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News Roundup: January 8, 2016

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Governor Walker hosted a one-day summit at UAA exploring ways to address housing issues in Alaska. [Alaska Commons]

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative group notorious for spreading state policies like ‘Stand Your Ground’ and Voter ID laws, is quite displeased with Gov. Walker’s state income tax proposal. [Alaska Commons]

Two startups are exploring how to produce affordable, high-quality produce in Alaska, even in the dead of winter. [New York Times]

Anchorage’s music scene is improving, and a New Year’s Eve performance by ska-punk legends Reel Big Fish is hopefully a sign of many more things to come. [Alaska Commons]

The drama over the Anchorage Legislative Information Office continues. On Thursday, a judge sided with developers in the controversial suit pertaining to the LIO. The case is still headed to trial later this year. [Alaska Public]

DC News

President Obama announced executive actions to increase background check and license requirements for gun sales. As expected, lots of people freaked out. [Alaska Commons]

The 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund has been struggling for years, and narrowly escaped being completely destroyed in last month’s budget bill. [Al Jazeera]

A local news van in Washington, DC was broken into while its crew and reporters were at a mayoral press conference about reducing robberies in the District. [WJLA]

Everything Else

The state of Michigan has declared a state of emergency after a cost-cutting measure initiated by the state-appointed “emergency manager” in Flint, Mich. resulted in nearly 100,000 residents being poisoned with lead. [Al Jazeera]

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson asked a group of schoolchildren who the dumbest kid in their class was – so they pointed him out. The 10-year-old says he wasn’t offended. [The Hill]

Oscar Munoz, who became CEO of United Airlines after former CEO Jeff Smisek resigned during a federal corruption investigation, underwent a heart transplant this week and is recovering. [Tulsa World]

PETA is trolling the small group of armed conservatives who barricaded themselves in an unoccupied government building in Oregon. [The Hill]

is an activist, educator, and lifelong Alaskan who makes nonprofit education and advocacy programs work better. Tonei is a four-time Pride Foundation Scholar and received the 2011 Richard L. Schlegel Legion of Honor Award for Emerging LGBT Activist. They have been featured on National Public Radio, and received a 2008 Alaska Press Club award for Best Education Reporting while working with the Alaska Teen Media Institute. Tonei holds an MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in Political Science and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies from American University.

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