NEWS: Be Safe with Prescription Drugs

Anchorage – Law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and Fred Meyer stores across Alaska are teaming up to collect unused prescription drugs on Saturday as part of the 15th National Drug Take Back Day. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is urging Alaskans to prevent the abuse and theft of prescription drugs by properly disposing of them at authorized collection sites.

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Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia Task Force – Second Meeting

Anchorage – Wednesday, October 31 will mark the second official meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia authorized by the Alaska Legislature through House Bill 64 last session. The task force will meet again to continue studying the latest research on how children learn to read and look at ways to effectively put this knowledge into practice.

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NEWS: Alaska Foster Youth Champion Receives National Award

Anchorage – Next month, the United States Department of Health and Human Services will honor Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) for his career of work to improve the opportunity and lives of foster youth and families. Rep. Gara will receive a 2018 Adoption Excellence Award during a ceremony in Washington D.C. In being chosen for the award, Rep. Gara was praised for his extraordinary contributions to provide permanent, healthy outcomes for children in foster care in Alaska, including through landmark reform legislation passed this year. Rep. Gara was nominated for the prestigious national award by Amanda Metivier, who founded the foster youth advocacy and support organization, Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Metivier has garnered praise for her child protection work at the Child Welfare Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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