Claire Stremple - Alaska Beacon

A woman shows a flash card of two figures hugging to a room of toddlers.

Alaska child care providers say funds approved by Legislature are crucial to staying open

A late addition to the budget would provide $7.5 million for child care centers, but providers say more support is needed.
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A bill to get nurses licensed more quickly in Alaska faces pushback from unions

There’s agreement that there’s a nurse shortage, but no consensus on what to do about it.
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Legislature votes to allow Alaska prisons to issue state IDs

Valid ID is required for everything from getting a job and housing to opening a bank account, buying a phone, or enrolling in Medicaid and Social Security.
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Alaska food banks still ‘inundated’ as state works to fix food stamp backlog

Rep. Alyse Galvin called the state's food stamp response "a swing and a miss"
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Months-long backlog for Alaska’s aid programs triggers second lawsuit

An Anchorage resident filed a class action lawsuit to force the state to get cash assistance to vulnerable Alaskans in a timely manner.