Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload Audio2014 Permanent Fund Dividend Will Be $1,884 Josh Edge, APRN – AnchorageIn an announcement Wednesday, Governor Sean Parnell told Alaskans something they have been waiting to hear for months – the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend.Walker-Mallott ‘Unity Ticket’ Faces Legal ChallengeAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageAn officer of the Alaska Republican Party is suing Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and the Division of Elections for the decision to allow independent candidate Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott to merge their campaigns.Feds Investigate University of Alaska For How It Deals With Sexual AssaultLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office will be visiting four campuses of the University of Alaska next month to check if the school is handling sexual violence complaints according to federal law.The University of Alaska system is on a list of 79 post-secondary institutions around the nation being investigated for possible violations, but university officials aren’t sure why.State OKs Linc Energy’s Tyonek Coal Exploration PlanEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe state has given the OK to a plan by Linc Energy to explore for coal in the Tyonek area. Last month, Linc submitted an application to drill at least five exploratory wells in an area about seven miles from Tyonek, on the West side of Cook Inlet.Energy Development Proponents Meet In AnchorageLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageProponents of energy development are in Anchorage for the 10th annual Alaska Oil and Gas Congress. Canada’s Northwest Territories Premiere Bob McCloud says Alaska and the Territories have a lot in common – great resources that are stranded in remote locations.Ride-Sharing Service Uber Coming To AnchorageAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageA ride-sharing service called Uber will start operating in Anchorage this week. Instead of calling a taxi, people who need a ride can use a smartphone app to hail a nearby private vehicle. But taxi companies in Anchorage and around the world say it’s unfair competition.‘Polaris’ Sculpture Is New Fairbanks Centerpiece Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe city of Fairbanks has a new centerpiece sculpture. The assemblage of silver steel spires stands between the Cushman and Barnett Street bridges, along the Chena River downtown. The sculpture called “Polaris” was created by a pair of Vancouver based artists to mirror the local environment.Alaska’s Glaciers Shrinking Faster Than ExpectedEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska’s glaciers are shrinking faster than scientists had thought, but glaciers that terminate in the ocean may be relatively resilient to climate change in comparison to their land-locked counterparts. The data comes from a multi-year airborne survey conducted by NASA.Youth Climate Lawsuit DismissedRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaThe Alaska Supreme Court last week dismissed a case brought by six young Alaskans, demanding the state take action on climate change. The suit was one of several filed nationwide, and the first to take its argument to a state supreme court. In dismissing the case, the Court said that climate policy isn’t an issue the judiciary can decide – it must go through the political process.But, for the young plaintiffs and the nonprofit supporting them, the ruling included some silver linings.
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