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    Anchorage police see a spike is suicide related calls

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 05, 21:20

    Anchorage police say they are seeing an increase in calls for suicide and it’s possible the change in seasons is to blame. Victor Spence with Anchorage Community Mental Health said more sunlight and warmer weather can bring on a good mood, but for people considering suicide it could be the boost they need to go […]

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    Alaska House passes criminal justice overhaul

    by Liz Raines on May 05, 20:51

    Major changes could be coming to Alaska’s prison system. The Alaska House passed a nearly 200 page bill that includes shortened prison sentences, alternative methods of parol, and provisions to reduce the number of people currently held in pretrial facilities. The measure is the product of a report put forward by the Alaska Criminal Justice […]

  • Health

    Teen pregnancy rates drop nationwide, Alaska still above average

    by Eric Ruble on May 05, 20:39

    In the last 10 years, the birth rate among American teenagers has dropped nearly 40 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Alaska, the teenage birth rate dropped 35 percent in just six years, according to the Department of Health and Social Services. Nationwide, there are roughly 25 births per 1,000 teens, […]

  • Health

    FDA unveils new regulations on e-cigarettes

    by CBS News on May 05, 18:57

    Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released long-awaited rules that bring the burgeoning industry under federal oversight. […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Legislature passes bill limiting who can teach sex education

    by Associated Press on May 05, 17:27

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Legislature has passed an education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools. Passage came Thursday after the House revived the measure, rescinding a vote from a day earlier in which the bill had failed. This time, the measure narrowly passed. The bill, from Rep. Wes […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Who does the new ASD superintendent remind you of?

    by John Tracy on May 05, 17:13

    As Alaskans, we pride ourselves on shopping local, but let’s be honest — we don’t always do it. That¹s why I¹d like to congratulate the Anchorage School District for shopping local and hiring Dr. Deena Paramo as the next superintendent. I’ve met Paramo many times. Not enough time to develop an understanding of her professional […]

  • Crime

    Man charged with murder in 2015 East Anchorage slaying

    by KTVA 11 News on May 05, 16:39

    A 29-year-old Eagle River man has been charged in the East Anchorage slaying of a 19-year-old man last year Jarre Lee was indicted Wednesday on first-degree murder and third-degree weapons charges. According to a release from the District Attorney’s Office, he “intentionally” killed Preston Perdomo on Aug. 3, 2015. Perdomo was fatally shot multiple times […]

  • Alaska News

    Helicopter pilot injured in crash near Juneau’s Norris Glacier

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 05, 16:31

    Last updated at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 The pilot is identified as  Jiri Hanis, 39, and was attempting to land on the glacier at the time of the crash, according to an update by Alaska State Troopers. He was medevaced to Bartlett Regional Hospital to recieve treatment for his injuries. Original story An Era helicopter with a […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Walker attends first meeting of new tribal advisory council

    by Associated Press on May 05, 12:06

    Gov. Bill Walker has attended the first meeting of the new Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council, a panel of Alaska Native leaders established by his administration. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott also attended the Thursday morning meeting in Anchorage. Afterward, Walker introduced members of the 11-member council at a press conference. Participants say the panel has been […]

  • Weather News

    Garden Report: Hardening off pampered plants

    by Rachael Penton on May 05, 11:49

    Temperatures in Alaska are warming, and the days are growing longer. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to put your plants outside. After plants spend the winter months being “pampered” in greenhouses or inside homes, they need time to readjust to the elements. Hardening off plants is the process of getting them acclimated to outside […]

  • Alaska News

    Cruise ship passengers using Ketchikan homeless shelter to get free food, coffee

    by Associated Press on May 05, 9:25

    Tourists have been hanging out at a Ketchikan homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but an employee of the shelter says few of the cruise ship passengers make a donation. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the shelter operated by First City Homeless Services relies on donations and funding from the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House rules out survivor benefits for slain peace officers, governor ponders alternative

    by Liz Raines on May 04, 23:08

    House Speaker Mike Chenault ruled out an amendment to a criminal justice reform bill — Senate Bill 91 — that would have provided continued healthcare benefits for families of slain peace officers, killed in the line of duty. Amendment one was introduced by Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux Wednesday, the third day of discussion on the bill. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD: Missing West Anchorage girl found

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 04, 23:01

    Updated at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 5 Anchorage police released a statement early Thursday morning that 12-year-old Tia Lowdermilk has been located and is safe. Police were looking for her when she was reported missing after being last seen leaving her West Anchorage home Wednesday evening. The Anchorage Police Department’s original release said she left […]

  • Health

    Lose weight without diet or exercise? Try freezing fat cells away

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 04, 21:05

    Most of us have a part of our bodies we don’t love — maybe a pudgy place that diet and exercise can’t seem to ever reach. One Anchorage salon says they have the answer for that. It’s a procedure called CoolSculpting. Eileen Johnson, the practice manager at Solara Skin and Laser Center, said they’ve offered […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Combing qiviut keeps staff busy at Musk Ox Farm

    by Heather Hintze on May 04, 20:55

    Musk ox at the farm in Palmer had a little help shedding their winter weight to get ready for summer. Staff at the nonprofit spend this time of year combing out qiviut – the soft undercoat that keeps musk ox warm on the frigid tundra in the wild. “When they’re ready, it’s like putting a hot knife […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaska Republican Party reacts to Trump’s presumed nomination

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 04, 20:50

    With Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz out of the presidential race, the path to the Republican presidential nomination is clear for Donald Trump. But in Alaska, Republican voters are still divided on who should be the nominee. This past weekend, the Alaska Republican Party met in Fairbanks to address the candidates. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Meet Odie, APD’s new tech-sniffing police dog

    by Shannon Ballard on May 04, 19:17

    The Anchorage Police Department has a new investigative tool they think will make a big difference in finding evidence to convict people on charges like child pornography. That tool is Odin, a 2-year-old yellow lab who’s combating cyber crime with his nose. He is one of only 10 dogs in the world specially trained to sniff […]

  • US/World

    Biggest air bag recall in US history gets massively bigger

    by Kate Gibson / Money Watch on May 04, 18:38

    U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday more than doubled what was already the largest recall in U.S. history, adding an additional 35 million to 40 million Takata air bag inflators to the 28.8 million already in need of being replaced. These recall expansions are planned to take place in phases between May 2016 and December 2019, […]

  • Education

    McCauley among finalists for education commissioner

    by Associated Press on May 04, 17:51

    Interim state education commissioner Susan McCauley is among the finalists for the commissioner’s post. The other finalists, announced by the state board of education Wednesday, are Michael Johnson, Stewart McDonald and Robert Boyle. Johnson is superintendent of the Copper River School District. McDonald is superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Boyle is superintendent […]

  • Military

    New commander to take over at US Army Pacific

    by Associated Press on May 04, 16:22

    A new commander is taking over as the leader of Army soldiers in the Pacific. Gen. Robert Brown succeeds Gen. Vincent Brooks as the commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Brooks is becoming the new commander of U.S. Forces Korea. Brown will lead about 80,000 active duty soldiers around the Pacific including in Alaska, Hawaii and […]