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Wasilla Rep. Eastman to stay on ballot, but post-election trial will decide his eligibility, judge says

The judge, Jack McKenna, ruled Thursday that Eastman is likely ineligible to hold office, but that Eastman's name can remain on ballots for the Nov. 8 election.
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Anchorage grand jury indicts Ed Sniffen, former acting attorney general, on child sex abuse charges from 1991

The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica interviewed a woman who said Sniffen had sex with her when she was 17 during a trip that Sniffen helped chaperone.
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Alaska can expect more big storms like September’s ex-typhoon, as ocean continues to warm

The storm that slammed into western Alaska over the weekend was the result of several factors all converging to make it so destructive, including an ocean warmed by climate change.
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Ex-Anchorage health director calls his lies about military, education and medical credentials ‘a ticking time bomb’

American Public Media investigative reporter Curtis Gilbert offers a follow-up look at former Anchorage health department director Joe Gerace's phony credentials.
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‘I’m here to represent all Alaskans’: A close-up look at Mary Peltola’s swearing-in

Alaska again has a voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, as of Tuesday afternoon, when Congresswoman Mary Peltola was sworn in on the House floor.

Alaska’s new eviction diversion program would resolve disputes before court and, maybe, keep people in their homes

The goal is to help reach an agreement both sides are satisfied with, and for people to avoid spending time and money going to court to plead their case in front of a judge.
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Alaska grammar nerds, rejoice! The Grammar Table is here.

Ellen Jovin is a language teacher, author of the book "Rebel With a Clause" and, literally, the woman behind the Grammar Table, where she sits awaiting grammar and general language questions from passersby.
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Alaska childhood vaccinations declined from 2013 to 2021, with sharp drop during COVID pandemic

State health data show that from 2013 to 2021, the number of children in Alaska who completed the childhood series of vaccinations decreased from about 60% to about 46%.
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Alaska plays host to High Times Cannabis Cup with unique, more ‘mom-and-pop’ industry

High Times Director of Events and Competitions Mark Kazinec says Alaska, as the second state to legalize recreational use of marijuana in 2015, is a great place for a competition.
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Palmer man convicted of murder in drug robberies won’t face death penalty after all

Prosecutors say John Pearl Smith II, 36, shot and killed Ben Gross and Crystal Denardi in a garage during another attempted robbery in 2016 in Wasilla, after which he burned the bodies and garage.
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Alaska faces unique housing challenges, as feds send millions of dollars to help, top HUD official says

Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman was in Alaska recently. Her trip was filled with meetings and tours in Anchorage, Wasilla and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta -- including the villages of Napakiak and Oscarville -- to learn about Alaska's housing challenges and to see the work the department has been funding already.
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Former Alaska state Rep. Westlake died after son ‘pummeled’ him, according to manslaughter charges

Tallon Westlake, 36, faces charges of manslaughter and evidence tampering in the death of his 62-year-old father, Dean, who was from Kiana and served in the Alaska House of Representatives from January to December 2017.
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Anchorage’s new schools superintendent confronts bus driver shortage and low enrollment as the academic year begins

Dr. Jharrett Bryantt begins his tenure with a shortage of bus drivers causing reduced bus service -- a crisis, as Bryantt calls it -- as well as other staffing issues and concerns about safety felt nationwide following one of the deadliest-ever school shootings in U.S. history, near the end of last school year in Uvalde, Texas.
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Alaska’s dry start to the summer has been anything but since July, after earlier-than-usual shift to rain

National Weather Service climate researcher Brian Brettschneider says a low-pressure system set up over the Bering Sea, causing moisture to flow from the Pacific Ocean into Alaska, starting in early July.

Peltola has the lead in Alaska’s U.S. House race. Will she keep it?

Alaska Public Media Washington D.C. correspondent Liz Ruskin provides some post-election analysis on Alaska News Nightly.

Alaska’s new primary election system showed who voters favored, but it only cut one legislative candidate

As Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks points out, the votes tallied Tuesday mostly amount to a state-sponsored poll with a nice, big sample size.
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Anchorage police say death of Buckland man found naked on beach was noncriminal, but family wants a closer look

Fred Lee was a heavy equipment operator, father of four and basketball coach from Buckland. Anchorage police say the 41-year-old's death in June was not criminal in nature, and the department has closed its investigation. But Lee's family disagrees, saying the suspicious circumstances warrant a closer look.
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How we reported our story on the fabricated resume of now former Anchorage health director Joe Gerace

A joint investigation between Alaska Public Media's Lex Treinen and American Public Media's Curtis Gilbert found that Joe Gerace misrepresented his military, medical and educational background to get a job leading Anchorage's health department.

In Palmer teen’s murder, one of four convicted killers gets 99 years behind bars

Erick Almandinger, now 22, was just 16 when David Grunwald went missing in November 2016. It wasn’t until more than two weeks after the killing that one of Almandinger’s accomplices led Alaska State Troopers to Grunwald’s body.