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State health officials recommend COVID boosters, flu shots this fall

The new bivalent booster – which increases protection against both the omicron variant and the original coronavirus – has been available for nearly two weeks.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Norton Sound communities take stock of their losses in the wake of the weekend storm. Also, damage to sea walls and protective berms has some village residents worried. And why some Alaskans say now is the time for a constitutional convention.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Officials in Nome take stock of the storm damage outside city limits. Also, researchers monitoring a landslide in Prince William Sound say the slope is moving faster. And how a constitutional convention could affect abortion rights in Alaska.
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State health department expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility

Anyone who believes they are at increased risk for infection is now eligible, the Alaska Department of Health announced Monday.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy at a podium.

Dunleavy to seek federal disaster declaration for Western Alaska storm

Alaska National Guard Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe says the state will ask for public and private assistance, covering both infrastructure and individual homes.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, September 19, 2022

The changing climate conditions behind the weekend's historic storm. In many communities, local schools serve as evacuation centers. And Alaska's Republican party could oust a local leader for supporting Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Huffman Elementary School

Two Alaska elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022

Huffman Elementary School in Anchorage and Delta Junction Elementary School are among 297 schools nationwide that received the prestigious title.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 16, 2022

Republican candidates for the U.S. House seat visit Southeast Alaska. Also, Skagway gets help from the state after rockslides closed its busiest cruise ship dock. And two Alaska elementary schools receive national recognition.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 15, 2022

A major storm heading toward Western Alaska could bring flooding and high winds. Also, U.S. Senate candidates share how they would support Southeast Alaska. And new rules in Sitka target short-term rentals by out-of-state homeowners.
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New Mountain View Elementary principal aims to boost reading scores, community engagement

Mountain View Elementary has a new leader this year: a principal who transferred from one of the district’s highest performing schools.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The House Natural Resources Committee welcomes Rep. Mary Peltola. Also, the investigations of Anchorage's former health director and his own comments about the lies he told. Community theater returns to Wrangell with a production of "The Sound of Music."
A man speaks at a podium, with a crowd -- mostly wearing face masks -- behind him.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Mary Peltola is sworn in as Alaska's Congresswoman. Also, a plan to truck ore in Interior Alaska draws a mixed response from locals. And a new podcast brings the Lingít language to a national audience.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, September 12, 2022

Mary Peltola prepares to be sworn in as Alaska's sole member of the U.S. House. Also, the Kenai Peninsula Borough confirms harassment allegations against outgoing Mayor Charlie Pierce. And how an Anchorage woman is raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
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Anchorage School District warns of traffic delays as bus service rotates to next group of students

Anchorage residents can expect traffic delays near Bartlett High School, Begich Middle School, Bettye Davis East High School, and Wendler Middle School.
A 32=foot gilnetter sails in blue waters next to green spruce-covered mountains.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 9, 2022

After more than a week, the search continues for a missing group of moose hunters near Bethel. Also, a court ruling allows Metlakatla tribal members to fish outside reservation boundaries. And master carvers and their apprentices create Juneau's Totem Pole Trail.
a man behind a sled

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Eligible Alaskans are getting over $3,200 in PFD payouts this year. Also, fuel tank inspections in Bethel become more and more important. And the dog mushing world mourns the loss of Lance Mackey.
A sign says Anchorage School District.

Anchorage School District braces for tough decisions on budget cuts

The district faces a budget deficit of at least $68 million next year as federal pandemic funding runs out. On Friday, the first of several surveys will ask the community which programs the district should prioritize.
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Mat-Su school board bans transgender students from bathrooms that match gender identity

At a meeting Wednesday night, the school board voted 5-1 to suspend a policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 7, 2022

How gubernatorial candidates Les Gara and Bill Walker are setting themselves apart. Also, a Fairbanks man accused of murder fled to Canada before his arrest. And a push for more accessible transportation options in Anchorage.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Both Republicans running for Alaska's lone congressional seat show no intentions of dropping out. Also, a shortage of available rentals in Sitka has locals stressed. And two harbor seals rescued on a Kasilof beach this summer return to the sea.