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‘This is not a gay virus’: Health officials address misconceptions about monkeypox

Outreach about vaccines is currently targeted to gay and bisexual men and transgender people, but monkeypox can spread during any prolonged skin-to-skin contact.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, August 12, 2022

Three people died and two were injured in a fire at a Bethel housing complex. Conservative gubernatorial candidates go after Gov. Mike Dunleavy's record. And health officials address misconceptions about monkeypox.

Anchorage School District will start school year without mask mandate

If a COVID outbreak occurs within a class, sports team or set of classrooms, district leaders could add additional mitigation measures. Those could include a mask requirement, limited visitor access or a temporary classroom closure.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Anchorage Assembly wants to know how the city's former health director was hired with a fraudulent resume. Republican candidates in the special election are competing for the same pool of voters. Dipnetting brings crowds and their trash to Kenai Peninsula beaches, and volunteers are cleaning up.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson launches an investigation into the hiring of the former health director. Also, a new report looks at possible causes of the 2020 plane crash that killed a Soldotna representative and six others. And Denali National Park gets some mid-summer snowfall.
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Anchorage students will go weeks without bus service amid driver shortage

The Anchorage School District only has enough drivers to serve 7,000 students out of the 20,000 that use the bus.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

An investigation shows Anchorage's former health director lied about his education and military experience. Also, federal officials hope to expand broadband access throughout the state. And a rural school district is making it easier for local people to become teachers.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 8, 2022

Cruise passengers say Holland America is sending them home on state ferries if they get COVID. Also, inflation and low salmon runs are leaving Yukon River families hungry. And Anchorage schools compete with fast food restaurants as they struggle to hire cafeteria workers.
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Anchorage school meal program faces worker shortage, loss of pandemic funding

District leaders say they’re competing with restaurants and grocery stores for a small pool of food service workers.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, August 5, 2022

Advocates demand that Anchorage police officers carry the opioid overdose reversing medication Narcan. Indigenous leaders respond after parents sue over a school's use of tribal values. And tourists find a time capsule from 2006 near Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, August 4, 2022

Economists say Anchorage has plenty of open jobs, but not enough workers to fill them. A Ketchikan couple sues over a school's use of traditional tribal values. And biologists have a shocking new way to catch an invasive species of crayfish.

Anchorage School District could suspend bus routes due to driver shortage

Superintendent Jharrett Bryantt says the district is currently 75 bus drivers short.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Homeless advocates worry as outdoor deaths increase in Anchorage. Community leaders in Southeast say the lack of affordable housing is contributing to a labor shortage. And a 17-year-old stops in Unalaska during his quest to become youngest person to fly solo around the world.

University of Alaska Foundation creates fund for Ukrainian students

The Ukrainian Student Support fund will help students who've resettled in Alaska pay for tuition, textbooks and other expenses at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Sen. Dan Sullivan says he supports Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. Ukrainian refugees find a new home in a former state ferry. And the death of the Alaska Zoo's lone wolf signals the end of her pack's reign.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 1, 2022

Federal funding is set to boost Internet access in rural Alaska. Without the state's Ocean Rangers program, Glacier Bay National Park turns to independent inspectors. And the Anchorage Assembly now has a process to remove a mayor for a breach of public trust.

New K-12 charter school will serve growing Alaska Native population in Mat-Su Borough

The Knik Cultural Charter School will offer in-person learning, a homeschool program and a blended option. The Knik Tribe has spent the last three years planning the school with the help of a federal grant.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 29, 2022

Health officials announce Alaska's first case of monkeypox. Ranchers near Delta Junction look for answers after one of their cows was found killed. And as countries around the world look for alternatives to Russian oil, could Alaska could be a source of liquefied natural gas?
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, July 28, 2022

School districts struggle to hire teachers ahead of the new school year. Also, a new contract for Alaska Airlines workers could make them the highest paid employees in their part of the industry. And for the first time, European green crabs have been found alive in Alaska.
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Salvation Army moves families at Centennial Campground to Anchorage shelters

The Salvation Army took over efforts to connect campers to housing and other services last week and prioritized moving families into more permanent shelter. The youngest child at the camp last week was two days old.