Lisa Phu, Alaska Beacon
In Alaska U.S. Senate primary, a race to finish fourth
After Murkowski, Tshibaka and Chesbro, 16 candidates vie for last spot on general election ballot.
Cost estimates for constitutional convention in Alaska range widely
Issues include the length of the session and the amount of support delegates will need.
Weeks from restarting, schools across Alaska are struggling to find teachers
The national teacher shortage, which pre-dates the pandemic, is uniquely felt in Alaska, which has historically relied on recruiting teachers from the Lower 48.
Seeking efficiency, Alaska breaks its health agency into two new departments
The Department of Health and Social Services has been split into separate organizations.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta wildfires, part of a new pattern, push Alaska to early season milestone
This year’s fires are the product of a combination of long-term climate change and short-term ignition forces.
Mat-Su schools’ ban on transgender girl athletes raises concern for ACLU, may violate federal law
Attempting to ban transgender girls from playing on girls’ teams constitutes illegal discrimination under the federal law known as Title IX, according to the ACLU of Alaska.
Large portion of unexpected Alaska deaths in 2020 and 2021 directly tied to COVID-19
Pandemic increased premature deaths among non-elderly adults, report says.
Alaska Department of Corrections wants prisoners to have tablets to aid reentry
Alaska Legislature failed to pass bill at session’s close.
Alaska attorney general recused himself from legal review of using public funds for private education
Treg Taylor’s wife, Jodi Taylor, is a major proponent of the concept and wrote in mid-May about her plan to seek up to $8,000 in reimbursement from public funding.
Can public funds be used for private school classes? Education department isn’t sure
‘Any effort to divert public funds to private schools is a blatantly unconstitutional act’ says opponent to the practice.
Legislature modernizes 40-year-old definition of consent in sexual assault cases
"Alaska took a gargantuan step forward in updating our laws," says deputy attorney general.
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