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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

NPR News

Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal, Kills More Than 1,000

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Kunda Dixit, a Nepali Times editor, about today's deadly quake. It caused an Everest avalanche and destroyed ancient monuments in and around the capital, Kathmandu.

Protesters Pledge To 'Shut Down' Baltimore Over Police Custody Death

People marched in the city's streets in support of Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a fatal spinal cord injury during or after his arrest. Later, protests took a violent turn at Camden Yards.

Indonesia Sets Executions For 3 'Bali Nine' Drug-Smugglers

At least three members of the trafficking ring — two Australians seen as ringleaders and a Filipina maid who acted as a "mule" — have been informed that their execution by firing squad is imminent.

On Everest, Quake-Triggered Avalanche Leaves Death, Chaos

Early reports are that at least eight climbers and/or their Sherpa porters have been killed at Everest Base Camp. Others are trapped higher up on the world's tallest peak.

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