alaska en 4/16/14 KNBA News - Federal Subsistence Board hears ideas for changing rural status <p>Second of two newscasts for Wed. 4/16/14: Subsistence users give the Federal Subsistence Board&nbsp;several ideas for changes as it reviews&nbsp;its process for deciding the rural/non-rural status of communities for subsistence priorities.</p><p>Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal for paying $3 billion toward state employees retirement debt is moving forward in the Legislature.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:04:02 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10124 at 4/16/14 KNBA News - State takes Federal Subsistence Board to task <p>One of two newscasts for Wed. 4/16/14: The state of Alaska harshly criticized the Federal Subsistence Board&nbsp;for cutting state fish and game subsistence management funds, not adopting its policy of manipulating habitat and reducing predator numbers, and for not giving it due deference.</p><p>Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal to pay down the public employees' retirement debt by $3 billion is moving forward in the Legislature.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:52:13 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10123 at 4/15/14 KNBA News - A hate group announces plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center <p>The Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas, which is on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups, says it will picket an Anchorage Native&nbsp;cultural center for making a religion of "pagan idolatrous practices."</p><p>Volunteers offer free assistance in filling out income tax returns.</p><p>The Legislature declares Nov. 14 "Walter Soboleff Day," to honor a Tlingit elder.</p><p>The Federal Subsistence Board&nbsp;takes up the rural determination process, and&nbsp;dozens of&nbsp;fish and wildlife management proposals across the state.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:19:48 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10083 at 4/14/14 KNBA News - Governor Parnell introduces a bill to pay down retirement debt <p>Governor Sean Parnell says it would be immoral to leave the state's debt to public employees' retirement benefits for future generations to pay, so he's proposing moving $3 billion out of savings to pay it down.</p><p>Food security from an Inuit perspective is the top agenda item at&nbsp;the Inuit Circumpolar Council's meeting in Nome this week.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:10:17 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10054 at 4/10/14 KNBA NEWS - Legislators consider a bill to limit low-income women's access to abortions <p>A bill to limit abortions to those that are medically necessary for physical conditions, and not for mental health issues, is under consideration in the Alaska House. The bill doesn't include access to birth control and family planning services that had been provided in an earlier version.</p><p>Gov. Sean Parnell has introduced&nbsp;a bill that would put $3 billion toward paying down the state's obligations to the public employees' and teachers' retirement systems, replacing an earlier budget request.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:30:42 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9954 at