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Local News
1:06 am
Thu April 17, 2014

4/17/14 KNBA News - Federal Subsistence Board votes to change rural determination process

The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to change the process it uses to determine if a community is rural and eligible for subsistence priority. At issue is the question of who gets to fish and hunt when there's a resource shortage.

The Legislature adopted a bill that would allow Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms in the line of duty.

The state House of Representatives has adopted a bill to make Alaska's 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages; it now goes to the Senate.

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Local News
2:04 am
Wed April 16, 2014

4/16/14 KNBA News - Federal Subsistence Board hears ideas for changing rural status

Second of two newscasts for Wed. 4/16/14: Subsistence users give the Federal Subsistence Board several ideas for changes as it reviews its process for deciding the rural/non-rural status of communities for subsistence priorities.

Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal for paying $3 billion toward state employees retirement debt is moving forward in the Legislature.

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Local News
2:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

4/9/14 KNBA News - Alaska's attorney general defends state's position on tribal sovereignty, courts

Attorney General Michael Geraghty testified before the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee on a national report that calls the high rate of violence against Alaska Native women a "national disgrace," and urges the state to change its position on tribal courts. The state, says Garaghty, is protecting the rights of all Alaskans when it opposes the expansion of tribal courts.

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Local News
9:51 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

4/10/14 KNBA News - Senate Finance passes a $2.1 billion budget

The Senate Finance Committee's $2.1 billion budget includes $145 million for a new heating system for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and $2.1 for a road linking King Cove to Cold Bay. It doesn't include $10 million for the Susitna dam project that Administration was seeking.

Some subsistence fishermen are calling for a temporary halt to fishing on the Yukon River after the state has forecast abysmal returns of king salmon.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

4/3/14 KNBA News - Senate committee hears a bill to strengthen Alaska tribal courts, law enforcement

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee heard no opposition to a bill that would strengthen Alaska tribal courts and law enforcement, but the state of Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski are likely to oppose it.

Alaska Native corporations received contaminated sites as part of their land settlement, bringing them expense and complications as they try to clean up, exchange, or return the sites.

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