First Ladies Of Bluegrass Make History At IBMA Wide Open Street Fest

first_img https://twitter.com/RhiannonGiddens/status/1045848578088980480 News Twitter Get the inside scoop on the all-star band at the center of Friday night’s festivities in RaleighDerek HalseyGRAMMYs Sep 29, 2018 – 7:03 pm There is a strange moment that happens at the end of the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, N.C. A surreal transition takes place on Friday afternoon. After a week of business being done, seminars and workshops taking place, and bands doing late night showcases for talent buyers, record label reps and DJs from all over the world, the mood changes abruptly.Once the IBMA Awards show on Thursday night is over and the free-form jams that last until dawn have died out, the streets of Raleigh are blocked off, stages are set up and the vendors get ready for the Wide Open Street Fest.Beginning at noon on Friday, tens of thousands of festival goers show up to enjoy eight stages of live music with some of the best musicians in the world playing for who really counts: the general public.A big part of the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival is the performances at the beautiful 5,500-seat Red Hat Amphitheater located in the heart of Raleigh. This year, on Sept. 28, the headliners are the First Ladies of Bluegrass, an amazing group of women who have bursted through the ceiling of the bluegrass genre to rightfully claim their place in history.The First Ladies of Bluegrass include Missy Raines, the first and only female musician to win the IBMA Bass Player of the Year award, Alison Brown, the first woman to win the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award, Sierra Hull, the first and only woman to ever win the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award, Becky Buller, the first and only woman to ever win the IBMA Fiddler of the Year prize, and Molly Tuttle, the first and only female to ever take home the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year honor.Raines and Brown’s breakthroughs happened in the 1990s, but Hull, Buller and Tuttle’s awards came about within the last two years. The times are still changing.The impetus for this lineup came from the recording of Raines’ new album, Royal Traveler, a year ago. Produced by Brown for Brown’s label, Compass Records, an idea was hatched to bring in Hull, Tuttle and Buller for the recording of the song “Swept Away.” From there, the all-star collaboration that would grace the stage at Wide Open Street Fest was set in motionTo add to the excitement of the show, two special guest musicians were added to the First Ladies of Bluegrass bill: Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch. Both Giddens and Welch are GRAMMY-winning artists, and Giddens gave the IBMA World of Bluegrass Keynote Address a couple of years ago.Before the First Ladies of Bluegrass band takes the stage, however, lightning strikes for this special lineup of female talent when on the evening of Sept. 27, exactly 24 hours before their headlining show, Raines, Brown, Tuttle, Hull, and Buller won the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for “Swept Away.” Additionally, Hull earned another IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year title and Tuttle won her second IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award in a row. Backstage at the Fest, we talked to Raines, Buller and Giddens about this historic grouping.When Raines was growing up near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and going to bluegrass festivals as a kid, she was inspired by watching the Katie Laur Band perform. Laur was one of the first females to lead a bluegrass band of men that were not related to her in any way.“I think about Katie Laur a lot because, even though I wasn’t imagining leading a band when I was a teenager, she stood out to me because she was in stark contrast to a lot of the women I saw playing music at the time,” said Raines. “It was Katie’s group and she was leading it and fronting a band of men, and that was something you didn’t see much then. And, there was a style about her while onstage that I really liked. She would talk to people like they were in her living room, and I was very influenced by her presence and what she was doing onstage as much as her music.”Giddens grew up listening to all kinds of music as a kid in North Carolina. While her own style is more on the old-time, African-American blues and old-school country side with modern sensibilities and a little funk thrown into the mix, bluegrass music was in her ears for as long as she can remember.“Bluegrass is probably the genre that I have had the longest relationship with because my uncle was a bluegrass musician and evidently my grandfather was one as well, though I never met him,” said Giddens. “It was a part of my upbringing and a part of who I am. I don’t play it, but I sure appreciate it and have my favorite sound in it. I am drawn to the older stuff. Newer bluegrass is very virtuosic and the modern pickers are amazing and they can do all kinds of things. But, I like my bluegrass a bit more gritty. One of my favorite mandolin players is Mike Compton, who plays a style that is real. He just digs in there and does it. I’m not really into the clean, fast picking, even though it is amazing to see.”Giddens is also well-aware of the history being made with Raines’ group.“The image of bluegrass music is still, to a certain extent, a bunch of guys in suits playing onstage,” said Giddens. “Image doesn’t always reflect reality. That is why things like this First Ladies of Bluegrass show are important so people know that women are playing these instruments and have been influential going back to the beginning. It is like, ‘We are here, and we kick butt and have been kicking butt for a long time, so we’re letting you in on a little secret.” Man it’s been awesome to work with the ladies of bluegrass…cooking up some good stuff for tonight. @missyraines @sierrahull @molly_tuttle @FiddlerBeckyB @alisononbanjo @gillianwelch #IBMA pic.twitter.com/MuVcCiSMbe— Rhiannon Giddens (@RhiannonGiddens) September 29, 2018 Facebook Email Buller grew up in Minnesota before making her way south to the wonderful Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University. Now, even as a performer who has won some big awards, she gets emotional thinking about standing beside and playing music with such impressive women.“I still think of myself as a bluegrass picker from Minnesota who grew up playing with my family,” said Buller. “I never dared to dream that I would get to do this at the level that I am getting to do it now. I look over and I think, ‘Whew! It’s Alison Brown. Wow. And, I’m playing with her.’ Each and every one of these ladies is a hero of mine. All of these women are so nice and it is just a joy to get to spend time with them, and then to get to create music with them as well.”With all of this history and excitement mounting around the First Ladies of Bluegrass’ special IBMA Wide Open Street Fest appearance, the anticipation is palpable – especially for Buller.”I imagine that at this show a part of me is going to be flipping out,” added Buller. “But, the other part of me is saying, ‘Yeah, man! Let’s pick!’”Photo Gallery: Inside World Of Bluegrass, IBMA Awards & Festival in Raleigh First Ladies Of Bluegrass Make History At IBMA first-ladies-bluegrass-make-history-ibma-wide-open-street-fest First Ladies Of Bluegrass Make History At IBMA Wide Open Street Fest Read morelast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for October 24 School Van Driver Caught Texting Neighbor Dispute

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, October 24, 2018:Police & Fire responded to a pellet stove malfunction, causing smoke in the house, on Linda Road. (5:41am)Police observed operator of a North Reading Transportation school van texting while pulling through turnaround at Middle School. Police contacted NRT. (9:09am)A Somerville Avenue caller reported a neighbor was blowing leaves into their yard. Police responded. Ongoing issue between four neighbors. Peace restored. (10:12am)Citizen reported incident involving an unruly fan at the football game back on October 21 at 8:45pm at High School. (1:03pm)5 ladders fell of a work truck and onto a vehicle on Jewel Drive. Police attempted to make contract with truck owner. (2:44pm)Police collected ammo found in a safe at a home per homeowner’s instructions. (3:19pm)2 vehicle crash took place on Main Street. A physical altercation between operators was reported. Vehicles were gone by the time police arrived. (5:38pm) A walk-in party stated he was assaulted during an exchange of paperwork following a motor vehicle crash. (7:30pm)A 36-year-old Wilmington man was taken into protective custody and his vehicle was towed. (10:00pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for December 21 Hawk Trapped In Store Package Stolen Off Porch

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, December 21, 2018:Laura L. Francis (36, Wilmington) was issued a summons for an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (12:49am)Police conducted youth protection training at the station. (1:08am)Police came across an individual sleeping in a vehicle in the MBTA paring lot on Main Street. Situation checked OK. Individual was just resting before work. (1:37am)A Burlington Avenue resident reported a package was stolen off his porch. (5:02pm)A hawk was trapped inside the Savers store. Animal Control Officer was unable to catch the hawk. Employees will leave doors open as long as possible before closing. Officer will return in the morning if necessary with the Arlington Animal Control Officer. (5:23pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 6: Women Fighting Or Just Watching The Bruins?; Package Stolen From Porch; Coyote SightingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Jeff Bezos Blue Origin to return to space after sixmonth break

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment Sci-Tech 0 By midday Tuesday, Blue Origin was reporting that weather looked good for a planned blastoff at 8:50 a.m. Central Time Wednesday from its west Texas launch facility. The whole thing will be live-streamed via Blue Origin’s website.This will be the 10th mission for New Shepard, which is sort of like a smaller version of the reusable Falcon 9 rocket that is the workhorse for Elon Musk’s SpaceX. But Blue Origin has plans for a larger, orbital-class rocket to compete more directly with SpaceX for commercial missions launching satellites and other heavier payloads. Last week, the company shared this new video animation of a New Glenn mission. It hopes the first such launch will take place from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2021. We are go for launch tomorrow. Weather looking good. Targeting liftoff at 8:50 am CST / 14:50 UTC. Follow live on https://t.co/7Y4The9OmR and check out the @NASA payloads flying with us https://t.co/XL8Yu1hKmI pic.twitter.com/pkRpcUVJQB— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) January 22, 2019 Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ready for launch in Texas, backed by a starry sky. Blue Origin After a number of delays, Blue Origin is hoping to get back to space as soon as Wednesday with its first launch in six months.The rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos plans to send its New Shepard rocket carrying eight NASA-sponsored research projects to spend some brief time in microgravity before coming back down.The payloads include experiments to study things like Earth’s electromagnetic field, measuring fuel levels using sound waves and ways to keep tightly packed electronics cool. The full list of projects can be found on Blue Origin’s website.The launch was originally set for December, but got scrubbed due to “a ground infrastructure issue.” After fixing the issue and reviewing other systems, lift-off was rescheduled for Monday, but forecast high winds pushed the mission again to Wednesday.  Blue Origin Jeff Bezos NASA Spacelast_img read more

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Old hacks strike again Data from 22B accounts lands on the dark

first_img Share your voice In the first collection, stolen credentials come from breaches as far back as 2008, sourced from more than 2,000 different hacked websites. The rest of the set, which weighs in at more than 600GB, includes data from hacks that hit MySpace and Adobe in 2013.   Stolen credentials, especially on this scale, can be extremely valuable, but they’ve popped up for free on the dark web and hacker forums over the last month. Some entrepreneurial hackers have chosen to charge for the stolen data, despite its age. “These collections contain enough credential sets that some percentage are bound to still be valid, and they’re directly in the line of sight for the criminal community,” Wilson said. “Even accounts that have since undergone a password change are still at risk: email addresses are appetizing targets for phishing attacks, and regular password reuse across multiple platforms means that even if the exposed account has undergone a password change, there may be plenty of other accounts still using that same compromised password.”While the stolen information is old, hackers are betting that a small percentage of people in the data dump never changed their credentials, or are still using the same passwords years later. If even just one-tenth of 1 percent of people in the massive leak still use the same passwords, that’s 2.2 million accounts that hackers could potentially access. Considering that 45 percent of people would keep the same password after a breach, according to a LastPass survey, the odds are in the attackers’ favor. The massive amount of stolen data is most useful for credential stuffing, a technique in which bots flood multiple services with the same set of login information as quickly as possible. If someone uses the same username and password for their hacked account on LinkedIn that they do for their bank accounts, for example, it could be an opening for credential stuffers to exploit.You can check if you were affected by the massive data set with the HPI’s search tool. Even if you weren’t affected, you should consider changing your outdated passwords, or using a password manager. Tales of a hacked Nest Cam: It convinced a family that the US was being attacked by North Korea.On the watchtower: These are the rockstar hackers protecting you from the bad guys. Up to 2.2 billion records of hacked accounts are available for download.  James Martin/CNET Billions of hacked passwords and usernames from the last decade have come together in a convenient download for anyone who can find it on the dark web. More than 2.2 billion usernames and passwords have been compiled and laid out for hackers to use, according to researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The compiled data doesn’t come from any fresh breaches: Much of the information was accumulated in hacks like LinkedIn’s 100 million breached accounts and Dropbox’s 68 million stolen credentials, both of which happened in 2012. While this stolen data has been available for years, the massive collection conveniently puts it all in one download for people to use. Researchers are referring to all that as Collection #2 through Collection #5, and it’s one of the largest compilations of stolen credentials in history. It follows the 773 million email addresses released in Collection #1 earlier in January.   Data breaches are a painful reality of the digital era, with billions of people’s personal and confidential information at stake. That’s drawn the attention of lawmakers, who are considering ways to punish multimillion-dollar companies that can’t protect people’s private data. Compiling data from old breaches could be a startling new trend for cybercriminals, said Emily Wilson, vice president of research at security firm Terbium Labs. “Data from thousands of breaches, big and small, is floating around on the dark web on any given day,” she said. “There’s nothing stopping an enterprising criminal from gathering the data together, packaging it and remarketing it — especially when they can turn a profit.” Post a comment 3:26 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Biggest hacks of 2018 0 Tags Securitylast_img read more

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NASA commemorates 50th anniversary of the moon landing with audio series

first_img Share your voice Comment Jeff Bezos reveals plans for the moon and beyond A lot has changed since Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon almost 50 years ago. NASA July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. To remember the occasion, NASA is seeking your help in creating an audio series that examines the cultural and scientific influence of the event, NASA said in a release. The audio series will also hint at the future of space exploration. NASA 1 Culture Sci-Tech Tech Industry “You can help NASA tell the Apollo story by sharing your own perspective on lunar exploration, or by interviewing a loved one who lived during the Apollo era,” NASA said. “NASA will select some submissions to feature in the audio series, on its website and/or social media.” Record your or a loved one’s memories on your cellphone, but try to keep the recording short. NASA has tips for interviews on its website. When you’re done, email the audio file to apollostories@mail.nasa.gov and then keep an eye on your inbox for further instructions. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 3:33last_img read more

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This 200 Fender Newport portable wireless speaker is on sale for 100

first_img Fender Newport $149 5 Photos The Cheapskate Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2:11 Share your voice Mentioned Above Fender Newport 4 places you should put smart speakers in your home See It $182 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img 2 The Fender Newport is a Bluetooth wireless speaker that packs great sound in a compact frame while still sporting the stylings of the company’s famous guitar amps.  Aloysius Low/CNET It’s too bad it’s too late to grab this for Father’s Day, because it has “Dad” written all over it. The Fender Newport is a wireless speaker modeled in that classic Fender style, perfect for anyone looking for a slick alternative to the standard Bluetooth brick. Read more: Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts you still have time to get When it debuted late in 2017, the speaker sold for $200 — and that’s still the price pretty much everywhere. However, for a limited time, and while supplies last, Music123 via eBay has the Fender Newport portable Bluetooth speaker for $99.99. Shipping is free, but delivery will take two to four business days — a bit too late for Father’s Day, alas. See it at eBayThe front of the speaker says a lot — it looks like a Fender amp! — but it’s on top where you really get the feels. You wouldn’t think knobs and switches could be a big deal, but, well, see for yourself:fendernewport-04The speaker uses physical controls for a more personal touch.  Aloysius Low/CNET I haven’t had the pleasure of trying one of these myself, but CNET did a hands-on preview of the Newport, so I’ll turn you over to that. Here’s a key takeaway:The Fender Newport packs lots of sound for its size, thanks to its two woofers and one tweeter. The sound is bold and balanced. It’s not too bass heavy, but you can turn that up if you like. The highs are clear with no cracking, even at full volume — which, I might add, is loud enough to hear clearly two rooms away. Fender promises around 12 hours of battery life, but unfortunately you have to use a proprietary charger and power brick; you can’t just connect a standard Micro-USB charger or the like.That said, I’m liking this deal a lot. So many Bluetooth speakers are so boring-looking. This one oozes cool. Fender’s Newport Bluetooth speaker is all about the classic look Walmart Preview • This Bluetooth speaker has old-school looks and great sound Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers See it Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: Bluetoothlast_img read more

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Adam Sandlers Murder Mystery is Netflixs biggest weekend film ever

first_img Share your voice Comments 50 Photos How many switched off after 15 mins ? 🙋‍♂️— GaryLDN (@GaryLDN) June 18, 2019 Originally published June 18.Update, June 19: Adds Netflix’s background information on view count. 2 🚨ADAM SANDLER AND JENNIFER ANISTON BREAKING NEWS ALERT🚨30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide.— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) June 18, 2019 Luke Evans, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are in this movie. Scott Yamano This weekend you might have been scrolling through Netflix. You might have looked at Roma or Okja or The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Then you might have faced the inevitable: Netflix is going to get you to watch Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery. You and everyone else.On Tuesday, Netflix tweeted that Murder Mystery, an Agatha Christie-like caper also starring Jennifer Aniston and directed by Kyle Newacheck for Happy Madison Productions, had broken the record for “biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film.” In its first three days, over 30 million people watched Sandler and Aniston attempt to figure out who killed a billionaire at a yacht party. center_img Tags We don’t know the exact answer to that question, but we do know that, according to a Netflix representative, the streamer counts a “view” as “an account that’s watched at least 70% of the total run time.”As for what film previously held the “biggest opening weekend” title for one of Netflix’s originals, we’ll have to keep on guessing.Murder Mystery is part of Sandler’s eight-movie deal with Netflix. The Ridiculous 6 arrived in 2015, followed by The Do-Over, Sandy Wexler, The Week Of and the upcoming crime comedy Uncut Gems. In the meantime, Sandler found critical success starring in Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, a non-Happy Madison production.Netflix is normally coy with its viewing figures, but in-house records? We’ll tell all! In January, it tweeted Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box had the “best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!” — viewed in that period by over 45 million Netflix accounts.It also released numbers on shows like You, Sex Education and Bodyguard, but again, few details on those non-independently verified stats. Culture TV and Movies 2019 TV shows you can’t miss But that’s not the biggest mystery at play here. As one Twitter user pointed out, how many of those viewers watched the whole movie? Netflixlast_img read more

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Bill Gates says Microsoft losing to Android was his greatest mistake

first_img See it He suggested that Microsoft being distracted by an antitrust lawsuit was a factor in Google having the chance to get into the mobile market. The search giant released Android a decade ago, and that OS now has over 2 billion monthly active users, more than double the number of Windows 10 users, our sister site ZDNet noted.In 2017, Gates said he used an Android phone, but didn’t specify which one. The Gates Foundation (which Bill founded with wife Melinda) didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether that was still the case.It’s also not the first goof Gates has admitted to. In 2013, he said that the control-alt-delete function, which allows users to log in to Windows and access the task manager, was a mistake that came after an IBM keyboard designer wouldn’t give them a single button for it.Steve Ballmer, who succeeded Gates as CEO in 2000 and retired in 2014, once admitted that his biggest mistake was letting Google dominate the search market. So as Google works through its own antitrust problems, CEO Satya Nadella better keep a close eye on all aspects of its operations.First published June 24 at 5:46 a.m. PT.Updated at June 25 at 4:25 a.m. PT: Adds that Gates used an Android in 2017 and his control-alt-delete comments. Comments 6:16 Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy Mobile Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) 14 Bill Gates reckons Microsoft should have occupied Android’s role as the alternative to Apple. Stephen Shankland/CNET Bill Gates has conceded that his “greatest mistake ever” was failing to put Microsoft in Android’s position as the world’s biggest “non-Apple” mobile operating system. The Microsoft co-founder was reflecting on the era when the market was shifting toward mobile, in an interview at venture capital firm Village Global.”In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” he said.”It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90% as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.” $145 reading • Bill Gates says Microsoft losing to Android was his ‘greatest mistake’ See It • $179 13 Photos See It Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right Applecenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $169 Microsoft announces Project Scarlett Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Abt Electronics Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Amazon $143 Tags See It Share your voice Microsoft Windows 10 Android 10 (Android Q) Bill Gates Microsoft Applelast_img read more

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Alaska Air Group To Repurchase Up To 650 MillionWorth Of Stock

first_imgThe Alaska Air Group will buy back up to $650 million of stock, in a move approved by the Board of Directors. The buyback will equal about 10-percent of the company’s current market capitalization and comes on the heels of the current $250-million stock buyback.In a prepared statement, the Chief Financial Officer stressed that the Alaska Air Group will finance the stock repurchases with cash on hand and cash flow from operations. Since 2007, the Alaska Air Group has instigated 8 stock repurchase initiatives at a cost of $519-million. The Board of Directors also approved a quarterly cash dividend of 25-cents per share to be paid on June 4. The Alaska Air Group is the parent company for Alaska Airlines.last_img read more

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Funny River Residents Meet After Evacuation Order Lifted

first_imgThe Funny River fire continues to burn the central Kenai Peninsula this week. Light rains have helped firefighters maintain their containment lines.The fire is estimated at around 193,000 acres with 46 percent containment.All evacuation advisories were lifted this week and the Skilak Lake campground and boat launch reopened today.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.Funny River residents met Wednesday night at the local community center for the first time since the evacuation orders were lifted. Fire management officials were there to update them on continuing operations and to help the community move forward.Download AudioThere’s standing room only at the Funny River community center. Residents stand shoulder to shoulder in this small building that just a few days ago was in the heart of the evacuation zone.There are many familiar faces inside. When I first met resident Sarah McAlpin, she was at the Red Cross shelter in Soldotna. She had no idea then when she’d be able to go home or even if she’d have a home to go to. Now, she and her neighbors are back.“I’ll tell you when I got home, the relief was incredible,” McAlpin said.She says the past week and a half has been very stressful. But things are looking up now.“The most peaceful sleep…we had a motorhome. Yes, we’re used to that. But, being in your home—nothing was damaged, no visual effect that had happened. It was incredible,” McAlpin said.While no houses were damaged by the fire, there are visible burn areas along the south side of Funny River Road.There are other signs of the fire too, like streamers of colorful tape tied to trees, signposts and gates. And, a few unusual spots marked as crime scenes. Lieutenant Dane Gilmore with Alaska State Troopers says that tape played an important role.“The Fire Incident Commander issued the evacuation order. The Borough spread the word with it using RapidNotify and using our dispatch center. And we sent various law enforcement agency folks—AST, Wildlife Troopers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, State Parks and CERT volunteers to the area,” Gilmore said. “And we had established to use pink and blue flag tape to indicate that we had gone to a residence to attempt to notify people of the evacuation.”He says they used pink and blue because it’s a distinctive combination. But, the evacuation was so large they ran into a problem.“There were about a thousand locations. So, eventually we ran out of pink and blue. We switched to blue and orange because we had some orange left,” Gilmore said. “And eventually we ran out of that. Because we have crime scene tape in our vehicles, we used crime scene tape.”Now that the evacuation is over, Gilmore says it doesn’t need to be up anymore.“And if you have it, I would suggest that you remove it. It is evidence of your participation in this fire and that your house was impacted. But it’s also what we will use in the future in order to note that we gone to attempt notification,” Gilmore said. “So, it’s good if we can get that removed so if there’s a future event, we can use this as an effective way to indicate people that have been notified.”Incident Commander Rob Allen says he doesn’t see another evacuation happening anytime soon. But, fire can be unpredictable and he says there are ways for residents to protect their property for the future.“As we’re getting it more contained and people are getting back into their homes, they still need to continue to clean up around their homes,” Allen said. “Firewise is always good. The fire’s still here. We’re not a hundred percent contained yet, even in the areas that we’re really working on that have values at risk. So, getting their places cleaned up and making sure they’re good to go.”Allen says the forest has also been significantly changed by this fire. Places that were once popular recreational spots may not be safe for quite some time.“If they start traveling in the fire area itself or next to the fire area to see how things were, just be careful,” Allen said. “The trees will be weakened. If we get a good windstorm, stuff will fall over. It’s going to be hazardous for quite a while.”The area is not the same as it had been before the fire. The community will have to adjust to the differences, which may take some time.But for residents like Sarah McAlpin, just being back at home again is good enough. She says that wouldn’t have been possible without all of the people who came together to make it happen.“The appreciation and the words can’t express how we really feel. The job that everybody did was incredible,” McAlpin said. “I would like to give a huge thanks to the community of Soldotna. They opened their doors. They fed us, they sympathized, empathized. The outpouring of support was incredible. I hope that someday I get to pay it forward.”There is another community meeting in Funny River tentatively planned for later this week.last_img read more

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Ad Alleges Begich Shortchanges His Female Staff – Is It True

first_imgAn ad running against Sen. Mark Begich attacks him on his support for women – exactly where he proclaims his strength. The ad, by Crossroads GPS, says he favors men when it comes to setting salaries for his Senate staff.Listen now:Sen. Begich attended a rally in Anchorage this week to mark National Women’s Equality Day and called for an end to gender pay disparities.“We cannot in this country continue to have these inequities when it comes to men and women, whether it’s pay, benefits or anything else. So you’re going to find me working double time.”In a new ad, Crossroads GPS, an Independent political group affiliated with Karl Rove, says Begich doesn’t live by the principle he preaches.“Sen. Begich pays his female senate staff 71 cents for every dollar he pays men. On average, women working for Sen. Begich make 23k less than men.”In an interview after the rally, Begich refuted those numbers.“I don’t know where he got that data. I can tell you when you go job to job, classification to classification, we pay women 108 %. In other words, more than men. I’m sure he’ll run an ad on that next saying I don’t pay men enough!”In Washington, senators set the salaries for their staff, within an overall office budget. A review of staff salaries for the first half of the fiscal year shows, on average, Begich does pay men more. There are endless ways to crunch the numbers, but excluding interns and part-timers, APRN found he pays men an average annual salary of  nearly $80,000, and women about $64,000. It comes to 82 cents on the dollar. It was about the same last year, too.Begich says it skews the numbers when you include what is far and away the top salary: $153,000 for chief of staff David Ramseur. When that one is excluded, the wage gap shrinks, but it still comes to 89 cents on the dollar.Begich does have a lot of women on staff, nearly double the number of men, and they’re not just in the entry-level spots. Looking at his 10 best paid staffers, half are women.As for Begich’s claim that he actually pays women a bit more for the same position, that is true in some cases, and when looking at the same position over several years. But right now, there’s only one job title held by several men and several women. It’s “legislative assistant” and there are seven of them. The men who hold that position make $6,000 more per year than the women, on average.last_img read more

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Feds Turning Tongass Land Over To Sealaska

first_imgSealaska Corp. gets its new land on Friday.The federal Bureau of Land Managementwill sign paperwork that day turning over 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the corporation.Download AudioThe agency’s Ramona Chinn says the land must still be surveyed and patented. But as of Friday, it’s Sealaska’s.Sealaska Plaza, the corporation’s headquarters.“It’s a milestone for the land-transfer program. Sealaska is one of 12 regions and this would finalize their entitlement,” Chinn says.Federal legislation passed late last year turned the land over to the Juneau-based regional Native corporation. Sealaska gave up the right to select other lands in Southeast, under terms of 1971’s Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.The Bureau of Land Management’s Erika Reed says Sealaska prioritized which of the new parcels it wants first.“We are going to be able to, we think, depending on the budget, survey the first two priorities this year. But assuming we maintain a stable budget, it will probably take us about five years to survey all 18 parcels,” she says.The full process will take about eight years.About 3,400 acres of old-growth forest on the Cleveland Peninsula and Prince of Wales Island’s North Election Creek are at the top of the list.Sealaska has said logging could begin this year, but it’s not a firm decision. The parcels are near other corporation land with logging infrastructure.Sealaska can also take over up to 76 tracts of cemetery and other historic sites in the Tongass totaling no more than 490 acres.No timeline is set for that process.last_img read more

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National State Level Conservative Groups Ramping Up Presence in Anc Mayors Race

first_imgAmy Demboski surrounded by supporters at Election Central on Tuesday night, including one holding a sign with the middle cut-out, a reference to attacks last week against her campaign posters. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Major conservative political groups are stepping into the Anchorage mayor’s race. The May runoff between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz is drawing increasing attention from state and national organizations hoping to influence local politics.Download AudioAmericans For Prosperity is a political group based in Virginia, backed by the Koch brothers, that advocates for conservative causes. They don’t endorse candidates, but will be seeking to inform Anchorage voters about their two choices for mayor.“We’ve identified Ethan’s record as one that’s troubling, and we think will be devastating to the residents of Anchorage,” said Jeremy Price, spokesman for the Alaska chapter of AFP.Price said that in the past Berkowitz has supported higher taxes and larger government. AFP is still developing a strategy for how to connect with voters, and that will determine whether or not they’re required to file financial disclosures with the Alaska Political Offices Commission.“We don’t disclose who our donors are,” Price said, though he admits that funding comes from both inside and outside of the state. “But the longer our presence in Alaska is, the more we receive donations from Alaskans.”Political Action Groups are barred from coordinating with campaigns directly. However, the Demboski campaign does appear to be drawing more heavily on the state’s conservative political resources as it picks up steam.Before winning the second slot in the runoff election, Demboski received endorsements from high-profile conservative politicians Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller. Now, Miller’s former advisor, Matt Johnson, is working as Demboski’s volunteer coordinator.And, as of two weeks ago, she has brought on David Boyle to handle communications. Boyle was the chairman for the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign in Alaska.“Conservatives in this city–from fiscal conservatives to social conservatives–will see that there’s a very distinct difference between Amy Demboski principals and policies, and her opponents’ more liberal policies,” Boyle said by phone.For the last several years, Boyle has led the Alaska Policy Forum, a conservative think-tank that advises state legislators on issues like education and healthcare reform. The organization also publishes a controversial index of how much municipal employees are paid. The policy forum has received support in the past from a network of state-level groups promoting conservative public policy, and both local and national media outlets have cited the lack of transparency in the groups’ own finances, which are reported to be linked to major Republican donors like the Koch brothers.Boyle says this weekend the Demboski staff will be drafting policy points and a campaign strategy for the weeks ahead.“As you know, the Assembly has a liberal majority on it, and I think we need some balance there,” Boyle added. “So I think we need a conservative mayor, and Amy’s going to provide that.”The Berkowitz campaign is also receiving support from Political Action Groups, though they are more parochial and traditional players in local politics. Anchorage labor and public employee unions have donated to the Berkowitz campaign, and the National Education Association’s Anchorage chapter is supporting him. The Alaska Democratic Party made robocalls and sent out emails to registered party members during the first phase of the election.“We’ll be contacting voters in a variety of ways,” said Travis Smith, communications director for the party, “phoning and door-knocking, for example.”The Berkowitz campaign disagrees with the claims about his record from Americans for Prosperity. Communications Manager Nora Morse said that during his time in the Legislature, Berkowitz was part of a bipartisan coalition that worked on budget solutions when oil was $9 a barrel.“I think that’s very interesting that Americans for Prosperity is playing in this mayor’s race, and the fact that they’re coming in claiming to care what Anchorage voters want, when really Anchorage voters are talking about, number one, public safety, the city budget, and public education,” Morse said by phone. “They haven’t talked about any of those issues, and that raises some red flags.”Candidates met Friday with the officials from the union representing the Anchorage Police Department, who have so far not made any endorsements in the mayor’s race.Correction: The original version of this story cited Matt Johnson as Amy Demboski’s campaign manager.last_img read more

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Wet Weather Gives Wildland Firefighters An Edge

first_imgThe statewide wildfire response that’s been operating at peak for more than a month is ramping down. Wet weather over areas of the interior has calmed many fires.Download AudioHeavy rain showers have pelted the interior over the last few days, a weather pattern that’s replaced the hot dry conditions that allowed numerous lightning caused blazes to grow earlier in the month.  Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the shift in conditions in many areas has dampened fire activity enough to allow downsizing the suppression operations.At the end of June, much of Alaska was afflicted by wildfire. Credit: Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s map of active wildfires.Mowry says the peak force of over 3,000 firefighters has been cut in half, adding that Alaska based crews are being prioritized for work. While many areas have received enough rain to stop fires, Mowry says that’s not the case everywhere.There are still 285 wildfires that are considered active in the state, with 19 of those staffed. Mowry cautions that even wildfires, where activity has slowed substantially will continue to get attention.Mowry says some of that work involves rehabilitating fire line, in some cases turning it into trails or access points.last_img read more

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Walker administration works to fix broken 911 call system

first_imgGov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Capitol, April 26, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gov. Bill  Walker asked the chairs of both finance committees Monday to re-allocate $10 million toward the state’s ailing 911 system.Listen nowThe money was originally proposed for oil and gas research, but the governor’s office said that this was more important.One in four Alaskans doesn’t have access to a standard 911 emergency number, and the system has been impairing rural residents’ ability to reach first responders for years.If you call 911 in rural Alaska, there’s a good chance something will go wrong.Let’s say you need help in Aniak, for instance. Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan attended a meeting in the village last year.“They said, ‘you know, by the way, sometimes when you dial 911 you get an answering machine,’” Monegan said. “That floored me.”That doesn’t just happen in Aniak.The Department of Public Safety’s John Rockwell said that he’s heard plenty of stories like this.Then there are the communities where 911 just sort of dead-ends.Rockwell said that happened to a colleague of his when she visited a village.“The person she was visiting had an allergic reaction to something,” Rockwell said. “She called 911 and she just got, ‘I’m sorry, this service is not available in your area.’”When that didn’t work, the woman’s friend gestured to a 10-digit, non-emergency number written on the wall.The woman tried to call it, “but she didn’t have her contacts in,” Rockwell said. “So she couldn’t even see it!”In Alaska, 911 runs into trouble in the best of times.In January, KYUK reported that Bethel’s 911 system can’t track callers’ locations if they’re on a cell phone; residents are encouraged to tell the police exactly where they are if they need help.But if you leave incorporated areas like Bethel for Alaska’s rural communities, the problems can get a lot worse.Many communities can’t fund their own police departments or dispatch centers, so in villages like Aniak, 911 is sometimes redirected to the area’s lone Alaska State Troopers officer or village public safety officer.In communities without that level of law enforcement, emergency calls might be directed to the mayor’s personal number, or the fire chief’s.If anything goes wrong with that person’s phone, or if that person leaves town, communities can lose their emergency call services.In many cases there’s only one person available to pick up the calls, which Monegan said poses an obvious problem if there’s an earthquake or a fire.“If the VPSO or the trooper responds to the call, what happens when there’s a second call?” Monegan said. “Who answers that?”The Department of Public Safety has a plan to fix this, Monegan said.The solution is a state-wide 911 system, and a number of rural emergency calls are already re-directed to a State Trooper dispatch center in Fairbanks.Monegan is fortifying that center now so it can take calls from a wider range of rural areas.Callers should be able to call 911 from anywhere in Alaska by June 2018, Monegan said.But the Fairbanks center could become overloaded, and it still wouldn’t have the technology it needs to track callers’ locations, which in rural Alaska can be a problem.“That gets kind of dicey if you’re out there on the river or on a snowmachine and you’re lost, disoriented,” Monegan said. “You dial and we ask you, ‘where are you?’ And then you’re going to say, ‘well … I’m lost.’”The $10 million was originally designated for oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The governor’s office said improving rural public safety is more urgent than promoting oil drilling on the arctic coastal plain.The money would go toward creating a State Trooper dispatch center in Anchorage and implementing statewide Next-Gen technology so that 911 could identify where callers are.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday April 18 2019

first_imgLegislators reject six Dunleavy appointees to boards and commissionsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Legislature confirmed 82 other members to state boards and commissions during a joint session.Dunleavy fills second Palmer court seat after delayAssociated PressGov. Mike Dunleavy has filled a second Palmer Superior Court judgeship, weeks after the deadline to make such a pick.Maine governor approves extradition of accused UAF cold case killer to AlaskaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe governor of Maine has signed a warrant allowing the extradition of a man accused of a rape and murder 26 years ago in Fairbanks.Anchorage bust nets heroin, fentanyl totaling 10-plus poundsCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageInvestigators say they seized more than 8 and a half pounds of heroin and more than 2 and a half pounds of fentanyl pills in the recent arrest of an Anchorage man on federal drug charges.Elim without potable water; boil notice issuedDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeThe community of Elim is going into its fourth day without running water, following more than a day without power over the weekend. And as of Tuesday, the state issued a boil-water notice for the Norton Sound coastal community.As cruise ships grow, more passengers are headed to AlaskaAbbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAcross the state, port cities are preparing to welcome a record number of passengers.The special ingredient inside these new gluten-free noodles? Fish, from Alaska.Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe featured ingredient in the new gluten-free “protein noodles” stocked at Costco might surprise you: It’s pollock, the unassuming whitefish caught by the millions in the Bering Sea, off Alaska’s coast.Donlin Gold to begin drilling programKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelIt’s going to be a busy year for Donlin Gold. The company is gearing up for another round of geotechnical drilling, its first in two years.If approved, Fairbanks could have its first female police chiefTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAnchorage police Lieutenant Nancy Reeder has accepted Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly’s offer to serve as the city’s new police chief.Ask a Climatologist: The mid-April snow people are seeing is not surprisingCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDeciding when it’s really spring is problematic in Alaska, maybe more so this year than others. First, there was an extremely early breakup of Alaska rivers and now many Alaskans are dealing with mid-April snow showers. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

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Ragin Contagion exercise tests Nomes ability to respond to widespread disease

first_imgIn Shaktoolik during the statewide exercise, health aide Sarah Sampson interviews a local resident to determine if they are “infected” with the pneumonic plague. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Slingsby, Kawerak)The fall of 2018 marked one hundred years since the Spanish flu hit Western Alaska, devastating Alaska Native populations and wiping out some villages in the region. This month, public health officials participated in a statewide exercise that tested how communities would respond if a similar widespread airborne disease happened today.The host site in Nome for the statewide pneumonic plague exercise last Friday was the local recreation center. Upon arriving into the mock clinic, residents were asked one simple question: “are you feeling well?”If their response was “yes,” then they were directed through stations to receive appropriate medications. But if their answer was “no”…“So first, we would have you put on a mask, to make sure that you are quarantined from other individuals, because this is contagious,” one of the health aides said. “Then we are going to transfer you over to a quarantined area in the hospital where you can receive treatment.”Pneumonic plague occurs when the airborne version of the bubonic plague enters someone’s lungs and causes rapidly developing pneumonia, which can result in respiratory failure or shock. The plague can be spread by being in close proximity to an infected individual.Deanna Stang is a public health nurse with the State Section of Public Health Nursing and the manager of the point of dispensing clinic (POD) for this exercise. She says, in this mock emergency, Nome’s ability to respond locally was put to the test.“Without outside help, between 72 to maybe 96 hours, it may be a long time where we’re not going to have outside help coming in,” Stang said. “So that’s a really good point to emphasize for this particular project: how many people locally can we get available to help us in the community of Nome? Because we can’t rely on outside public health nurses, or outside CDC officials, or section of epidemiology staff to come help us out and provide the staffing.”Stang says 19 staff and volunteers helped manage the local POD site, but in order to reach the state’s goal of serving 158 people per hour, Stang says 48 staff members would be needed in Nome.In this scenario, only about 80 Nome residents went through the POD process over a course of a few hours.Response time is crucial in an emergency plague situation like this. Stang says, during the exercise, it took an average of three minutes for each person to complete the process and receive medication.According to Stang, an unexpected challenge arose before the exercise in Nome even began. Some of the medications were not delivered via commercial airplane in time on Friday afternoon, due to flight delays, leaving the community with about 145 doses on hand.“So in this particular scenario, since we were weathered out for a day, we would make sure that folks who actually had plague (cases and contacts) were treated first before we opened it (the POD) up (to others),” Stang said.Charlie Lean was the Safety Liaison Officer for this pneumonic plague exercise, helping to coordinate roles between local entities and anticipate problems before they happened. Lean thought Nome did okay in its response.“Another part (of the challenge), especially when you don’t have adequate medication, is to separate and to slow the spread of the disease,” Lean said. “You may not be able to stop it, but if you can slow it, then you can deal with treatment, and it gives you more time to get the medication.”Lean said, as a group, the city’s emergency operations center (EOC) discussed contingency plans like having supply lines at the grocery store to prevent further spread of the plague.“So you don’t want to put everyone in the grocery store so they can all catch the disease. You want to maybe have an outdoor (option)… like the old-fashioned stores, where you went up to the counter and said, ‘here, this is my list,’ and they would fill the list and charge you,” Lean said. “This could all be done outside or someplace where the store wouldn’t be ruined and wouldn’t have to be decontaminated.”Lean knows better than most the devastation a widespread disease can cause in a small, rural community like Nome.“When I was a small boy, TB was rampant, and people were quarantined, and people were actually taken away, never to be seen again, to sanitariums,” Lean said. “And so in my earliest memories, there was some of this. My own father got TB and didn’t have to be taken away, but it was something he had to worry about the rest of his life.”Statistics say tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in Alaska until 1950. Although this is thought of as a more historic epidemic in Alaska, it does still remain in some form today, as the state has the second highest rates of TB in the nation.Regardless of whether it’s TB or another widespread disease, Stang says another epidemic is inevitable for Nome and the region.“It’s not a matter of if it’s going to happen, it’s a matter of when, for the next flu pandemic for us,” Stang said. “So, setting up this POD clinic is a great way for us to exercise who can show up, who is available, and are we able to quickly get community members through our open POD in a small amount of time.”Communities that participated in the statewide exercise, known as “Ragin’ Contagion,” included Anchorage, Bethel, Kotzebue, Nome and Shaktoolik.last_img read more

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Huge response to blood donation camp in Ramagundam

first_imgRamagundam: On National Doctors’ Day, blood donation camp was organised at NTPC-Ramagundam Hospital in collaboration with Blood Bank, Mancherial on Wednesday wherein 55 employees of NTPC and CISF donated their blood.The chief guest CGM (O&M) Mathew Varghese inaugurated the camp and appreciated the blood donors for their overwhelming response. The team from Blood Bank, Mancherial collected the blood. CMO Dr Sasmita Dash; CISF Commandant Gurjeet Singh; NTPC senior officials, Deepthi Mahila Samithi president Swati P Kulkarni, office bearers of different associations and unions, doctors from NTPC Hospital and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

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Telangana Cabinet meeting on July 17

first_imgHyderabad: The next meeting of Telangana Cabinet will be held on July 17. According to a circular issued by Chief Secretary Dr. S.K. Joshi, Cabinet meeting, to be chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, will be held at the Pragathi Bhavan on July 17 at 4 PM. The State Cabinet is likely to clear the new Municipal Act which will be introduced in the State Assembly session to be held on 18th and 19th July.last_img

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