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Alaska Senate Delays Vote On Pot Legislation

The Alaska Senate has delayed a vote on its signature marijuana bill after saying they need more time to consider an amendment that would largely ban concentrates. Download Audio

Alaskans Testify On Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Bill

Lawmakers took public testimony for the first time Thursday on Governor Bill Walker's bill to expand Medicaid. The public spoke during the last 30 minutes of the House Health and Social Services committee's hearing on HB 148. Download Audio

Murkowski Adds Federal Land Disposal Measure to Budget

Environmentalists are saying a budget amendment authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski could lead to a plundering of treasured federal landscapes. Murkowski’s amendment on federal land disposals was part of a national budget resolution the Senate passed early this morning. Senators offered hundreds of amendments that don’t have the force of law but often serve symbolic or political purposes. Download Audio

Court of Appeals Affirms Lower Court in Yup’ik Fishermen’s Case

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished during a state closure should be charged. The decision was issued today. Download Audio

NPR News

#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what's happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India's few foreign correspondents.

Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.

Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

The case was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley. Pao had sued her former employers for $16 million in damages.

Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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