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Due to shrinking and disappearing sea ice caused by climate change, tens of thousands of Pacific walrus have hauled out on shore near Pt. Lay, a village in Northwest Alaska far from their feeding grounds. During a press teleconference Wednesday (Oct. 1), Joel Garlich Miller, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the haul-out of 35,000 walrus this time of year in this location is a change from the past.

Native leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut off from their families and culture. As KNBA’s Joaqlin Estus reports, the state says the decision in Tununak vs the state of Alaska will put kids into permanent homes more quickly, and follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. “Baby Dawn,” not her real name, was four months old in 2008 when the state took custody of her. She was put in foster care with a non-Native family in Anchorage.

Murkowski throws support behind Republican candidate Dan Sullivan for U.S. Senate 

Sen. Murkowski says she's disappointed by what she called the "dishonest attacks" on Sullivan, and defended his record as Alaska's attorney general and Natural Resources Commissioner.

Congress passes bill to exempt tribes from IRS

Alaska unemployment higher than national rate in August

Unemployment in  Alaska inched upwards in August, from 6.1% in July to 6.3% in August. The state's highest unemployment rate was 12.4% in Southwest Alaska. Unemployment in Anchorage and the Mat-Su region was 5.4% in August. The jobless rate nationwide was 6.1% in August.

High costs closing Bethel Senior Center

Anchorage judge sets Sept. 26 as the date for arguments

An Anchorage judge has set Sept. 26 for arguments in the lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Elections Director Gail Fenumiai over an emergency order that allowed two candidates for governor to merge their campaigns. Democratic nominee Byron Mallott is running for Lt. Gov. with independent candidate for Governor Bill Walker.

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Permanent Fund Dividend third largest in 33-year history

This year's PFD will be $1,884. That's twice as much as last year and the third-largest ever. Distribution begins Oct. 2.

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Lawsuit alleges candidate merger of gubernatorial campaigns was unlawful

His campaign says Sullivan changed his mind after he read the measure

Before the election primary, in which he faced Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, U.S. Sen. candidate Dan Sullivan opposed Ballot Measure Three, which would increases the state's minimum wage by $2 to $9.75 per hour in two years.  His campaign says Sullivan changed his mind after he read the initiative. Sullivan says he still opposes a federal minimum wage increase. His opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, supports a bill in Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to just over $10 an hour.

Alaskans will find out the size of the Permanent Fund dividends in a week. Dividends based on the five-year investment earnings are distributed annually to eligible Alaska residents. KTUU reports three Polaris School students estimated this year's PFD amount at $1,909.  

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Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed a bill that would have scrubbed Courtview - the state's onlne criminal records database - of any charge that did not result in a conviction. The Alaska Court system has adopted a rule that would wipe the records of any person who was arrested but not charged with a crime.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA 90.3 FM

Yesterday (Thursday) Alaskans shared some of the concerns about and hopes for the Arctic with the newly appointed U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic. Admiral Robert Papp is no stranger to Alaska, though. He first traveled above the Arctic Circle in 1976, during his first tour of duty in the Coast Guard, and returned several times as Coast Guard Commandant.

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