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Judge denies injunction; Medicaid expansion will happen next week

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“For this fiscal year, with acceptance of Medicaid expansion, nobody disputes that the federal government is picking up 100 percent of the tab,” the judge said. “It doesn’t cost the state one single dime.”

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Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

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Even as the health of Americans has improved, the disparities in treatment and outcomes between white patients and black and Latino patients are almost as big as they were 50 years ago.

President Obama greets residents in New Orleans on Thursday while in town to mark 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. Andrew Harnik/AP

Obama: Katrina A ‘Man-Made’ Disaster Caused By Government Failure

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The president said that what started out as a natural disaster became something much worse when government didn’t “look out for its own citizens.”

James Yates (left) and William Smith Jr. walk to the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Aug. 13 hoping to get a marriage license. They were turned away for a third time Thursday morning. Timothy D. Easley/AP

Kentucky Clerk’s Office Continues To Refuse Marriage Licenses

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A same-sex couple was denied a license Thursday morning, even after a federal appeals court denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ bid to refuse to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons.

The Oxford English Dictionary added new words including "manspreading," "rando" and "awesomesauce." Caleb Jones, AP

Can You Use That In A Sentence?: Dictionary Adds New Words

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Oxford Dictionaries has updated its offerings with a number of new words, so, naturally, we held a contest to see who could use the most in a single sentence.

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Pacific walrus. (Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)

Walrus leave ice, come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast

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Pacific walrus have come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.

Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion.
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Judge to rule Friday in Medicaid expansion case

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After hearing arguments Thursday afternoon, Judge Frank Pfiffner says he would rule at noon Friday on the legislature’s request to halt the process.

Doreen Brown. (Photo courtesy Anchorage School District)

Yup’ik educator appointed to National Advisory Council on Indian Education

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Alaska has the third lowest graduation rate in the country for Alaska Native and American Indian students — about 51 percent in the 2010-11 school year.

The Koyukuk River has shifted 70 feet in the last few days. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways

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A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters.

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Rate increases approved for individual health care market

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The state Division of Insurance has approved average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent for the two companies providing individual health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.

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Sentencing continues for case related to troopers’ deaths

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The sentencing hearing will be continued next week for a man accused of evidence tampering in the deaths of two Alaska State Troopers.

NPR's series looks at the human toll of mandatory minimum prison sentences. The White House and the Justice Department have taken the unprecedented step of asking for candidates who might win early release from prison through presidential pardons or commutations in the final years of the Obama presidency.
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Department reports death at Fairbanks jail

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Few details have been released, including whether the deceased was male or female, or how the person died.

Oral arguments in lawsuit against setnet ban begin

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Alaska Supreme Court Justices have begun to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over the legality of a proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska.