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 @aprn.Download Audio: Alaska Senators Vote to Reform Patriot ActLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to limit the NSA’s collection of bulk phone data. Both Alaska senators voted for the reforms, called the USA Freedom Act.No Budget Deal, No Ferry ServiceEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauAll state ferries will stop sailing by early July if the Legislature fails to reach a budget deal.Court Employees Assigned 2 Days Unpaid LeaveJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAbout 800 Alaska Court System employees will be forced to take two days of unpaid leave around the holidays – a result of state budget cuts.The Blob expands from Gulf of Alaska to Baja CaliforniaMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauScientists are watching for how a warmer North Pacific Ocean could affect weather and climate this year. There could also be significant impacts to marine life, including species that form the basis for Alaska’s commercial fisheries.Seniors Find Few Options Beyond MedicaidQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerThe state is being criticized for finding hundreds of seniors ineligible for a Medicaid waiver program that pays the cost of their housing and nursing care.Juneau to Be The Third City in Alaska to Shelter High-Risk HomelessElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauJuneau will become the third city in Alaska to offer permanent supportive housing to the high-risk, chronically homeless. Those are the people who have been on the streets the longest, and may suffer from addiction or mental health issues.Fort Yukon Goes SolarDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFt. Yukon recently began operating a solar electric project. The system is testing integration of the energy source into the power grid of an isolated northern community.Strings on the Bus: Anchorage Has A ConfluxZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageOver the weekend Anchorage experienced an “urban conflux.” If you’re not familiar with the term, don’t worry: it’s made up. A group of community members worked with cultural institutions and the bus system to engineer a unique project: throw a surprise party for the city.