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News Roundup: April 11, 2014


News Roundup

Alaska News

Mining conglomerate Rio Tinto divested its 19% stake in Northern Dynasty (the owner of the proposed Pebble Mine), donating the shares to the Alaska Community Foundation and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation. [Alaska Public Media]

Although the Blood Bank of Alaska’s proposed breast milk bank is far from completion, Alaskans are finding creative ways to obtain and share breast milk with each other. [Alaska Dispatch]

Students in the medical assistant program at UAF were instructed to inject each other with a solution not approved for use in humans or animals. Despite complaints to the department, the injections continued until a student called the solution’s manufacturer, which sent a letter to UAF administrators. No explanation has been offered for why the solution was used, but the students’ professor has been placed on leave and will not have her contract renewed. [Anchorage Daily News]

Former Attorney General John Havelock wrote an op-ed warning against allowing retired Outside oil executives to control regulations in Alaska. [Anchorage Daily News]

The Anchorage Museum is planning a new exhibit for next year about the history of baseball in Alaska. [Alaska Historical Society]


National News

Comcast and Time Warner really want you to think that their proposed merger is a great idea. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is not amused. [Huffington Post]

In related news, Comcast was just announced the champion of the Worst Company in America competition, and will be receiving a golden poo trophy in the mail. [Consumerist]

In addition to the over 7.5 million people who signed up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) increased by 3 million people between October and February. Even states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility saw gains, likely due to increased outreach and awareness. [POLITICO]

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has announced that she will be retiring after five years in the position. [CNN]

A U.S. Navy warship is going to go hang out in the Black Sea to remind Russia that we are keeping an eye on eastern Europe. [CNN]


Everything Else

A recall notice has been issued for Mazda 6s produced between 2010-2012 because spiders like to crawl into the engines and block fuel lines – which can result in cracks, leaks, and fire. Mazda is offering a software update that will let you know if the fuel line is blocked, but won’t do anything to deter the spiders (or help you sleep better at night). [BBC]

There’s going to be a lunar eclipse on Tuesday. While most of North America will have a great view, Alaskans are stuck with only partial visibility. [AccuWeather]

A paper published this week revealed that scientists have successfully implanted laboratory-grown vaginas in women with a particular birth defect. [Newsweek]

And finally, the most important news of the week: Stephen Colbert is going to replace David Letterman on The Late Show. [Variety]