Local First News (News of the North)

The Alaska Supreme Court will hear a case on Thursday about whether state-provided student allotments for homeschooling can be used for private or religious education. This follows an April ruling that deemed such use unconstitutional.

Lawmakers scrutinized the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation during a Legislative Budget and Audit Committee hearing. Concerns were raised about the fund's investments and potential conflicts of interest involving board member Gabrielle Rubenstein. CEO Deven Mitchell defended the fund’s strategy, emphasizing decisions made in the best interest of all Alaskans.

Alison from the public health center discussed essential services provided, especially as Juneau's population increases over the summer. The center offers services on a sliding scale and ensures no patient is turned away due to inability to pay.

Northern Dynasty Minerals and two Alaska Native village corporations are suing the EPA over its veto of the Pebble Project, arguing that the agency exceeded its authority. Proponents claim the project would bring economic benefits and jobs to local communities.

The North Pole City Council has temporarily removed Mayor Michael Welch from office, pending the next city election or until he can demonstrate his ability to resume duties. This decision followed controversy over Welch signing a costly contract revision without council approval, attributed to memory lapses from recent concussions.

Recent court rulings in Kansas and Missouri have issued rulings that prevent certain aspects of the U.S. Department of Education's student loan forgiveness program from going forward, limiting President Biden's efforts to ease loan repayment burdens for borrowers.

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