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Two men counting voter ballots

Watch our special election coverage on Alaska News Nightly

The hour-long special aired at 6 p.m. Wednesday following the first full run of Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system.
kids sitting on the bus

Anchorage School District to have full bus service next month

The district, which has had rotating bus service for months due to an ongoing bus driver shortage, will combine routes and fit more students on each bus in December.

2 Anchorage students arrested after police find loaded gun

It’s the second time in the last two weeks that a student has brought a gun to school in Anchorage.
a Bethel Winter House sign

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Bethel's emergency shelter could close early this winter without more funding. Also, more and more Alaskans are voting to fire judges. And a battle over LGBTQ-themed books in the Homer library.

4 black bears euthanized after frequent visits to East Anchorage homes

Fish and Game biologist Dave Battle said the department got daily calls this summer about the sow and three cubs getting into trash and birdseed.
People gather around a truck full of cardboard boxes.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, November 21, 2022

Candidates in close races wait for Wednesday's ranked choice results. Also, Bering Sea crabbers hope to get federal relief funds. And a beloved holiday star will soon light up in Anchorage.
a portrait of a woman in a sweater

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, November 18, 2022

Alaska's first openly LGBTQ lawmakers prepare to head to Juneau. Also, plans for a power and Internet cable to Metlakatla get a boost of federal funding. And PBS' "Molly of Denali" gets two Emmy nominations.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, November 17, 2022

A new podcast explores the right to abortion in Alaska. Also, federal grants will fund improvements to wastewater systems in Interior Alaska. And Sitka's youngest actors become gnomes and fairies in a new play.
An ATV drives on a dirt road

USDA grants $3.6M to improve wastewater systems and landfills in Interior Alaska

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting $3.6 million to Interior Alaska villages to help improve water systems and landfills.

Alaska health officials urge flu vaccines as case counts rise among children

Flu-related hospitalizations among children are currently at levels not usually seen until late December and early January.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Anchorage Police Department plans to carry the overdose-reversing Narcan. Also, state health officials are bracing for an early wave of flu cases. And Anchorage School District leaders suggest a push for state education funding.

Anchorage School District proposes moving all sixth grade students to middle schools

Administrators say it would help the district use middle school buildings more efficiently.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

A Fairbanks company wants to build the two largest windfarms in Alaska. Also, a totem pole returns to the Haida village of Kasaan after more than 100 years. And a trip into a Petersburg artist's studio ahead of her upcoming solo show.
Unalaska's runway taken from the mountain above, with water on either side

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, November 14, 2022

Alaska State Troopers say they've seized a record amount of illegal drugs this year. Also, Unalaska residents continue to wait for a cleanup of contaminated lands. And Alaska Native veterans visit a new memorial in Washington, D.C.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, November 11, 2022

Congressional candidates Kelly Tshibaka and Sarah Palin cast doubt on Alaska's election. Also, Fairbanks launches a new court for veterans. And how a combat vet turned to writing to help his PTSD.
A teacher in a gray sweater leans over to assist a student wearing a black shirt in an elementary school classroom.

Anchorage school communities grapple with potential closures

Birchwood ABC is one of Anchorage School District's top performing schools, but it's also one of six schools the district may close due to a budget deficit.

Most Alaska students are not proficient in reading and math, state test scores show

Seventy percent of third through ninth graders were not proficient in English, while 77% were not proficient in math.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, November 10, 2022

Alaska lawmakers start thinking about who will be in the majority in each chamber. Also, a jury finds Alaska ski legend Dean Cummings not guilty of murder. And parents push back against potential school closures in Anchorage.