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Amanda Vinicky has covered Illinois politics and government for WUIS and the Illinois Public Radio network since 2006.  Highlights include reporting on the historic impeachment and removal from office of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, winning a national award for her coverage of Illinois' electric rate fight as a result of deregulation, and following Illinois' delegations to the Democratic and Republican national political conventions in '08 and '12.  

Amount of revenue, and "bundling" of tax proposals raise questions

by the Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker's newly repackaged tax proposals have landed with a thud in the Alaska Legislature, with criticism over having all the pieces rolled together and questions about the overall impact. Sen. Mia Costello asked Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck why bother with this, noting that the package would address only a small portion of the estimated multi-billion dollar state deficit.

The first bill to come out of the Legislative special session may be one that streamlines handling of children in state custody. All the testimony yesterday [Wednesday] before the Senate Judiciary Committee supported passage of House Bill 200.

  Jonna is a radio producer, documentarian, and media artist.  Her feature stories and audio documentaries have aired on WAMU, Marketplace, The World, Living on Earth, and Virginia Public Radio, among others.  She also produces nonfiction films and installations using ethnography, archival research, and collaboration as part of her process.  A Maryland native, Jonna is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds an MFA from Duke University.

Stella Chávez is KERA’s education reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.

Friday June 3rd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm join KNBA News and the Frontier of Change project for a special audio scavenger hunt in downtown Anchorage... presented in partnership with the Anchorage Museum.

Use your phone to hear stories and clues that will lead you to different locations throughout the city...and collect limited-edition art from local artists along the way. 

Legislature in special session picks up oil and gas tax credits

Alaska legislators have agreed to pick up where they left off on issues left unresolved when the extended session ended last week. Minority House Democrats tried unsuccessfully for a fresh start on tax credits. Critics said the issue has been well vetted and the committee process should be allowed to play out.

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Alaska women face a 67 percent earnings gap compared to men’s earnings

Geoff Nunberg is the linguist contributor on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

He teaches at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of The Way We Talk Now, Going Nucular, Talking Right and The Years of Talking Dangerously. His most recent book is Ascent of the A-Word. His website is www.geoffreynunberg.com.

BP to Sell its Alaska Headquarters Building

BY Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO - Juneau

BP announced yesterday [Monday] it's selling its midtown Anchorage building. In a statement, the company says the sale will "reduce costs and free up capital, allowing BP to focus on its core business." BP will become a tenant in the building rather than the owner. BP spokesperson Dawn Patience declined an interview request about the sale.

  Pima/Mexican/Taiwanese singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza, born and raised in Manhattan, NY, shares a unique brand of folk pop with her debut EP, “Heroine”. The EP explores themes of love and taking life by the reins, carrying influences from Jewel to Led Zeppelin. As a child, her father would listen to Mariachi music which first inspired her musical passion. Having performed all over the US as well as France and Mexico, Zaragoza’s music has been featured in TV and film. She headlined at the 2013 LA Skins Music Festival and made the list of “Top Native American Music of 2013”.

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