Barack (aka “Barry”, by Punahou High School friends) Obama, born in Hawaii on this date in 1961, would later be addressed as: Professor, Senator, and Mr. President. Gavin and Wyatt are playing ball, not politics, as they herd the President from the right and left on the south lawn of the White House. You can join the “B-day” Obama birthday celebration by listening to Crosscurrents, 8/4 at 8 a.m.
- The Republican-led Senate majority is more focused on cutting spending to close the state’s budget deficit than the new mostly Democratic House majority or independent Gov. Bill Walker.
- Alaska Native carvers and weavers say they're worried about the future of yellow cedar.
- Mark Anthony De Simone is accused of shooting 34-year-old Duilio Antonio “Tony” Rosales twice in the back of the head in May 2016.
- The Alaska Marine Highway has seen deep funding and service cuts as the state deals with a massive budget deficit. With the money running low, what are the system’s prospects during this year’s legislative session?