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With Budget Negotiations Stalled, Republicans Consider Partially Funding Government

A three-quarter vote is needed to access the state's rainy day fund, and the House’s Democratic minority has made their support conditional on a few priorities, like increased education funding and Medicaid expansion. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate are now considering ways to avoid that vote. Download Audio

After Five-Month Break, More National Guard Records Released

The 4142-page file was sent to news organizations at 3p.m. on Friday afternoon. Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News requested the materials nearly a year ago, during the Parnell administration, but were denied access until a superior court judge ruled for their release in October. Download Audio

The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

In spite of high substance abuse rates across Alaska, state officials and non-profit workers see policy measures are dove-tailing with new evidence that perceptions about drinking are starkly different from realities on the ground. Download Audio

Testing Refusals Hit Haines, Put Star Rating And Funding At Risk

A growing national movement to opt-out of standardized testing has hit the Haines School District hard. In the past six years, only one student has refrained from taking annual tests. But this year, families of 12 students refused the test. Download Audio

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High-Altitude Rescue Underway On Everest

At least 17 people are reported dead on the mountain after a massive quake-triggered avalanche swept through base camp on the south side on Saturday.

What If Students Could Fire Their Professors?

A bill in the Iowa state Senate would rate and fire professors based solely on student evaluations. Research suggests that's not such a good idea.

Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.

Pakistani Activists Mourn Slain Bookstore Owner

On Friday, gunmen killed prominent Pakistani women's rights activist and book store owner Sabeen Mahmud. At a book fair in Karachi, colleagues are mourning her loss.

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