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 @aprnDownload AudioFour bills aimed at cutting state costs raise local concernsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenators introduced four new bills Monday that would require local governments and schools to pay more for pensions, end two college scholarship programs, and cut the amount that municipalities receive in state funding. Municipalities and schools are concerned about the effect on taxes and services.‘Huge anomaly’: warm winter limits sea-ice formation, experts sayTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksScientists say warm winter weather around the circumpolar north has led to another record-setting year of decreasing sea-ice coverage of the Arctic Ocean. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the extent of sea ice formed over this past winter was even smaller than the previous record-low extent set last year.Murkowski holds hearings to discuss public lands handlingRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is in Alaska holding field hearings as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Monday she invited leaders from the state’s energy, mining and labor sectors to offer their perspectives on how the federal government is doing its job managing public lands.‘Gateways for Growth’: New plan to make Municipality more inclusiveAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Municipality of Anchorage is launching a new initiative to make the community and the economy more inclusive. The city received a grant to participate in the Gateways for Growth Challenge.Severed cable in Kansas hampers test grading in SitkaRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaAlaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback Tuesday when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 10:30 this morning Alaska time.Ketchikan responders train for terrorismLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanAbout 33 law enforcement officers and first responders from 10 different federal, state and local agencies in Ketchikan recently came together for a two-day anti-terrorism training event. They learned how to be more aware of potential terrorism plots and, just as important, built inter-agency relationships.Russian and American officials sign wildlife management agreementEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeCooperation across the Bering Strait was strengthened last week when the US and Russia signed a joint wildlife agreement. Officials from the two Arctic nations met in San Diego to discuss polar bear and snow goose monitoring efforts in Alaska and Chukotka.Peninsula ‘Food Hubs’ set to launch in MayDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerFarmer’s markets are going virtual. Soon Kenai Peninsula residents will be able to buy locally grown food online. The new marketplaces are called ‘Food Hubs’.
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Yesterday Major Nelson spent 7 minutes breaking down why the Xbox One controller is going to be awesome. And now we’ve had it confirmed that PC gamers should get excited about the controller too, although not immediately.Microsoft has stated that it fully intends to support use of the Xbox One controller on PC, but that we shouldn’t expect compatibility to appear this year. The reason for the delay is one of architectures.Microsoft needs to make the Xbox One pad work seamlessly with any and all PC games that currently function using the Xbox 360 pad. However, the architecture of the two controllers is very different, as is the wireless protocol, which means the software required to support the Xbox One pad is more complex and therefore is going to take a while to finish.That delay also has to be in part because PC support is a secondary issue, and Microsoft is fully focused on getting the Xbox One to market and selling units. After that initial launch period is over, the dev support team will have more time to focus on PC support and making those intriguing impulse triggers available for use in games that run on Windows.Of course, it’s a different story for the Kinect sensor. Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One version isn’t compatible with anything other than the console. That means the second generation Kinect will be a completely separate product for PC, and one that is expected to cost $399, which is almost as much as the Xbox One with Kinect bundle costs.