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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, December 7, 2023

After major snowfall, Anchorage leaders envision a better plan for plowing. Plus, Juneau considers a limit on cruise passengers.
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Alaska campaign regulator declines to fast-track complaint against anti-ranked choice campaign

The Alaska Public Offices Commission voted unanimously to conduct a full investigation before hearing the case in February.

A sea otter pup found alone in Alaska has a new home at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

He is Pup EL2306 — proper name to be determined — a sea otter found alone and malnourished and taken to the Alaska Sealife Center.

Hope for Prince William Sound | Outdoor Explorer

The Prince William Sound Stewardship Foundation and Mission Blue have teamed up to designate PWS an Ocean Blue "Hope Spot."
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Mat-Su School Board selects replacement member

Anthony “Brooks” Pitcher told the school board he shares the values of the former school board member he was chosen to replace.

Lingít scholars document traditional hand gestures that could be used in language learning

Using old recordings, language experts are documenting birth speakers' hand gestures that have contextual meaning in Lingít.
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Kodiak dog tests positive for canine distemper

Kodiak Animal Shelter staff say the dog has been put down, with all other dogs put into quarantine and adoptions temporarily halted.

Key findings released in Kenya universal basic income experiment

Money given to villagers in Kenya has stronger benefits delivered as a lump sum, similar to Alaska PFDs, than it does as monthly payments.

In Bristol Bay and beyond, organizers push for change in tackling MMIP cases

Advocates say that until 2018, no one institution had put together a statewide list of cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous persons.
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Bethel police chief resigns after a year on duty

Leonard "Pete" Hicks' letter, effective Jan. 1, cited "internal and external interference and challenges" that hindered efforts to maintain discipline.
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Prince of Wales added to state disaster declaration for Wrangell landslide

Under the amendment, Prince of Wales Island residents affected by the Nov. 20 storm that hit Wrangell now qualify for state disaster relief.
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Anchorage police fire on suspect who then jumped from Midtown hotel window

Police say an officer fired on Ryan A. Hunt, who was wanted on a felony warrant, before he jumped from a second-story window Wednesday.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The White House unveils nearly 200 agreements with Indigenous Tribes. Plus, Alaska Airlines offers an alternative to "mileage runs."
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Wrangell search suspended for 12-year-old boy still missing in deadly landslide

Derek Heller was never found after the Nov. 20 slide that killed four other members of his family and 65-year-old Otto Florschutz.
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Committee dismisses ethics complaints against 2 Alaska lawmakers

Current and former Reps. David Eastman and Christopher Kurka were accused of allowing a visitor to improperly use state resources.
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Growing up in a highly-public world | Line One

On this Line One, host Prentiss Pemberton explores the way living in a highly publicized world can impact mental health and development.
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Anchorage Assembly overrides all Bronson budget vetoes

Some Assembly members took issue with Bronson’s stated rationale for the cuts. They debated the veto overrides for about a half-hour.
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Anchorage offers drivers free cords, timers amid call to plug cars in

Local officials say at 20 degrees or colder, drivers should plug in cars' engine heaters to reduce both carbon monoxide and wear on vehicles.
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Mat-Su School District sued over restraint and seclusion practices

Alaska's second-largest school district has been hit with a third lawsuit in as many weeks, this time for restraint and seclusion practices.
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A new SNAP backlog leaves 12,000 Alaskans waiting for food stamps

The backlog affects more than 10% of the state's roughly 92,000 SNAP recipients. State officials say they're pausing applicant interviews to catch up.
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Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot arrested in Horizon Air scare indicted on lesser charges

Joseph Emerson faces 84 counts of endangering the Horizon Air jet and those aboard, after jurors didn't indict him on attempted-murder charges.

Biden to sign order promoting tribal self-determination

The White House is hosting the 11th tribal summit this week. Interior Secretary Haaland says the administration has focused on co-management.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Sen. Sullivan heralds military promotions. Plus, staffing shortages and a federal requirement contribute to a food stamp backlog.
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400 military officers were just promoted. Sen. Sullivan says the confirmation blockade shouldn’t have lasted so long.

Sen. Tuberville has blocked every military confirmation vote since February to protest an abortion policy. He finally relented.
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Juneau leaders consider whether – and how – to limit cruise ship visitors

Tourism Manager Alexandra Pierce says the cruise industry may be willing to discuss ship-free days, ship size limits or a daily visitor cap.

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