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No new contracts for the Knik Arm Crossing, Susitna-Watana Dam, Alaska Stand-along Pipeline, Ambler Road, Juneau Access Road, and Kodiak Launch Complex 

Friday Governor Bill Walker called a halt to six mega-projects pending further review. In a prepared statement, he said he’s told all state agencies to stop non-obligated spending on the Susitna-Watana Dam, Knik Arm Crossing, Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project, Ambler Road, Juneau Access Road, and the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Baby Boomers, like everyone else, know that avoiding tobacco use, watching their weight, and exercising, contribute to longer life. However, researchers recently announced findings that show there may be a downside to longer life.

At the Gerontological Society of America annual science meeting, held in November in Washington DC, people who study aging share their research results, including studies on the potential implications of the large number of Baby Boomers now in their 50s and late 60s.

Lawmakers meet privately, pledge confidentiality on LNG project

Alaska lawmakers, legislative staff and gas line consultants attended private meetings and signed confidentiality agreements about the Alaska Liquid Natural Gas project. Alaska Dispatch News reports the private meetings were held Friday and lasted more than two hours.

With 30,000 votes yet to be counted, AP says Begich cannot overcome Sullivan's lead

In a half-hour interview, KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus talks with psychologist Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, who has been researching happiness in Kenya and Israel, and among the Amish in this country, and homeless people in Oakland, California. While different cultures aspire to different forms of happiness -- peace and harmony, say, compared to joy and enthusiasm -- the happiest people have strong personal relationships.

University of Alaska president Pat Gamble says no to guns on campus in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Aging in Alaska:  Assisted living, nursing homes, provide relief to those with disabilities, but at a cost.

A shortage of primary care doctors looms just as baby boomers are about to get sick.

Buying rather than leasing a legislative office building in Anchorage would save the state $2.4 million a year, according to Rep. Mike Hawker, Legislative Council chair.

The Alaska House has rejected extending a perk to military same-sex partners - the use of their home-state drivers' license when here temporarily.

The House Finance committee is looking at ways to handle the state's debt to employee pensions.

Alaska's life expectancy is 34th in the nation, and that of Alaska Native people is seven years less than that of Alaskan non-Natives.

Jan. 28, 2014
 

January is National Glaucoma Awareness month, and the National Eye Institute wants to remind people, especially Alaska Natives age 40 and up, to get an eye exam to prevent permanent blindness due to glaucoma.

Dr. Ann Coleman is a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, and Chair of the National Eye Institute Glaucoma Subcommittee. She says the disease is associated with high pressure in the eye that damages the optic nerve.