Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Murkowski and Sullivan split over how to evaluate federal judge applicants

Sullivan says he’s formed a new council of advisors. Murkowski is sticking by tradition.
bears in a delivery truck

Alaska bears go viral after raiding doughnut van: ‘I’m still getting phone calls,’ store manager says

Shelly Deano says bears are common near the store she manages. But after a pair raided a doughnut delivery van, reporters worldwide are calling.

Alaska marijuana industry says baked-in taxes are too high

Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks says industry representatives are seeking lower taxes and a shift from taxing cultivation to retail sales.
An out-of-focus kayaker paddles on calm water

Sure, Anchorage’s summer was rainy, but the state as a whole stayed warm

The average temperature in Anchorage was pretty close to normal, and other parts of the state had one of their warmest summers.
A woman in a pink jacket holds a plastic bag in front of produce shelves at a grocery store.

Alaska’s two biggest grocery chains to sell stores as part of merger. This business professor explains why.

Jarrad Harford, a professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, has been following the proposed merger since it was first announced.

Alaska ACLU sues state Department of Corrections over suicide deaths in jail

According to the ACLU, 18 people died in DOC custody last year, the most ever in a single year.
A row of brown and white cows looking straight at the camera on a background of green grass.

This remote Alaska island is home to hundreds of feral cattle. But should it be?

Some have wondered whether Chirikof Island, trampled by hooves, should instead be returned to seabirds that could desperately use more habitat.
A man wearing a hood and sunglasses, seen in a still from surveillance video

Anchorage man charged with robbing same credit union branch twice in 2 months

According to the charges, Etuale Ioane’s mother contacted police with a tip that the robber was her son, after seeing his photo in local news media reports.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Supporters of a bill to ban "forever chemicals" in firefighting foam decry the governor's veto. Also, how an advocate for LGBTQ youth found their way to helping others. And an Inupiaq elder shares her talent for filleting salmon at the state fair.
A man in a neon green sweat shirt unloads a giant pumpkin from a pallet

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, August 29, 2023

While the search is on for a missing plane in Southeast, the NTSB releases a report on a different plane crash earlier this month. Also, federal officials say they remain focused on fentanyl trafficking to Alaska. And visitors to the Alaska State Fair are immensely pumped… for immense pumpkins.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 28, 2023

President Joe Biden plans a visit to Anchorage on Sept. 11. Also, scientists rediscover signs of dinosaurs that once roamed right where Alaskans live and fish today. And residents of Quinhagak take pride in -- and care of -- artifacts recovered nearby, one piece at a time.
Power transmission lines on poles in the foreground, with mountains in the distance.

Anchorage will likely see higher bills with LNG imports, but some say renewables could delay that

The Northern Journal's Nat Herz reports that renewable energy advocates say conservation, along with more power generated from solar and wind projects, could delay a shift to LNG by up to five years.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska state payroll jobs go unfilled, causing problems for other workers

Almost half of state payroll processing jobs are unfilled, causing some employees' paychecks to be delayed or even short of what they should've been paid.
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Alaskan looking for aunt on Maui after wildfires connects via sticky note

Seward resident Judy Odhner asked someone in Maui to post a note on a board outside an evacuation center, looking for her Aunt Annie.
An overhead digital view of part of Anchorage, with red color-coding to show the maximum extent of a potential tsumami.

Most of Anchorage safe from tsunami, but new report notes threat from worst-case scenario

The risk of a tsunami hitting Anchorage – Alaska’s largest city, at the head of Cook Inlet – has been the subject of debate for years.
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Alaska’s student absenteeism problem got worse after school pandemic closures, following national trend

Alaska students were absent at a higher rate than in any other state during the 2021-2022 school year, according to an Associated Press analysis.
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Alaska’s Swickard car dealerships tricked buyers in ‘bait-and-switch’ scheme, state lawsuit says

The car dealerships advertised vehicles for sale that they did not actually have and, in some cases, did not honor the advertised price, says the lawsuit.
the Willow project

U.N. rapporteurs and Patagonia take Willow opposition to new level

U.N. Human Rights Commission appointees want to file a brief in lawsuit over Arctic drilling project.
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Anchorage man charged with soliciting minor for sex

The FBI is looking for any other potential victims Benjamin Roundy might’ve had.
A view of a grassy hill above a green coastline and ocean.

Northern Alaska follows global trend with warmest July on record

National Weather Service climate researcher Brian Brettschneider says about a quarter of Alaska had its warmest July on record.