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Selawik man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend

Floyd Stoney, 23, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter of an unborn child in the killing of 18-year-old Kierra Foxglove.
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Anchorage Assembly delays vote on using portable buildings as emergency winter shelters

The delay comes after Assembly members were told that several portable classrooms from the Anchorage School District wouldn’t be usable as shelters this winter.
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Lack of data blunted Alaska’s COVID response, New York Times investigation shows

The New York Times reporter Sharon LaFraniere, who traveled to Alaska to cover data shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the state's problems weren’t unusual.
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Forest Service proposes young growth timber sale near Thorne Bay

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing the harvest of up to nine square miles of young growth timber on Prince of Wales Island.
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Removing debris from Juneau landslide could take days, city says

Tom Mattice, Juneau’s emergency programs manager, said one home was completely destroyed by the slide, and two more were damaged.
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Two more people die after a short time in Alaska Corrections custody

Lewey Matoomealook, 37, and Marcus Gillion, 48, are the 13th and 14th inmates to die in Alaska Department of Corrections custody this year.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

A landslide damages homes and causes power outages in Juneau. Steven Downs is sentenced for murdering Sophie Sergie nearly 30 years ago. And a Kenai forager's guide to berry picking this fall.

Author of measure to cut Ketchikan library funding over LGBTQ content says he doubts it will pass

Former Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly member John Harrington says he filed the initiative petition this summer on behalf of a group of parents that object to LGBTQ content at the Ketchikan Public Library.
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Ex-Alaska attorney general pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

The allegations date back to when Ed Sniffen was 27 and served as the coach of a then 17-year-old girl’s mock trial competition team at an Anchorage high school.
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An ancient discovery in Southeast Alaska could help pinpoint how and when the first humans got here

And scientists say it may support the theory that the Pacific coast was first settled by people traveling along the shoreline, living off the sea.
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Juneau landslide damages homes, displaces residents

A landslide in downtown Juneau Monday evening damaged homes and knocked out power to parts of Juneau and Douglas. No injuries have been reported.
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Man sentenced to 75 years in prison for 1993 murder and sexual assault of Sophie Sergie at UAF

The case baffled investigators for decades, and became notorious because of the circumstances: a young woman stabbed and shot while she was visiting friends at college in Fairbanks right before finals week in April 1993.
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Study links lack of running water to prevalence of ear infections among rural Alaska children

Data from screenings of more than 1,600 Bering Strait schoolchildren found that lack of running water corresponded to a 53% higher rate of middle-ear infections.
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Coast Guard spots Chinese and Russian military ships together in Bering Sea

The U.S. Coast Guard says a cutter crew identified seven Chinese and Russian naval vessels, including a Russian Federation Navy destroyer, about 75 miles north of Kiska Island.

Anchorage Assembly approves using the Sullivan Arena as a homeless shelter again

The return to using the arena as a shelter comes after more than a month of debate over how to house roughly 350 homeless people through the winter.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, September 26, 2022

State and federal officials visit Nome to plan storm recovery efforts. Also, Hooper Bay reckons with the storm's emotional toll and the village's future. And Delta Junction's upcoming city council election is the most competitive one in decades.

‘This did not happen overnight’: Anchorage schools superintendent says a variety of factors created $68M budget shortfall

The school board’s finance committee has spent the last several weeks mulling over possible budget cuts, which could include school closures and cuts to language immersion programs. 

Pilots union reaches tentative agreement with Alaska Airlines

The tentative agreement, which union members will vote to approve or reject in the coming weeks, increases pay, scheduling flexibility and parental leave.
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As recovery begins, Hooper Bay reckons with the emotional toll of the storm

“I’ve lived through storms before, but this was the worst,” said Loretta Smith, who lost her home in the storm. “The water came up so fast, and it was so high that the waves looked violent.”