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5/25/15 Public expresses frustration with Legislators

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Legislators get an earful:  “stop playing”

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

Friday for the first time since the regular session adjourned in April, a legislative committee took verbal testimony from the public.

The House Finance committee allotted three hours for input on the state operating budget, and more than 80 people spoke. The meeting opened with a series of former foster children coming to the microphone, and asking for more funding for social workers at the Office of Children’s Services.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

 Housing to increase access to health services for Alaska Natives

Tribal, federal, state, and private sector leaders Wednesday {may 20, 2015] kicked off construction of housing at the Alaska Native Medical Center saying it will improve services for Alaska Native and American Indian people who travel to Anchorage from across the state for health care. A state Senator who helped get the project financed says it will also save the state millions of dollars a year for years to come. 

Governor Bill Walker says his priority is for Legislators to pass a fully-funded budget, not where it's done. A Legislative attorney earlier this week said the move from Juneau to Anchorage would be illegal without the Governor's approval.

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The Alaska House and Senate are moving their work from Juneau to Anchorage. Legislative majority leaders made the announcement the same day the Governor warned state workers of massive layoffs if the Legislature doesn't approve a fully-funded budget. A quarter of the state's 16,000 employees work in Juneau. KTOO's Lisa Phu talked with some of them on their lunch hour at the State Office Building in Juneau.

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KNBA keeping you in tuned with Our Community! In today's segment, Danny Preston speaks with Operations Manager of the behavior services division at the Southcentral Foundation, Christine Reddick, intern of the Alaska Native Health Consortium, Danielle J., and Public Relations specialist, Richard Perry.

KNBA Welcomes Samantha Crain!

May 18, 2015
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Fresh off her tour with Buffy Sainte-Marie, Choctaw singer and songwriter Samantha Crain will be performing at the Tap Root. The set will include songs off of her third album, Kid Face, which was recorded and mixed in just nine days! The performance will be on June 13th at 7pm, ages 21+.

KNBA has openings for new members on our Community Advisory Board.  The C.A.B. provides community feedback on the stations programming, service to the community, serve to our Mission and the advisory board assists with fundraising.  Meetings are held 3 times per year.   

  The Young Dubliners returned to Alaska May 7th and are very likely to be Alaska's Favorite Celtic rock band. The band stops here consistently and the Alaska audience loves em! The Dubs are a hard working band playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. The band has appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as The Flaming Lips, Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.

5/13/15 - Legislators make no progress on budget

May 12, 2015

Lawmakers met Tuesday just to keep the clock going but have made no progress on the reasons for the special session: the budget, Medicaid expansion, and a sexual abuse prevention law. Legislators are at an impasse over the budget. A two thirds majority is needed to get into savings, giving Democratic minority caucus members some clout. They say the budget must include Medicaid expansion and more money for education. Republican majority members say budget increases are the last thing they want. 

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management okays Shell exploration plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management yesterday approved Shell's exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea. Shell still must obtain other permits from state and federal agencies.

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State legislature continues inaction

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