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Soldotna Planned Parenthood to close at the end of May

The Soldotna center has been around for about 30 years, administering birth control, STD testing and other services.
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Amid a housing crisis, a new downtown Anchorage development could be a model for public-private partnerships

Block 96 could serve as a model for other downtown housing developments. With the city’s housing crunch, developers say it’s desperately needed.

Anchorage police union says it has waited more than a month for city to begin negotiations on body cameras

Jeremy Conkling, the president of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association, says he put in a request to the city’s human resources department in mid-April, asking for a date to start the negotiations.

After six years, Anchorage Superintendent Deena Bishop prepares to pass the torch

"With all the noise in the world right now, put your heart and your mind to young people," she tells her successor, Jharrett Bryantt.
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Alaska Legislature meets deadline, passing budget and some bills that resemble ‘turduckens’

Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks was up late following the Legislature's frantic scramble to pass bills before the deadline.

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A woman shops for baby formula at Target in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 16, 2022, as a nationwide shortage of baby formula continues due to supply chain crunches tied to the coronavirus pandemic that have already strained the countrys formula stock, an issue that was further exacerbated by a major product recall in February. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

How the U.S. got into this baby formula mess

Just a handful of formula makers dominate the industry so a single plant shutdown can lead to empty shelves.
baby formula stacked up

Biden invokes the Defense Production Act for the baby formula shortage

Supplies of baby formula across the country have been severely curtailed in recent weeks after a February recall by Abbott Nutrition exacerbated ongoing supply chain disruptions among formula makers.
A child with a mask and a doll gets a shot

FDA authorizes first COVID booster for children ages 5 to 11

The Food and Drug Administration expanded authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID vaccine to enable kids ages 5 to 11 who were vaccinated at least five months ago to get a third shot.

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As Alaskans age, what options are there for staying in the state? | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend speaks to David Washburn from the Older Persons Action Group and Jessica Parks from RurAL CAP to learn what's being done to address the increasing demand for elder care across Alaska.

Alaska cartoonist draws his experience with Parkinson’s | INDIE ALASKA

Peter Dunlap-Shohl was living his lifelong dream, as an editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News. But in 2002, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Advocates for mental health say talking is the first step to healing | Alaska Insight

Understanding and discussing the complexities of mental health and wellbeing isn’t easy. Finding ways to open up about who we are and what we struggle with is critical to getting help.
Above: Caring for someone with memory loss can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. The number of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Alaska is set to almost double by 2030. Given the growing need, reporters Anne Hillman and Jeff Chen spoke with people who are trying to support elders with memory loss.

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