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April 27, 2021 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

An investigation by the Marshall Project and NPR found that foster care agencies in many states take social security benefits from orphaned and disabled children — almost always without telling them. In Alaska, more than 250 current and former foster children — many of them Alaska Native — are part of a class action lawsuit demanding that the state pay their Social Security money back (story by Eli Hager and Joseph Shapiro, NPR News).

But first… 

I want to introduce you to some new bylines at KTOO.

Claire Stremple joined us last month as a health and science reporter. Claire worked at our sister station in Haines before moving to the big Capital City. She has a special interest in stories about maternal health and environmental science. We also scored a new dog in the newsroom when Claire moved to town!

Bridget Dowd is starting her third week at KTOO as a local news reporter. We lured Bridget away from KJZZ, the NPR station in Arizona, where she was producing Morning Edition and filing impactful stories from communities around the state. Bridget's natural curiosity will help her get to know Juneau and its stories real quick. She has three cats, which are unfortunately not allowed in the newsroom. 

Lyndsey Brollini is also new to the newsroom this month. She's Haida and originally from Anchorage but has been living and working in Juneau for a few years. She splits her days between KTOO and Sealaska Heritage Institute and wants to cover social justice issues in addition to other important stories from our community. 

If you've got story ideas for our new or old reporters, send us a tip or reply to this email directly.

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Juneau Afternoon: Tlingit, a language of poetic metaphors and more
I can't let National Poetry Month go by without sharing something with meter, rhyme or meaning. This week, on our daily community program, two Alaska Native writers joined host Rhonda McBride to talk about their own work, work they love and poetic richness that is the Tlingit language. You owe your ears and your mind this hour.
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KTOO Public Media would like to acknowledge the L'eeneidí and the Wooshkeetaan of the Áak’w Khwáan. Our broadcast studios are on their ancestral homeland. Our building sits on fill that was once tideland and part of what is called the Indian Village. The families of the Juneau Indian Village, like their ancestors, cherish and depend upon their immediate connection to the waterfront. KTOO is working to lift up Tlingit voices and the Tlingit language. Please excuse us for our mistakes, and gunalchéesh for your patience as we learn.

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