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News Roundup: January 29, 2016

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news roundup logo Legislative Update

The legislature is trying to figure out how much (or how little) they can do this year to address the state’s growing budget crisis. As part of that process, Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal had its first hearing in the Senate this week. [Alaska Commons]

One of the options they’re considering is finally getting around to reforming the state’s Medicaid program. Their lawsuit against Gov. Walker is scheduled for oral argument next week. [Alaska Commons]

A proposal to ban ads from political parties in the state election pamphlet has expanded to include a better system to verify voter registrations and reach unregistered voters. [Alaska Commons]

Other Alaska News

The state Division of Insurance is kicking Moda Health out of the state’s individual healthcare marketplace, leaving Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield with a monopoly. [Alaska Dispatch News]

The school in Tuluksak won 21 iPads as part of a national competition to promote coding courses in schools. [Alaska Public Media]

Alaska Airlines launched its first major change to its branding in 25 years, including a new, more colorful design for its planes. [Travel Codex]

This Week in Water Problems

The Mat-Su Borough announced that Talkeetna’s arsenic levels were higher than those allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency for two months last year. [KTUU]

Pearl Jam has helped raise over $300,000 for the United Way of Genesee County, which is helping lead relief efforts in response to the toxic municipal water caused by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration in Flint, Michigan. [US Uncut]

Everything Else

Amidst teacher strikes over deplorable school conditions, the “emergency manager” of Detroit Public Schools (who also managed nearby Flint into the aforementioned water crisis) quietly issued a new directive threatening to fire anyone who finds out about colleagues’ protest plans and fails to snitch on them. [Detroit Metro Times]

During DC’s massive snowstorm this week, only women showed up to run the Senate. [Washington Post]

The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested 7 of the militia members who illegally occupied federal property in Oregon, and killed an eighth. [Southern Poverty Law Center]

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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