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News Roundup: March 7, 2014



The Legislature has a mysterious database of capital project requests called CAPSIS. Its occasionally-revealed contents can explain a lot about how people and organizations end up in the state budget without most people knowing about it. (Like, say, tennis courts.) [Anchorage Press]

Governor Parnell has officially decided that whoever buys the Flint Hills refinery won’t be held liable for cleaning it up. The current owner isn’t particularly happy with that approach. [Daily News-Miner]

One veteran, who is also a UAA student, says the legislature should do some more thinking before legalizing concealed carry on campus. [Alaska Dispatch]

A conservative Republican member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly demanded the removal of Ms. Magazine from the shelves of a local co-op, based on the publication’s support for reproductive rights. [The Mudflats]

The state is spending $50,000 on a campaign to raise awareness of Alaska’s “safe surrender” law, which allows a parent to legally give up an infant at a police station, fire station, or hospital within 21 days of birth, no questions asked. [KTUU]

In related news, the State of Alaska doesn’t have any requirement that schools teach sex ed – or any kind of health education. [CNN]


The Feds

Burning trash is common in Adak, but lately bald eagles have been caught in the fires – and now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making the city do something about it. [Alaska Public Media]

A judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission delivered a serious smack-down to the owners of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline this week, rejecting a request to charge higher fees based on behavior that was “grossly in conflict with their duties as a regulated monopoly.” [Alaska Dispatch]

Oh, and NASA totally launched a rocket into the middle of the Northern Lights. [io9]


Everyone Else

A Bitcoin developer has created a new cryptocurrency for the Ogala Lakota tribe in South Dakota, in hopes that the  “MazaCoin” can help the tribe maintain its sovereignty from the US government [Popular Science]

The city of Chicago had record-breaking participation in its 9th annual “CHIditarod.” Described by organizers as “probably the world’s largest mobile food drive,” the event involves costumed Chicagoans racing elaborately decorated shopping carts along a five-mile course. It’s no race to Nome, but sounds like good fun for a good cause. [Chiditarod.org]

The government of the District of Columbia decriminalized the possession and consumption of small amounts of marijuana. [Policy Mic]

Journalists and activists in Ukraine are working hard to preserve and publish hundreds of documents that were discarded, burned, or dumped into a reservoir during the rapid departure of former Ukranian president Victor Yanukovych. [Foreign Policy]