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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 2, 2022

The Alaska Native community reacts to Mary Peltola's special election win. Also, Alaskans will soon have access to new COVID boosters that target the original strain and omicron variants. And a roving grammarian and her Grammar Table visit Anchorage.
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Updated COVID boosters will be available to Alaskans next week

New boosters recommended by the CDC target both the original coronavirus strain and the omicron variants.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 1, 2022

What Mary Peltola's special election win could mean for the November race. Also, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson shares plans for a winter homeless shelter. And during a nationwide shortage, school bus drivers are more important than ever.
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What will it take to solve the Anchorage school bus driver shortage? A morning ride along offers clues.

School districts around the state are trying to figure out what it takes to attract more drivers amid a nationwide shortage.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Democrat Mary Peltola has won the special election for Alaska's U.S. House seat. Also, police say a Ketchikan man picked up a half million dollars worth of illegal drugs. And after a multi-year lawsuit, cruise lines sign an agreement with the city of Juneau.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, August 30, 2022

U.S. House candidate Mary Peltola goes home to Bethel as she waits for tomorrow's election results. Also, Juneau police collect DNA samples from people with certain past convictions. And childhood vaccinations for things like polio and measles are on the decline in Alaska.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 29, 2022

A former top-level employee at Juneau’s hospital faces felony theft charges. Also, a Ketchikan City Council candidate pleads guilty to violating an 18-year-old's restraining order. And a village's laundromat and source of treated water is sinking into the tundra.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, August 26, 2022

Anchorage police shoot an armed man who tried to cover himself with a child. Also, Kuskokwim River residents ask state managers to reopen the river to fishermen. And a battle of the buds gets underway within Alaska's unique cannabis industry.
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Active duty airmen will soon drive school buses on JBER to help with driver shortage

The Anchorage School District has launched a third-party audit of its transportation operations to avoid similar shortages in the future.
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Mat-Su students go one day a week without bus service as hiring struggle continues

The school district covers an area larger than the state of West Virginia, adding additional challenges to the bus driver shortage.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, August 25, 2022

Anchorage's assembly and mayor remain at odds over a winter homeless shelter. Also, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District deals with its bus driver shortage. And a volunteer DJ spins Gospel music every Sunday in Kotzebue.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The risk of a major rock slide is causing cruise ships to skip Skagway. Also, biologists plan to study how kelp farms could boost the economy and impact fish. And two rescued harbor seal pups get ready to go back into the ocean.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

More than a year after voters approved them, Anchorage police still don't have body cameras. Also, Gov. Mike Dunleavy says Alaska is the best place to mine for critical minerals. And the end of a federal free lunch program is leaving some parents confused.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 22, 2022

The last remaining private company with a lease to drill in ANWR has pulled out. Also, local opposition builds against Donlin Gold's proposed mine. And the unusual bet that motivated a Bristol Bay high school student to graduate.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, August 19, 2022

As homeless campers in Anchorage try to stay out of the rain, advocates say the city needs to plan for winter. Also, scientists say tundra fires in Alaska could become more frequent. And a new app helps people in Sitka track landslide warnings.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, August 18, 2022

Alaska State Troopers arrest a man connected to an AMBER alert sent last night. Also, firefighters tackle late-season wildfires in the Interior. And it's the first day of school on a military base in Anchorage.

‘You’re part of our family’: Anchorage students from a now-closed JBER school get warm welcome into new classrooms

Teachers and students started the year at new schools on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this fall after their school, Ursa Major Elementary, was closed over earthquake concerns.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Alaskans went to the polls yesterday, and early results are in. Environmentalists say king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska hurts killer whales in Puget Sound, but fishermen disagree. And a small village in Bristol Bay gets statewide recognition for its library.

Anchorage School District to prioritize low-income students, longest routes as new drivers start working

One of those communities will likely be Dimond Estates, a mobile home park on the east side of Anchorage. Parents and teachers told the board that some of the 330 students who live there attend schools 8 miles away.