Anchorage's out-going superintendent Ed Graff was chosen to lead the Minneapolis Public Schools. That district has about 12,600 fewer students than Anchorage because the Twin Cities metropolitan area is broken into more districts. About two-thirds of the 35,717 students are people of color. Download Audio
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