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  • 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 the war against child porn. That tool is Odin, a two-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 out chemicals found in electronic […]

  • 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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Grass fire north of Meadow Lakes neighborhood 90 percent contained, officials say

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 04, 16:07

    Last updated at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 A grass fire near Wasilla was 90 percent contained by 9 p.m., according to fire officials at the scene. The fire was initially estimated to be roughly 15 acres in size Wednesday evening, but officials were later able to get a more accurate measurement, which showed […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Effort to revive stalled bill with sex ed provisions falters

    by Associated Press on May 04, 14:39

    An effort to revive a stalled education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools has faltered in the Alaska House. Wednesday marked the third time that the House has rejected a Senate rewrite of Rep. Wes Keller’s bill dealing with parental involvement in education and student testing. The Senate version calls […]

  • Workforce Wednesday

    Workforce Wednesday: Career exploration and workplace maturity

    by Daybreak Staff on May 04, 13:51

    From critical thinking and communication, to teamwork and time management, Excel Alaska helps students in rural, western Alaska learn critical “employability” skills. There, they’ll teach teens how to drive, budgeting, navigating public transportation, enabling independence and the ability to get to and from work. Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium said the program […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska legislature passes bill for excess power program earnings

    by Associated Press on May 04, 12:09

    The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill that would divvy up any excess earnings from a fund set up to help rural areas faced with high electricity costs. The legislation would allow for 70 percent of excess earnings from the Power Cost Equalization endowment fund to be put to other uses. Of that percentage, any […]

  • Alaska News

    NTSB: Plane hit bald eagle before crashing in Chugiak, killing 4

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 04, 11:02

    New information has been released regarding the fatal April 20 plane crash that killed four people near the Birchwood airport in Chugiak. The plane apparently hit a young bald eagle before it crashed, according to new findings announced Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. An investigation into the incident, which is still ongoing, revealed […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Rolling Stones ask Trump to stop playing their music at campaign events

    by Associated Press on May 04, 10:41

    The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events. In a statement Wednesday, the rock band said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and “have requested that they cease all use immediately.” A Trump campaign spokeswoman didn’t […]

  • U.S. Politics

    AP Sources: Kasich ends White House bid; clears Trump’s path

    by Associated Press on May 04, 8:39

    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kasich plans to end his bid for the White House, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee for president. Three campaign officials who spoke to The Associated Press said the Ohio governor plans to announce his decision in a statement from his home state later Wednesday. The officials spoke anonymously because […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House and Senate committee agrees to stricter sex ed provisions

    by Liz Raines on May 04, 8:22

    Part of a measure to restrict Planned Parenthood from teaching sex education in schools passed a joint House and Senate conference committee on Tuesday. House Bill 156 would require anyone instructing the topic and the proposed curriculum itself first be approved by a local school board. The proposal would give communities greater sway in allowing […]

  • Crime

    Mask artwork stolen from Juneau arts center

    by Associated Press on May 04, 8:09

    Authorities are investigating after a piece of artwork was reported stolen from the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The Juneau Empire reports that center officials had called police Monday after finding that an alder mask of a mountain goat was missing. The piece by Juneau artist Sheila Dyer had been part of a monthly exhibit from […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Unions turn to airwaves to push benefits for families of fallen peace officers

    by Liz Raines on May 04, 7:30

    Lawmakers have spent the past two days working through controversial criminal justice reform, outlined in Senate Bill 91. Public safety unions hope legislators will spend some of that time to approve a proposal that’s been in the Legislature for four years: providing medical benefits to families of peace officers killed in the line of duty. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    With help from Alaskans, traveler gets visa to finish ‘Hasta Alaska’ adventure

    by Daniella Rivera on May 04, 7:12

    The man who calls himself Ben Jamin, has spent the last seven years traveling the world. But perhaps his biggest adventure yet started when he bought an old Volkswagen Kombi bus in Chile, with the intention of driving it all the way north to Prudhoe Bay and documenting it for the world with videos posted to […]