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Alaska Public Media, Alaska Dispatch News Take State To Court Over National Guard Documents

Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are taking the State to court because the state government has failed to provide documents regarding the National Guard Scandal. Download Audio

Medicaid Reform Group Hears Passionate Testimony On Proposed Cuts

The State's Medicaid Reform Advisory Group has met for the last six months in relative obscurity. That changed today (Wednesday) when more than 200 parents, doctors and physical therapists showed up to testify about a list of proposed "innovations" the group hopes will help curtail the growing cost of program. The message the group heard was that the reforms would have huge impacts on the people who rely on Medicaid for health services. Download Audio

DOJ May Intervene In Alaska Supreme Court Case

The U.S. Department of Justice may intervene in an Alaska Supreme Court case concerning a non-Native couple’s adoption of an Alaska Native child. In September, the Native Village of Tununak lost its appeal against the State of Alaska and the adoptive couple. Download Audio

GOP’s U.S. Senate , House Hopefuls Try To Tie Democratic Foes To Obama, Reid et al.

Candidates for Alaska’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate squared off at a forum in Fairbanks Tuesday. Download Audio

Property Crime Victims Often Given The Back Seat

Nikiski residents are frustrated by a recent rash of property crimes and are dissatisfied with law enforcement’s response. A state agency set up to help crime victims claims there is a larger trend of disenfranchisement among property crime victims across Alaska. Download Audio

Unalaska Holds On As America’s Top Fishing Port

The port of Dutch Harbor will hang onto its title as the nation’s busiest fishing port for another year. Download Audio

Alaska Ranks Among Nation’s Least Energy-Efficient States

Alaska rates near the bottom in a nationwide survey on how states are improving energy-efficiency programs. A state energy official says the survey may not be giving Alaska enough credit for the programs it has put in place in recent years. Download Audio

New Geologic Materials Center Opens In Anchorage

The State has a new library – for rocks. The new Geologic Materials Center opened in Anchorage Wednesday in what used to be the old Sam’s Club. The facility is aimed at giving industry members, academics and the public access to the wealth of data kept in core samples from around the state. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: October 29, 2014

Alaska Public Media, Alaska Dispatch News Take State To Court Over National Guard Documents; Medicaid Reform Group Hears Passionate Testimony On Proposed Cuts; DOJ May Intervene In Alaska Supreme Court Case; GOP’s U.S. Senate , House Hopefuls Try To Tie Democratic Foes To Obama, Reid et al.; Wrangell Doctor Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charges; Property Crime Victims Often Given The Back Seat; Unalaska Holds On As America’s Top Fishing Port; Alaska Ranks Among Nation’s Least Energy-Efficient States; New Geologic Materials Center Opens In Anchorage Download Audio

Letter Shaming Alaska Voters Cribbed From Study Proving Its Value

Letters from an unknown group calling itself the Alaska State Voter Project are appearing in Alaska mailboxes. They list the voting history of the addressee – along with that of other community members. Many recipients are outraged, saying the letters are an attempt to shame them into voting. A political scientist says the letters are nearly identical to ones he used in a 2006 experiment.