSKA

The state’s Legislative Budget and Audit Committee is examining how education funding is distributed. A new study doesn’t look at how much money districts should get. Instead, it asks if all the districts are being treated fairly.

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Former state Sen. French applies for Anchorage judgeship

Former state Sen. French applies for Anchorage judgeship

Former state Sen. Hollis French is among the 14 applicants seeking to replace retiring Judge Michael Spaan on the Anchorage Superior Court.

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Consultant hired to help recommend Medicaid reforms

The state health department has hired a consultant to help recommend next steps as the administration plans to implement Medicaid expansion and looks to make further changes to the existing Medicaid program.

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Government attorneys seek dismissal in Guard records case

The U.S. attorney’s office is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by four National Guard members alleging that investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials.

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Rep. Tammie Wilson to run for Fairbanks borough mayor

Rep. Tammie Wilson to run for Fairbanks borough mayor

Rep. Tammie Wilson has filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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The future of Alaska’s megaprojects

The six so called megaprojects that Governor Walker put on hold soon after taking office have already received millions in state and federal funds but would take billions to actually complete. Where would the money come from? If the state stops them completely will the federal money have to be repaid?

APRN: Tuesday, 8/4 at 10:00am

Alaska’s budget woes and the effects on public safety

Budget cuts are creating stress for communities trying to keep their citizens safe with fewer dollars for law enforcement. In a state with staggering statistics for violence and sexual assault, how can municipalities, cities, and villages keep the peace amid jail closures, fewer troopers and local police.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/28 at 10:00am

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The purpose and history of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend

Today, we’re talking about the Permanent Fund. Some House Republicans want to move some of the fund’s earnings into the body of the fund so it can’t be touched. Others are tossing around the idea of using the Permanent Fund as collateral for earning more money for the General Fund. Is this what the Fund is for? So, we’re taking a step back and looking at the history of the Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend.

KSKA: Friday, 5/29, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/29, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 4:30 p.m.
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The Legislative Special Session

Lawmakers have gaveled out of the Governor’s special session without acting on his requests of fully funding the state budget, expanding medicaid and passing sexual abuse prevention legislation, known as Erin’s law for schools. Legislators have now called themselves into special session. What changes when lawmakers make the call?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/26 at 10:00am

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The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.

KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
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