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News Roundup: April 15, 2016


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Alaska News

A two-year effort to restrict access to comprehensive health education appears to have finally died in committee. At least for now. [Alaska Commons]

The legislative session ends on Sunday, and oil and gas tax credit reform is still a long way from being resolved. [Alaska Public Media]

The Governor and the Legislature are inching closer to agreement on how to leverage the Permanent Fund to establish a sustainable budget. [Alaska Commons]

This Week in Racism

Bill O’Reilly told Donald Trump that many African-American job seekers are “are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.” [Salon]

Everything Else

In the aftermath of the FBI’s iPhone hacking efforts, Congress is considering legislation that would essentially kill encryption for consumer devices in the United States. [Consumerist]

A state Superior Court judge in Connecticut is allowing a lawsuit to move forward against Bushmaster, the maker of the military-style rifle used in the Sandy Hook shooting. [Connecticut Post]

Fun fact: As Solicitor General, Ted Cruz defended a law criminalizing the sale of dildos in Texas. [Mother Jones]

Al Jazeera profiled Nepal’s first female Muslim lawyer, who is also the only woman on the country’s Human Rights Commission. [Al Jazeera]

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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