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News Roundup: October 10, 2014


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Around the State

An ordinance that would add prayer to the agenda of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly passed a first vote this week. [Alaska Public Media]

The Municipality of Anchorage sued Uber for allegedly breaking the city’s taxi laws. [KTUU]

In a frightening case of mistaken identity, state troopers told one Anchorage family that their son had been killed in a traffic accident when it was actually someone else by the same name. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Ted Stevens’ daughter wrote an op-ed claiming that her father would have supported Dan Sullivan in the upcoming U.S. Senate election. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Local news stations are strapped for cash, and as a result have no choice but to take massive amounts of ad dollars from Super PACs. A KTUU station manager describes the realities of modern political advertising. [Bloomberg Politics]

Judicial Corner

In case you haven’t been paying attention to anything this week, the Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of same-sex marriage, drastically increasing the number of states where same-sex couples can marry. [Wall Street Journal]. Shortly thereafter, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. [Alaska Commons] After some initial confusion, the Idaho ruling was stayed pending appeal, but Nevada is free to go forward. [Buzzfeed]

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Wisconsin from implementing its controversial voter ID law, which threatened to cause significant confusion for the upcoming November elections [CNN]

A new law in Alabama would allow the state to appoint lawyers to represent the interests of fetuses in cases where teenage girls cannot get parental consent for an abortion. [Jezebel]


The Utah Jazz basketball team signed a one-day contract with a 5-year-old fan suffering from leukemia. It’s exactly as adorable as you expect it to be. [Mashable]

Seattle voted to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day this coming Monday. [USA Today]