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  • Aviation

    Kodiak runway extends 600 feet into ocean as safety measure

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 8:42

    If a jet needs a little extra space landing at the Kodiak airport, the runway has just been extended – 600 feet into the ocean. But don’t expect any watery landings. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports airports typically extend runways for safety reasons, but geography was a challenge in Kodiak because the airport runway has […]

  • US/World

    Prosecutors drop charges in Freddie Gray case

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 8:27

    Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction. Gray was a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van in April 2015. Prosecutors’ decision Wednesday comes after a judge had already acquitted three […]

  • Fairbanks

    North Pole woman sentenced to 4 years in prison for toddler death

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 8:05

    A North Pole woman convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of her toddler has been sentenced to four years in prison. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 26-year-old Amberlynn Swanson pleaded guilty in March in the death of 18-month-old Julian Swanson-Byrd. [ RELATED: North Pole woman charged with killing son reached plea deal ] […]

  • US/World

    Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. granted release

    by CBS/AP on Jul 27, 7:44

    A federal judge has granted John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, full-time release from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in treatment since the shooting. Judge Paul L. Friedman delivered the ruling Wednesday, granting Hinckley, now 61 years old, full time convalescent leave to begin no […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly approves first pot cultivation license, bans smoking, vaping in Town Square Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 26, 21:39

    The first pot cultivation facility within Anchorage got the go ahead from the Assembly Tuesday evening to begin production. Assembly members approved a measure giving Dream Green Farms in Mountain View their cultivation license. This was the first application for a facility like this within the municipality. Any business looking to sell marijuana will have to […]

  • Energy

    Japanese utility companies optimistic about investing in Alaska’s natural gas

    by Liz Raines on Jul 26, 20:55

    Gov. Bill Walker wants to lower the price tag on Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project, AKLNG. Currently at $45 to $65 billion, it’s one of the most expensive in the world. Now, a Japanese energy developer, Resources Energy, Inc. (REI), says its utility companies would be willing to chip in for cheaper gas. Alaska currently partners […]

  • Fisheries

    Will Fish and Game open Fish Creek to dip netting this weekend?

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 26, 20:30

    Dip netting is serious business for Alaskans looking to stock their freezers ahead of winter. With the season quickly winding down, many are wondering if Fish Creek in the Matanuska-Susitna will open to subsistence dip netting. It’s been closed so far, because the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says not enough salmon have passed […]

  • Money

    Business accelerator program aims to help small businesses flourish in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 26, 18:22

    After two years in business, Heather Kelly has seen the demand for more healthy options when it comes to backcountry camping food. That’s the concept behind her startup, Heather’s Choice: dehydrated meals made with Alaskan ingredients like smoked salmon. “We’ve steadily grown. Today we’re sitting at $31,000 through our website which is our best month […]

  • Alaska News

    Update: 46 people rescued from sinking fishing boat in Aleutian Islands

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 16:58

    The Latest on the rescue of 46 crew members who abandoned a fishing vessel in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Tuesday (all times local): 9 p.m. Officials say two Good Samaritan vessels have rescued 46 people who abandoned a fishing boat in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson says there were no reports […]

  • Crime

    Chickaloon man charged with assaulting rafters along river

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 14:29

    A man suspected of using a knife to confront a rafting party along the Chickaloon River has been charged with four counts of felony assault. Alaska State Troopers say 56-year-old Bruce Harrison of Chickaloon, claiming the group was trespassing, on Monday untied a raft carrying five juveniles and kicked it into fast water toward rapids. […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaska’s sports legends help the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame celebrate its 10th year

    by Daybreak Staff on Jul 26, 13:34

    The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 10-year-anniversary and a collection of the state’s greatest all-stars will be in attendance. From Super Bowl and Stanley Cup winners, to Olympic medalists, the public is invited for a chance to meet all of them Thursday and Friday. Tuesday, Alaska Sports Hall of Fame executive director […]

  • Crime

    Police: Teen seriously injured in early morning shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 26, 13:09

    A 17-year-old male was taken to an Anchorage hospital with serious injuries after he was shot in the chest in the Fairview neighborhood early Monday morning, according to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Anita Shell. Shell provided few details, but said at 4:48 a.m. the teen walked into a Holiday Gas Station, at the 4600 block […]

  • Alaska News

    Deficit-saddled Alaska gets another hit to its credit rating

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 12:20

    Alaska’s credit rating has taken another hit in the face of a multibillion-dollar budget deficit that state officials have yet to close. The downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service marked the second time this year that the agency has lowered the state’s credit rating. Two other ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    DOC will shut down Palmer Correctional Complex, move inmates

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 26, 11:31

    The Department of Corrections announced Tuesday morning plans to shut down the Palmer Correction Center, and move its staff and inmates. In a release from DOC, the department said the decision was made in an effort to reduce the agency’s budget. According to DOC, they plan to increase the staffing and safety at other facilities. The […]

  • Outdoors

    Area in Denali Park to reopen after bear sightings

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 8:42

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Denali National Park officials are planning to reopen an area of the park that had been closed because of a problem grizzly bear, which will be killed by park rangers once it is located. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/2a9A5z0) that park spokeswoman Katheen Kelly says the Mountain Vista and Savage […]

  • Alaska News

    A new way to measure quality of early child care programs in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 26, 8:12

    Choosing the right fit when it comes to early child care just got easier for parents in Alaska. The state now has a way to measure the quality of early child care and learning programs, called Learn and Grow. Child care centers and programs who sign up are evaluated on numerous standards, like health and safety, […]

  • US/World

    Russian ‘fingerprints’ left behind on DNC hack

    by CBS News on Jul 26, 8:04

    The U.S. believes that people working for the Russian government are behind the hack of internal emails at the Democratic National Committee, officials confirmed Tuesday to CBS News. A U.S. intelligence official told CBS News that the signature of the breach is Russian and the U.S. government has identified methods and techniques used by Russia in […]

  • Arctic

    Networking with Arctic neighbors: Alaska rejoins the Northern Forum

    by Liz Raines on Jul 26, 7:06

    Alaska is looking to its neighbors in the north for support on some of the challenging issues unique to the Arctic. On Monday, Gov. Bill Walker signed a declaration making Alaska a member of the Northern Forum, a nonprofit organization made up of regional governments from eight countries, which includes Russia. The symbolic union also […]

  • Education

    Juneau schools use data to ensure kids don’t get left behind

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 6:48

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Juneau School District is using a new approach to help struggling students meet the standards of the district’s core curriculum with a program that tracks students’ academic progress and identifies which ones need extra help. Director of Student Services Bridget Weiss tells KTOO-FM (http://bit.ly/2a84kX4) the program uses data to categorize […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Police chief, mayor announce new APD unit dedicated to catching drunk drivers

    by Eric Ruble on Jul 25, 19:31

    The Anchorage Police Department is cracking down on drunk drivers. A new unit committed to catching drunk drivers will soon be patrolling the streets of Anchorage during the evening hours. “In our city, if you drive impaired, you will get caught,” Anchorage police chief Chris Tolley said Monday, standing alongside Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. The unit […]