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Obama to Talk Climate, Reveal New Alaska Policies

To a president calling for global action on climate change, Alaska is one big show-and-tell exhibit. Exit Glacier is on the presidential itinerary next week, and Obama is expected to announce new Alaska initiatives related to climate.

Legislators View Palmer Meat Plant

Palmer's Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage is the only US Department of Agriculture approved slaughterhouse in Southcentral Alaska. But the facility may only have one more year in operation.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, August 28, 2015

Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1; Policy promises and more on the presidential docket ; USARC presentation hints at a relocation initiative in the president's policy plans; 3 homes, community library lost in the Chiniak fire near Kodiak; Town Square gardeners pick up the burden of city homelessness; Belugas sightings persist in the middle Yukon; AK: Setting sail with a tot in tow; 49 Voices: Leah Zumwalt of Anchorage Download Audio

Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1

An Anchorage Superior Court Judge ruled Friday afternoon that Medicaid expansion can go forward in Alaska as planned next week. Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the Alaska Legislative Council's request for a temporary restraining order to stop the program. The council is appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court. Download Audio

NPR News

Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced In Egypt To 3 Years In Prison

The outcome in the closely watched trial shocked many observers. The Qatar-based network's acting secretary-general said the verdict was politically motivated and "defies logic and common sense."

Texas Sheriff's Deputy Gunned Down At Gas Station

A man walked up behind Darren Goforth as he was gassing up his patrol car and fired several shots into the deputy. A manhunt has been launched for the killer.

The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?

Here's how NPR thought through whether the gunshots that killed two TV journalists should be replayed on the radio and online.

A Decade After Flood's Devastation, Love Keeps New Orleans Afloat

New Orleans lost much since Hurricane Katrina, and the failed levees that flooded the city. But Gwen Thompkins says the passions that survived the flood kept her city alive too.

Scenes from Kivgiq 2015

RSS News from The Arctic Sounder

  • Obama should see country rural Alaskans know
    Kotzebue — In this town rumors swirl worse than any tidal currents.
  • Unmanned vessel to help with Arctic charting
    When those discussing the expanding Arctic talk of the greatest obstacles facing development and shipping in the region, one of the first topics to come up is the lack of good nautical charts. As was discovered in Unalaska earlier this summer when Shell's rig Fennica ripped a hole in its hull while entering the harbor […]
  • Alaska Federation of Natives sets resolution deadlines
    The final day for submission of resolutions in this year's Annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage is Sept. 21. Resolutions can be emailed to bmallot@nativefederation.org, hand delivered, mailed or sent via fax to 907-276-7989. A form can be found online at www.nativefederation.org as well as policies regarding resolutions. Below are the criteria for […]
  • Obituary-Raymond Kayaġausiň Milligroak Hawley
    Raymond Kayaġausiň Milligroak Hawley
  • Salmon initiative takes hit during budget crisis
    One of the casualties of this year's budget cuts was funding for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska's chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007.
  • Schaeffer leads Kotz to 2nd at ACS Scramble
    Fellow senior Eakin also scores strong finish
  • Whalers suffer 42-12 setback to Nikiski
    The Nikiski High School Bulldogs scored 28 unanswered points in the second half on Saturday and rolled to a surprising 42-12 victory over the Barrow Whalers in Small-School football action at Cathy Parker Field.
  • International Inuit leaders gather in Bethel
    International leaders connected with a group promoting the perspective and needs of the indigenous people of the Arctic met last week in Bethel, discussing the needs of Inuit on an international level.
  • A float down the Tanana River
    This is not Henry Allen's Tanana River. Nor is it the Trail River of people living here thousands of years before the nineteenth-century government explorer struggled his way down the Tanana. But it seems close.
  • Northwest Alaska is ready for an opening Arctic
    The State Department's special representative for the Arctic, Adm. Robert J. Papp (USCG ret.), came to Anchorage a year ago this month. During his visit, he stated that he was working to create "greater interest in Arctic issues" by the American public. He asked us to help him spark excitement and interest in our fellow […]