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6:03 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

7/2/14 KNBA News - Expert testifies state of Alaska has a long history of discrimination

Testifying in court on a case alleging the state has failed to provide full language assistance to Alaska Natives in elections, an expert witness cited the requirement in Territorial days when Alaska Natives were not allowed citizenship unless they renounced their own culture.

Donlin Gold and The Kuskokwim Corporation have signed an agreement for Donlin's proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver from Bethel.

The state seeks to join a lawsuit over a road through the Izembeck National Wildlife Refuge linking King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

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10:44 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

7/1/2014 KNBA News - Historic $153 million settlement to go to statewide tribal health organization

The Indian Health Service has agree to pay $153 million to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to clear up a 15-year backlog of underpayments for contract support costs, or overhead. IHS has reached similar agreements with several tribal health organizations across Alaska and the lower 48, but many more remain to be resolved.

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7:44 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

6/30/14 KNBA News - Officials knowingly ignored a translation error in 2009 election announcements

Cupik artist Emily Johnston displays some of her woven dance fans and baskets at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Credit Joaqlin Estus / Koahnic Broadcasting

  Officials knew a 2009 translation for a radio announcement was incorrect, but decided to let it air. As a result, Yup'ik language announcements in Dillingham and Bethel, used the phrase "voting for a long time," instead of "absentee voting." That information came out in evidence submitted in a trial alleging the state has failed to provide accurate, complete translations of voting materials in Native languages. The state contends its program meets legal requirements. The trial is underway in Anchorage before a federal judge.

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10:59 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

6/27/14 KNBA News - 100 lodge guests move to higher ground due to flooding in Denali National Park

Yesterday, the National Park Service closed the Denali Park Road at Mile 66 due to flooding and significant rockfall, after torrential rains Wednesday. Some 100 guests of the Denali Backcountry Lodge were evacuated to a lodge on higher ground. High water on the road and airport are prevention their transport out of the Park. NPS is working on a contingency plan to move them by helicopter.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is shepherding small appropriations for icebreakers through the Senate while also working to get Congress and the Administration to make Arctic issues a higher priority.

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8:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

6/26/14 KNBA News - A flood watch is in effect for the upper Susitna valley

A low pressure system bringing widespread steady rain has prompted a flood watch for the Upper Susitna valley and Talkeetna Mountains.

As KTOO's Casey Kelley reports, a state report highlights "severe shortcomings" in the state's housing stock when it comes to things like cost, energy efficiency and overcrowding.

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