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In Anchorage’s LaFrance-Bronson runoff election, the incumbent mayor is the underdog

Suzanne LaFrance outperformed Mayor Dave Bronson in campaign fundraising, the regular election results and a post-election poll.

Alaska House bill would require adult sites to verify users are 18 or older

Advocates say age verification would ensure minors aren't exposed to adult content. Opponents say it's not so simple.

Divided Alaska House calls for stay of homeschool decision until mid-2025

The two-page “sense of the House” approved by a 20-18 vote Wednesday supports a stay of the judge’s ruling through the end of June 2025.

Alaska an important Special Operations training ground, as Arctic sees interest from Russia and China

U.S. Special Operations forces like Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets were training in Kodiak and Fairbanks this past winter.
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Alaska Rep. Peltola stuns home region by defending Donlin gold mine, a project she used to oppose

Democrat Mary Peltola joined Alaska's U.S. senators on a legal brief defending the mine in a lawsuit brought by Kuskokwim tribes.

Alaska House committee nixes amendment raising age of consent from 16 to 18

The sponsor of the amendment, Rep. Andrew Gray, D-Anchorage, says he'll try again when the bill returns to the House floor.
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Soldotna solar installation set to go online this summer

The 600-panel array will be able to fully power the Whistle Hill business complex east of Soldotna when weather permits.
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Unalaska school district asks city for nearly $6M as it faces large deficit

The request is about $500,000 more than last year’s ask, and includes the maximum allowable contribution from the city’s general fund.
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Alaska Senate passes bill that ties hunting and fishing residency requirements to PFD eligibility

Wildlife troopers say the loose definition of residency under the current rules make it difficult to prosecute people who take advantage.
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Begich makes a pledge: He’ll drop out of Alaska’s U.S. House race if Dahlstrom bests him in primary.

Begich says if other GOP candidates do the same, it would allow conservative voters to unite behind one candidate. Another solution: Ranking.
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Alaska Senate considers plan that would allow teens to independently seek mental health care

An amendment from Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, would lower the age for obtaining behavioral health care to 16.
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Supreme Court appears to side with an Oregon city’s crackdown on homelessness

Justices heard an Oregon city's appeal of lower court rulings that it's "cruel and unusual" to fine or jail people on public land if no shelter is available.
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Relocation of eroding Alaska Native village seen as a test case

The Newtok-to-Mertarvik transformation is the most advanced of several village relocation efforts prompted by climate change.
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Alaska Senate proposes $7.5M aid package for struggling fish processors

The program would add to more than $100 million in salmon and Alaska pollock purchases — more than 1,500 truck loads — announced earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Renewable railbelt energy | Alaska Insight

This Alaska Insight, host Lori Townsend and her guests discuss how realistic a transition to renewable energy is, and how long it could take.
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Israel launches missile strikes into Iran, U.S. military official says

Iranian news has not reported any such strike. Israel's military has not responded to NPR's requests for comment.

Biden administration blocks Ambler Road, strengthens protections for NPR-A

Both Alaska senators, Republicans Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, expressed outrage even before the decisions were formally announced.

Dunleavy says correspondence school decision will have broad impacts. But will it?

A judge recently threw out two laws underpinning key aspects of Alaska's homeschool system. The impact of the decision is up for debate.
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Murkowski and Sullivan rail at federal moves to block Ambler Road and preserve parts of NPR-A

Two land-use decisions expected from the Biden administration this week have Alaska's U.S. senators fuming.
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Supporters of Anchorage-area cemeteries say they’re not giving up after $4M bond fails

The bond would've laid the foundations for cemeteries in Girdwood and Eagle River, two communities without public cemeteries.
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Alaska appeals judge’s decision upholding Kachemak Bay jet ski ban

The State of Alaska is appealing a November decision by Judge Adolf Zeman that reinstated a ban on jet skis in Kachemak Bay.
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Alaska Senate rolls out operating budget with roughly $1,300 PFD plus energy relief check

Sen. Bert Stedman said the state has been "blessed" the last couple of years by high oil prices — but warned high prices won't last forever.
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Senate kills articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

The Senate has rejected both articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, swiftly ending his trial.

Alaska Native Heritage Center ready to rouse ‘sleeping giant’ of cultural tourism

The Anchorage-based center is one of five Indigenous groups nationwide that will receive federal money to expand cultural tourism.
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Alaskan Independence Party focuses on Legislature seats after Fairbanks convention

The party, now chaired by John Wayne Howe, is seeking state House and Senate candidates after Howe's earlier runs for governor and Congress.

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