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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.

The Institute of the North is bringing stakeholders and policy leaders together in a series of meetings in Arctic Alaska communities. As KNOM's Matthew Smith reports, the first two days of meetings in Nome covered both larger Arctic ambitions, and more immediate local needs. Participants included representatives of the City of Nome, the Sitnasuaq Native corporation, and the regional Native nonprofit organization Kawerak, as well as several other organizations and individuals from around the region.

Danny Preston speaks with CEO of thread, Stephanie Berglund, and Senator Bill Wielechowski. The organization, thread, is a statewide childcare resource and referral network. thread provides services to families, including free childcare referrals. Save the date for an upcoming signature thread event, the 8th annual  Book Party in the Park! The party is August 14th from 4 - 7 PM and celebrates early literacy and promotes free family fun. For more information, visit:

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Testifying in a voters' rights case, Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says villages with sizable populations of limited English speakers beat the state's average turnout in the 2012 Presidential election. However, absentee and early ballots are not counted in turnout numbers. She was testifying in a case in which villages and elders say the state failed to provide complete translations of voting materials into Native languages. The state says it has met legal requirements.  

A Legislative Conference Committee is going through House and Senate versions of an Omnibus Education bill to identify areas of agreement and sticking points, working toward one bill that both chambers will find acceptable.

BP announced it is selling some of its North Slope assets to Hilcorp, which has been operating in Cook Inlet.

The state Senate passed an Omnibus Education Bill yesterday that's headed to Conference Committee, where House and Senate members will hammer out differences between their two versions of the bill. In addition to the education bill, Legislators have the Capital budget to wrap up, and several bills to consider.

Fairbanks is celebrating Earth Day.

By law, the Legislature is allotted ninety days in session, but despite meeting into the early hours this morning, it hasn't finished its work. It's scheduled to reconvene at 1 p.m. today.

The Federal Subsistence Board has limited any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users in 32 Kuskokwim communities.

Alaska's unemployment rate was up a tenth of a percent in March, reaching 6.6%, just one-tenth of a percent below the national average, which has been dropping.

Depending on who you ask, HB77 would have streamlined state permitting of development projects, or unacceptably limited public participation in resource management decision-making. Due to controversy over those differing views, the bill is dead.

Royal Dutch Shell didn't fully consider the risk of towing an unpropelled drill rig through the Gulf of Alaska during a winter storm, according to a Coast Guard investigation into the grounding of Shell's Kulluk rig on New Year's Eve in 2012.

Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing new tax credits to help the three refineries in Alaska to provide lower-cost fuels to in-state customers.

A bill that would symbolically make all 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages is headed to the House floor for a vote.

The House Finance Committee frees up $13 million for school districts, by changing the way the state counts students.

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.

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