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News Roundup: March 14, 2014


News Roundup

In Alaska

The Alaska House is considering legislation that would make APOC complaints confidential until the commission reaches a final decision. [ADN]

The House is also considering a resolution that would call for a constitutional convention, seeking to amend the U.S. Constitution to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office of federal government officials[.]” Because clearly nothing could go wrong there. [Alaska Commons]

Despite “epidemic” levels of sexual assault in Alaska, relatively few cases are actually prosecuted – and Attorney General Michael Geraghty says it’s often the victims’ fault. [Mother Jones]

The owner of Barrow’s ‘East Coast Pizzeria’ was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, discussing some unique aspects of delivering pizzas north of the arctic circle. [WSJ]


The Other 49

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state’s education funding reached unconstitutionally low levels after revenues plummeted following Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s sweeping tax cuts in 2012 and 2013. [CBS News]

Cities and towns across Vermont have voted in favor of a proposal to keep state funds close to home by depositing funds in a new state bank instead of one of the large national banks, leveraging interest for economic development instead of shareholder profits. [The Nation]

A soldier from Utah may have had his life saved by his iPhone, which stopped a suicide bomber’s shrapnel from piercing his leg during an attack overseas. [KSL]



Ugandan gay rights activists say that American evangelical (and Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate) Scott Lively played a significant role in promoting draconian anti-gay laws in Uganda – and now there’s video. [Mother Jones]

Three more people died in Venezuela yesterday amid ongoing clashes between students and police, raising the death toll to 24 after weeks of countrywide protests. [Al Jazeera]


And the Really Tragic News

The price of Amazon Prime subscriptions is about to increase from $79 to $99 per year, effective March 20th. (Student memberships are also increasing, from $39 to $49 per year.) [Consumerist]