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News Roundup: April 30, 2016


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Alaska News

The Anchorage School District is nearly ready to hire a new superintendent – they’ve narrowed it down to two candidates, both Alaskans with extensive education and management experience. [Alaska Public Media]

A drunk driver in Juneau rammed a garage door at the Governor’s mansion, and was arrested after crashing into a fence at the Capitol. [Alaska Public Media]

The Iditarod Trail Committee voted to ban musher Travis Beals from the 2017 race and “for an indefinite period of time thereafter,” and is revisiting its policies on mushers charged with domestic violence. [Alaska Dispatch News]

This Week in Weed

Proposed legislation in Colorado could remove the state’s current quarter-ounce-per-day limit on marijuana sales to out-of-state residents. [AP]

The Feds

In a move that shocked absolutely no one, the Pentagon investigated itself and reported that it is not guilty of a war crime for blowing up a hospital in Afghanistan – because the deadly air strike was the result of incompetence, not malicious intent. [Al Jazeera]

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with serious medical conditions, instead forcing them back into the expensive and lackluster state-run “high risk pools” that existed prior to the ACA’s implementation. [Reuters]

The White House announced that nearly half of federal jobs will stop inquiring about criminal history during the first round of the application process, providing job seekers with a better opportunity to prove themselves and explain the blemishes on their record. [Buzzfeed]

International News

The Large Hadron Collider was sabotaged by a weasel (or possibly a marten), resulting in a shutdown of the machine for several weeks. “It is unclear whether the animals are trying to stop humanity from unlocking the secrets of the universe.” [NPR]

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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