Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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Murkowski Misses Vote On Anti-Discrimination Bill

Monday night, the U.S. Senate voted to move ahead with a bill to protect gay people from workplace discrimination. Download Audio

Murkowski Meets With FEMA About Galena Flooding Response

Sen. Lisa Murkowski met this week with federal officials investigating FEMA’s response to this year’s flooding in Galena. The flood left more than half of Galena’s homes uninhabitable. Murkowski says the agency seemed unprepared for a community off the road system and failed to recognize the shortness of the Alaska building season. Download Audio

Miller Allowed To Use Campaign Funds To Appeal $84,000 Judgment

The Federal Election Commission ruled today that U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller can use campaign funds to appeal an $84,000 judgment arising from a campaign related lawsuit. The FEC, though, stopped short of saying a candidate can use campaign money to pay a penalty arising from his own bad conduct in a court case. That distinction probably won’t matter to Miller. Download Audio

Begich Pushes For Extension For Health Care Sign Up Period

U.S. Senator Mark Begich says he still supports the Affordable Care Act but he recently joined nine other Senate Democrats in asking the Obama administration to extend the sign-up period.

Alaska WWII Vets Visit DC Memorial

An estimated 1,500 World War II veterans live in Alaska. The generation that fought the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese Army are now in their 80s and 90s. A group dedicated to honoring these Alaskans, The Last Frontier Honor Flight- flew two dozen veterans to Washington, D.C. last week to visit the World War II Memorial. Download Audio

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file away

With the bitter Congressional standoff over for now, lawmakers could turn to a practice rarely seen in Washington these days. They might pass a few bills. Each member of Alaska’s congressional delegation has sponsored dozens of bills this year. But, other than the budget, don’t bet on anything controversial becoming law.

Temporary Deal To End Federal Shutdown Expected To Pass

The 16-day federal government shutdown appears to be nearing an end, and Alaska’s Republican Senator, Lisa Murkowski, is getting a good deal of the credit.

Congressman Young Says Newest House Proposal Going Nowhere

In Washington, the government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the latest House proposal is going nowhere. It would have funded the government and raised the debt ceiling but included changes to Obamacare. Download Audio

Troupe Prepares Gravity-Defying Show on Museum Facade

A platoon of artists, dancers and rock climbers has been working for months to transform the glass front of the Anchorage Museum into a multi-media vertical stage. The creators call it an “urban art intervention” and it all comes together Saturday night for a one-time performance. Download Audio