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Claire Stremple - Alaska Beacon

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Long-term boost to Alaska’s Head Start early childhood program trimmed by veto

Care providers say the money is going to salaries to retain teachers and keep centers open.
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Former Houston treasurer sentenced in federal embezzlement case

Jess Adams received a 30-month prison sentence for embezzling from the city of Houston and a Wasilla-based company, then dodging taxes.
Mike Dunleavy

Goals for new Alaska crime law range from harsher penalties for drug dealers to reducing recidivism

Some celebrate major progress on the state’s thorniest crime issues while others criticize the methods.
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Alaska foster families get another year of fully funded child care 

With the clock ticking on pandemic-era grants, state officials decided to foot the bill.
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Alaska faces consequences as federal education funding equity dispute continues

State officials offered the feds a $300,000 compromise instead of $17 million adjustment.

Alaska has a new nonprofit newsroom in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Mat-Su Sentinel founder, editor and reporter Amy Bushatz has worked in news for more than two decades and said she aims to fill a local news void.
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Alaska lawmakers pass child care legislation to buoy sector ‘in crisis’

The policy changes are accompanied by $7.5 million for child care center grants.
Cathy Giessel

Last-ditch attempt to return Alaska teacher, public employee pensions fails on Senate floor

The pension proposal would have piggybacked on a bill that aims to remedy the state’s teacher staffing crisis.
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Alaska lawmakers support push to investigate, document forced assimilation in boarding schools 

The widely supported resolution supports a bill championed by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Congress.
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Alaska Senate OKs increased access to birth control

Alaskans may access up to 12 months worth of contraceptives at a time and without a co-pay from the state’s pharmacies if the bill becomes law.
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Southeast Alaska air carrier adopts new tech to make travel safer, more reliable

More precise GPS technology and FAA approval for Alaska Seaplanes to fly new routes is expected to lead to fewer cancellations and increased safety.
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Alaska Native languages at crucial juncture, biennial report says

The call to action urges systemic reforms to the state’s support and integration of Native languages.
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University of Alaska student workers union members protest for contract, after judge bars strike

Union members say time is running out for a contract to be approved by the Legislature before the end of session.
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Both sides of Alaska homeschool case want programs in place, disagree over how it should happen

The judge in the correspondence school case, Adolf Zeman, will decide how long it will be before his ruling takes effect.
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School closure on Eielson Air Force base highlights effects of education policy choices

Military families have been rocked by the second school closure on the growing base near Fairbanks.
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Alaska House committee advances, expands proposal to bar trans girls from girls sports

An amended bill would add elementary, middle school and collegiate sports to limits in place for high school.
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Lawmakers weigh whether to reduce or acknowledge rights of growing Alaska homeless population

As the state’s major cities scramble to house people, advocates say Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s protest bill would further criminalize the homeless.
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Alaska judge strikes down state’s cash payments to families using correspondence school programs

The decision on correspondence programs will become a "hot-button legislative item" in the final weeks of session, lawmakers said.

Alaska school year could start in September under new proposal

The later start date would allow students to spend more time on subsistence activities and working in construction or tourism jobs.
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In fundraising pitch, Iditarod planners say financial woes could jeopardize epic sled dog race

The message comes at a time when major Iditarod sponsors have dropped out, and inflation has increased the cost of participation.