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Soul to Soul: April 19-20, 2014

Tue, 2014-04-22 09:07

Here’s the music playlist from the April 19-20, 2014, edition of Soul to Soul with Marvel and Sherry Johnson. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

  • Song Title
  • Artist Name
  • Album
  • Duration
  • Label

Flight STS Take Off 2013 – Liz and Martin Fly By to Long Pass
02:41
100.620

Keep Your Head Up In The Sky
Earth Wind And Fire
05:11
89.053
8

Be Ever Wonderful
Earth Wind And Fire
05:22
141.925
16

Love Ballad
LTD Featuring Jeffrey Osborne
04:37
300.000

Never Would Have Made It
Marvin Sapp
06:56
300.000
12
Zomba

June Old 2 New 2004
STS Sweep
01:17
114.323

Jesus (Original Clean)
Kem ft Patti LaBelle & Ronald Isley
04:45
131.000
1
www.franchiserecordpool.com

Goodtime (Lp)
Brent Jones and The T P Mobb
05:20
78.322
1

God In Me
Mary Mary ft Kierra Sheard
03:17
88.000

www.franchiserecordpool.com

God In Me (Remix)
Mary Mary ft Malice
03:15
88.000
1
www.franchiserecordpool.com

And Yet I’m Saved
Donald Lawrence
03:54
299.450
11

I’ll Take You There (3)
Bebe & Cece Winans
06:06
101.943

Jesus Is Love
Commodores
05:00
135.543
7
Motown

BeBe Winans
Oh, happy Day
05:06
97.885
15

June Old 2 New 2004
STS Sweep
01:17
114.323

To Be Encouraged
William Becton
05:10
100.016
9
WEB

To Be Encouraged (Reprise)
William Becton
02:18
100.018
10
WEB

We Give You Thanks
The Sounds Of Blackness
06:47
109.354

Lean On Me (Choir Version)
kirk Franklin
05:06
107.647
9

Testify
Sounds Of Blackness
05:37
300.000
5
Perspectiv

Solid
Ashford & Simpson
05:09
101.262
9
Alliance

STS Motown 2007 – Motown Today Tomorrow Forever

01:38
94.943

Got to be there
Jackson 5
03:24
86.301
10

With You I’m Born Again
Billy Preston And Syreeta
03:40
82.354
4

Zoom
Commodores
06:45
86.538
11
Motown Records

?
Gerald Levert And Eddie Lever
05:39
188.596
1
Elektra

Say Amen
Howard Hewitt
04:34
300.000

Every Time It Rains
Will Downing
04:53
300.000
4

Golden Time Of Day
Kem
05:35
97.002
2
Brantera Music Group, Inc.

LoveZone 2010 Theme – Love Rock the Best 2010 Jet Fades end

02:17
93.492

Joe – Closer
Joe
03:50
76.000

www.franchiserecordpool.com

April Love
LTD Featuring Jeffrey Osborne
04:30
13051.000

I Wanna Get Next to You
Rose Royce
03:58
300.000
7

You’re Still A Young Man
Tower Of Power
05:36
113.571
7
WEA

Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

04:38
138.005
10

I Do Love You
Midnight Players
02:51
89.003
6

Happy Feelin’s
Ledisi
05:08
74.004
6
Brantera Music Group, Inc.

STS Sweep 2014 – Old Skool Mixdown 1

00:55
86.131

Do Me Baby
Meli’sa Morgan
05:19
300.000

STS Vocal – Marvell Your Alaskan Soul Connection

00:12
86.747

Earth Wind & Fire
Love’s Holiday
04:21
148.850
2
Sony Music Distribution

Can’t Hide Love
Earth Wind And Fire
04:09
77.956
6

STS Sweep 2014
Liz Old Skool
00:51
107.245

Heaven Sent You
Howard Hewitt & Stanley Clarke
06:07
105.000

Marvin Sapp – The Best In Me (Live) Extended)
Marvin Sapp
08:35
102.276

The Battle Is The Lord’s
Yolanda Adams
06:29
113.292
5

Reasons
Earth, Wind & Fire
09:52
125.903
9

STS Sweep 2014 – Old Skool Mixdown 1

00:55
86.131

Stand By Me
Maurice White
04:10
118.239
3

Summer Madness
Kool & The Gang
04:18
87.934
8
Island Mercury

I’m So Into You
Peabo Bryson
04:11
117.862
1

Feel The Fire
Peabo Bryson
04:35
124.649
2

Feel The Fire
Stephanie Mills
04:59
116.090

STS Full Landing – June 1 2004

06:31
119.963

AK Beat: Sun-splashed Alaskans can revel in Earth Day this year

Tue, 2014-04-22 07:54
AK Beat: Sun-splashed Alaskans can revel in Earth Day this year Spring temperatures were more than 50 degrees by noon in many parts of Anchorage and pushing up toward record highs for a second-consecutive dayApril 22, 2014

Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla

Tue, 2014-04-22 01:06

Joe Miller, with family in front row on stage.

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller kicked off his campaign last night in Wasilla before a few hundred cheering supporters.  Amid prayer and patriotic songs, Miller and those introducing him talked about God, guns and government mistrust.  Miller drew cheers as he hit on popular Tea Party themes, such as abolishing the IRS and ending state surveillance.

“They need to understand that the people have had it That’s why you’re here today,” he said, to applause. “This is about ‘we the people.’ It’s not about Joe Miller. It’s about restoring you to your rightful position, where government is the servant and you are the master!”

This is Miller’s second run for U.S. Senate. He didn’t mention the dramatic undoing of his earlier campaign, except for a passing reference to the time his security team shackled a journalist trying to interview him. Miller, a father of eight, made the aside as he was introducing the four younger children, who were on the stage with him in Wasilla.

“They’re all martial arts experts. We learned that from the 2010 race. We needed in-house security. So I don’t have t0

Standing for the national anthem at the Joe Miller kick-off.

bring my handcuffs any more,” he said.

Other speakers at the event included a Big Lake church pastor, a Gun Owners of America director and also conservative radio talk show host Lars Larson. Despite a low campaign profile in recent months, Miller has been raising money. On that score, he’s in third place in the three-way Republican race, but not far behind Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.

Miller makes Senate campaign official with 'Liberty Launch' in Wasilla

Mon, 2014-04-21 23:07
Miller makes Senate campaign official with 'Liberty Launch' in Wasilla Joe Miller officially announced his candidacy for the Alaska Republican Party's 2014 U.S. Senate nomination in front of approximately 200 energetic supporters in Wasilla on Monday night.April 21, 2014

Alaska Legislature blows past 90-day limit towing education bill

Mon, 2014-04-21 22:56
Alaska Legislature blows past 90-day limit towing education bill The Alaska Legislature will go at least into a 92nd day as debate continues over HB 278, the omnibus education bill and centerpiece to a legislative session that has come to be called at Gov. Parnell's suggestion, the "education session."April 21, 2014

House lawmakers vote to keep Knik Arm bridge, Susitna dam money in budget

Mon, 2014-04-21 22:34
House lawmakers vote to keep Knik Arm bridge, Susitna dam money in budget On Monday, a day after the legislative session was supposed to end, the House began debating amendments to its capital budget, which didn't see the light of day until late Saturday.April 21, 2014

Cook Inlet oil and gas proves boon to Southcentral Alaska

Mon, 2014-04-21 20:29
Cook Inlet oil and gas proves boon to Southcentral Alaska Cook Inlet natural gas has had its ups and downs over the years, but the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is optimistic -- especially after looking at the industry's economic benefits to the region.April 21, 2014

Smoking Alaska travel deals for thrifty adventurers in April, May

Mon, 2014-04-21 19:29
Smoking Alaska travel deals for thrifty adventurers in April, May More special early-season offers to explore the Last Frontier continue to trickle in as the days get longer, the temperature climbs -- and the tourists begin to arrive in droves.April 21, 2014

Quyana for Alaska's new official languages: 'The Words of Earth'

Mon, 2014-04-21 19:11
Quyana for Alaska's new official languages: 'The Words of Earth' OPINION: Losing Alaska's first languages would be more than a loss of culture.April 21, 2014

Kodiak defendant's sons say dad never possessed alleged murder weapon

Mon, 2014-04-21 18:51
Kodiak defendant's sons say dad never possessed alleged murder weapon The Kodiak murder trial against James Michael Wells saw the testimony of Wells’ two sons -- one a Portland police officer -- as defense witnesses on Monday.April 21, 2014

Three alleged counterfeiters using laptop and printer headed to trial

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:37
Three alleged counterfeiters using laptop and printer headed to trial Three alleged counterfeiters in two separate criminal cases based in Southcentral Alaska have been accused of altering actual Federal Reserve notes into larger bills. The two federal defendants allegedly did so using a typical laptop computer and printer.April 21, 2014

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:25

Full House: The House of Representatives and the Senate met in a Joint Session in the House Chambers on April 17, 2014. They confirmed all of the governor’s appointees to boards and commissions. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.

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APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is there with them right now. Hello, Alexandra.

Hello, Lori.

Has any progress been made on the education bill?

The Senate just finished their debate and passed their version 16-4, with Anchorage Democrats opposing the legislation. The bill before them was introduced by the governor and is a major priority for him. It’s a pretty sprawling piece of legislation, and it includes provisions to that make it easier to establish charters school, gets rid of the high school exit exam, all sorts of things. But the big hang-up has been the education funding question.

The governor started the session with an $85 increase to the base student allocation in it, with future increases promised. That’s the amount of money a school gets for each student, and every $100 increase is worth about $25 million. The House more than doubled that number, with an education package worth about $250 million over three years. The Senate went even higher – up to $330 million — but they offered that money as one-time funding.

That’s where things blew up.

Many education advocates have been screaming for that money to be put into the base student allocation because it gives schools a lot more security. If the money is a one-time thing, there’s no guarantee the school districts won’t have to come back and ask for it again to help make up their budget gaps and avoid teacher layoffs.

The debate that happened in the Senate is kind of a pro forma thing. Democrats offered amendments to the bill, but none were adopted. The real fight will happen when the bill gets sent back to the House, because it could trigger a pretty unusual negotiating process called a free conference committee.

Can you explain what that does?

Last night, as everyone was kind of slaphappy and it was clear that the Senate and House just did not see eye to eye on education funding, I heard one legislator describe it as a committee with super powers. The House will send a few of their people, the Senate will send theirs, and then they hammer out their differences in a way that hopefully works for both bodies. In a normal conference committee, you pick and choose the bits that each side like. But in free conference, you have the power to add completely new stuff and dramatically change the bill. 

It’s something that’s really only used when there’s a major impasse. But because the committee has the power to add entirely new language to the bill, there’s a risk for things to get messy.

Are there any other hang ups beyond funding?

There are a few. The House doesn’t like that the Senate took out language that lengthens the probationary period from three years to five years before  urban teachers can get tenure. They also don’t like that the Senate version requires municipalities to take on a bigger burden in funding education. That provision could result increased property taxes in some communities, which doesn’t really play well in an election year.

So, how long can session go at this point?

Even though voters put a 90-day limit on the legislative session a few years back, the Legislature can meet up to 121 days without running afoul of the Constitution. Obviously, people want to get out as quickly as possible, but since they’ve already blown the deadline, they may as well try to get things done as best they can and finish work on other bills that were at risk of dying.

How much work is left unfinished, aside from education?

Well, the two other big priority bills did pass this weekend. At the beginning of session, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the Legislature to put a few billion dollars toward the pension system and to pass a bill that allows a massive natural gas pipeline to be built. The Legislature did that. That’s done. That’s off their plate.

But there are still dozens of lawmakers’ personal bills that got close to passing, but were then held up either as leverage in negotiations or were just caught up in the logjam as things fell apart this past week. Those cover everything from a popular crime reform bill to legislation allowing the DMV to offer license plates with bears on them. 

‘Demo Dose’ Lab Tests Find Bacteria

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:24

Lab testing of a synthetic saline solution wrongly used in a University of Alaska Fairbanks medical class shows bacteria. A Houston based laboratory was hired by the university to analyze samples of “Demo Dose.” The solution, which is not intended for humans, was used by UAF Community and Technical College Clinical Procedures Class students to practice injections on themselves and one another.

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Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No Pipedream

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:23

With an oversupply of natural gas in the country, Alaska is exploring the construction of a relatively small, low-pressure gasline within the state’s borders – while still holding out hope for a much larger project should prices improve.

Dan Fauske is the president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation – or AGDC. He spoke to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce last week about when and where Alaskans may see gas.

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Dan Fauske. Photo by Ellen Lockyer.

The AGDC is the latest attempt by the state to put something — anything — together to promote the construction of a gasline from the North Slope. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation was established by the legislature in 2010 to explore in-state options for gas while a more high-profile effort — Gov. Sarah Palin’s Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA — was trying to connect North Slope gas to markets in the lower 48 through a gasline in Canada.

Earlier this year, Gov. Parnell announced that the state and TransCanada had called it quits, putting an end to AGIA.

Now, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is the only game in town. And Dan Fauske knows this game has been played time and time again.

“We have a plaque in our office. It says, Fairbanks to get Gas. It’s from the 1954 Daily News-Miner. So this debate’s been going on a while.”

The problem is economic. Natural gas is sold in volumes of 1,000 cubic feet at a price — right now — somewhere between $3 and $4. To sell gas, it has to be delivered in pressurized pipelines, or be super-cooled and liquefied.

If you’re close to the gas, it can be a great deal. The city of Anchorage has been served for decades by low-cost gas from oil refineries next door in Cook Inlet.

On the North Slope, where the state has vast reserves of natural gas, Fauske says it’s considered a byproduct.

“For years, the gas a Prudhoe Bay has been reinjected into the ground to force the oil out. The petroleum engineers will tell you that we’ve looked at this gas three and four times. They’ve recycled it.”

The AGDC is exploring a 700-mile gasline from Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski, which would be about one-hundred miles shorter than a gasline to Valdez, where the TransAlaska Oil Pipeline terminates. There are two options on the table. A 36 -inch low-pressure pipeline that would carry so-called “lean gas” — or gas ready for delivery directly to consumers. The other option is a 42-inch pipeline delivering much higher volumes of gas under much higher pressure. The smaller pipeline would cost almost $8-billion and serve primarily Alaskans. The larger pipeline would cost $65-billion, and supply Alaska and the global export market.

The big three oil producers — Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP — and even TransCanada would partner with the state in the big pipeline, if it ever pencils out. Fauske says this is a big “if.”

“Oil companies are not charged with taking care of Alaskan citizens. Oil companies do things for their shareholders. I’m not defending them, I’m just saying no one’s going to invest in this kind of project so that 700,000 Alaskans can get a benefit. The reality is: They do things for their shareholders. The irony is that the Alaska Permanent Fund is a huge shareholder of Exxon stock. People say, They should have done this. It’s been looked at thirty times.”

The state invested $355 -million dollars in the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to perform the preliminary engineering and design for the smaller gasline — called the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline — which will take about 2 years. Fauske believes that sometime in that window, the two projects will meld and the state will ultimately have a 10-percent stake in a gasline that is operational by 2020.

Fauske spent 18 years as the director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation before taking over AGDC. He was on Gov. Palin’s AGIA team, which he says was a good idea, when gas was at $10. His expertise is in finance.

The discovery of shale gas in the northern plains of the US undermined AGIA, but Fauske believes this new gasline strategy, based on revenue bonds, is a workable solution for the state’s energy needs, as well as the largest construction project in the country.

But he says gas is nothing akin to the discovery of oil on the North Slope.

“Oil is king. Gas gives us security. From a revenue standpoint gas will never replace oil.”

Asked by a member of the chamber audience to give odds on which gasline would be built, Fauske pointed to the radio microphone and tv camera and declined. Instead, he quoted a line from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, and said, “Something wonderful’s going to happen.”

Delta vs. Alaska: Dueling Airlines Benefit Juneau

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:22

Delta Air Lines performs a test flight into Juneau on Wednesday in preparation for daily service to Seattle starting May 29. (Photo by Doug Wahto)

In preparation for daily flights between Juneau and Seattle starting May 29, Delta Air Lines performed test flights in the capital city on Wednesday. For a long time, Alaska Airlines has been the only one flying that route.

Juneau is set to benefit from the competing partner airlines.

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Alaska travel analyst Scott McMurren says the power of competition goes a long way in lowering airfares.

“The moment that Delta’s rubber hits the tarmac in Juneau, fares will be at historic lows. The moment Delta leaves the market, fares will immediately return to their previous level. This is a great opportunity for Juneau travelers, and that great opportunity will last as long as Delta flies there and not a moment longer,” McMurren says.

An online spot check of round-trip flights between Juneau and Seattle in early June showed the airlines offered the same fares, $487.40. In September when Delta service ends, flights on Alaska Air Lines jump $80.

Adding service to Juneau is part of Delta’s expansion in Seattle. Right now, the airline makes 35 daily departures out of Sea-Tac Airport. By August, Delta hopes to increase that to 86 departures.

“We are reaching out to markets that are key travel markets for us that allow us to carry passengers both into Seattle as well as connect them onto international flights. We’re adding a significant amount of international service. We just added London Heathrow at the end of March and we are going to add Hong Kong and Seoul in June,” says Anthony Black, Delta spokesman.

The airline already flies from Seattle to Amsterdam, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Connecting to international destinations is what Black says will set Delta apart from Alaska Airlines, which only flies internationally to Canada and Mexico.

Between Juneau and Seattle, Delta will be flying a Boeing 757. Alaska Airlines uses 737s. Black says a 757 can carry more passengers and has more powerful engines.

He also says Delta’s prices are competitive and, so far, Delta is pleased with bookings.

Marilyn Romano, regional vice president for Alaska Airlines, says she feels very secure with Alaska’s position in Juneau. She says Delta’s one flight a day between Juneau and Seattle during the summer doesn’t compare with Alaska’s eight flights a day.

“That’s our standard operating business coming in and out of Juneau and that doesn’t include all the other flights that we have – Anchorage to Juneau, or Juneau to other cities in Southeast Alaska – so as far as competing, I think we feel like we’ve been operating daily service into Juneau for over four decades,” Romano says.

Plus, there’s free baggage if you’re a member of Club 49, the airline’s program for Alaska residents, and bonus mileage, like last summer. Travelers flying on Delta from Juneau to Seattle will still get Alaska Airlines miles, though.

While Alaska and Delta are now competing in Juneau, the two airlines are partners for other destinations.

“At times, the competitive nature of our business is bigger than at other times and this is probably one of those times. We’re doing what we need to do to grow our business and Delta will do what Delta feels they need to do to grow their business, and at the same time, we are partners, so it’s a unique situation,” Black says.

Juneau International Airport manager Patty deLaBruere says competition is good for Juneau’s economy.

“Alaska Airlines, I think, has taken very good care of people up here but Delta may add a different flair on what they’re going to do for the travelers. So choice is good,” says deLaBruere.

That also means more revenue for the airport, an enterprise of the City and Borough of Juneau. Renting space for a check-in counter and offices, flying in and out, and parking its plane overnight in Juneau for the summer will cost Delta about $90,000.

Earth Day Celebration Helps Mark Wilderness Act’s 50th Anniversary

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:21

Earth Day will be celebrated with a concert in Fairbanks on Tuesday. It’s part of a summer long series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws.

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Alaska News Nightly: April 21, 2014

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:12

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.

Missed Deadline Pushes Initiatives To General Election

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Because the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election.

Alaska Becomes The Second State To Officially Recognize Indigenous Languages

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Supporters of a bill to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages organized a 15 hour sit-in protest at the Capitol on Sunday. Their dedication paid off early Monday morning, when the Alaska Senate passed the measure on an 18-2 vote.

It now heads to Governor Sean Parnell for his signature.

‘Demo Dose’ Lab Tests Find Bacteria

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Lab testing of a synthetic saline solution wrongly used in a University of Alaska Fairbanks medical class shows bacteria.  A Houston based laboratory was hired by the university to analyze samples of  “Demo Dose.”  The solution, which is not intended for humans, was used by UAF Community and Technical College Clinical Procedures Class students to practice injections on themselves and one another.

Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No Pipedream

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

With an oversupply of natural gas in the country, Alaska is exploring the construction of a relatively small, low-pressure gasline within the state’s borders – while still holding out hope for a much larger project should prices improve.

Dan Fauske is the president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation – or AGDC. He spoke to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce last week about when and where Alaskans may see gas.

Delta vs. Alaska: Dueling Airlines Benefit Juneau

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

In preparation for daily flights between Juneau and Seattle starting May 29, Delta Air Lines performed test flights in the capital city on Wednesday. For a long time, Alaska Airlines has been the only one flying that route.

Juneau is set to benefit from the competing partner airlines.

Earth Day Celebration Helps Mark Wilderness Act’s 50th Anniversary

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Earth Day will be celebrated with a concert in Fairbanks on Tuesday. It’s part of a summer long series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws.

Alaska needs to take back authority it ceded on mental health grievances

Mon, 2014-04-21 14:53
Alaska needs to take back authority it ceded on mental health grievances OPINION: If the state of Alaska continues to allow private mental health hospitals and psychiatric units to act with the power of the state, then the state has an obligation to set the patient grievance rules, due process and appeal process.April 21, 2014

Driver shows scant emotion at hearing verdict

Mon, 2014-04-21 13:51
Michael Schmidt was found not guilty last Thursday of impaired driving causing bodily harm to Jessica Frotten and Michael Sanderson.

Many firearms seized at Yukon border crossing

Mon, 2014-04-21 13:47
Three U.S. residents have learned over the past couple of months just how difficult it is to get firearms from Alaska into the Yukon, with a number of firearms charges being laid.

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