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News Roundup: January 22, 2016


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Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff presented a proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year that eliminates 53 teaching positions. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Governor Walker released his proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Pete Kelley said it all: “There’s good news and there’s bad news…The bad news is there isn’t any good news.” The Senate Finance Committee’s reaction was mixed at best. [Alaska Commons]

Polling indicates Alaskans are open to options when it comes to solving the state’s budget woes, but for the most part are pretty clueless about the problem and potential solutions. [Alaska Commons]

Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is in Juneau this week trying to get the legislature to establish a state lottery.  [Alaska Dispatch News]

Alaska Airlines is distributing $98 million in performance bonuses to its employees this week, including $8 million going to employees in Alaska. [Seattle Times]


This Week in Black Lives Matter

16-year-old Gynnya McMillen mysteriously died alone in a Kentucky juvenile detention center, and police say nobody was watching her and there is no apparent cause of death. [Jezebel]

A new investigative report from Cleveland, OH revealed that the grand jury that declined to indict the police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice never actually voted on whether to bring charges. [Slate]

Everything Else

The Buffalo Bills’ Kathryn Smith became the NFL’s first female full-time coach. [Al Jazeera]

Kentucky’s new governor is dismantling that state’s health insurance exchange, just because he can. [New York Times]

Vietnam decriminalized same-sex marriage, though further legislative action is required to grant any legal rights to same-sex couples. [Out.com]

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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