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    FCC approves measures intended to combat prison cellphones

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 8:15

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Federal officials have taken a step toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates. The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted Thursday to approve rules to streamline the process for using technology to detect and block contraband phones in prisons and jails […]

  • Health

    Sperm problems? Smartphone device could screen for infertility

    by Shanika Gunaratna / CBS News on Mar 22, 22:35

    What would happen if screening for male infertility was just about as easy as taking a pregnancy test in your home bathroom? That’s the question researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital tried to answer when they went about developing a smartphone-based test that men could use to test their semen in […]

  • Alaska Politics

    What your vote means for Proposition 8

    by Daniella Rivera on Mar 22, 22:34

    In an effort to make taxicab service better and faster, the Anchorage Assembly voted in December to make changes to Title XI in municipal code. The changes will put an additional 166 cabs on the streets over the next five years, but the cab industry says it’ll do more harm than good. So they’re asking voters […]

  • US/World

    North Korea missile launch attempt fails, U.S., South Korea say

    by CBS/AP on Mar 22, 21:18

    North Korea’s latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. The reported launch failure comes as the North is angrily reacting to ongoing annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion […]

  • Education

    New languages considered for ASD immersion program as lottery deadline looms

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 21:15

    Parents in the Anchorage School District have shown enough interest in immersion programs that the district is considering adding other languages. “The three languages that continue to come up are Korean, Arabic and French,” explained the program’s director, Brandon Locke. He said one thing working in the district’s favor is the “cost.” “People think this […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Borough Assembly takes 2 parks off trapping ban list

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 20:33

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly voted Tuesday night to change an ordinance on trapping in the borough that was passed recently. The Assembly had approved a measure to ban trapping near school grounds and trails in eight local parks, but Assembly member Randall Kowalke requested a reconsideration of the ordinance less than 24 hours later. He […]

  • Education

    Renovations planned for UAS Ketchikan maritime facilities

    by Associated Press on Mar 22, 20:22

    Construction is expected to start later this year on a nearly $6 million overhaul of University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Regional Maritime and Career Center. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that Wendy Miles Horn, with the university, says the work is needed because the two buildings that make up the facility are inadequate, cramped and […]

  • Alaska Politics

    New fiscal plan pays out $1,900 PFD, but faces grim future

    by Liz Raines on Mar 22, 20:20

    There are now more than a handful of proposals in Juneau on how to use the permanent fund to solve the state’s multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. The latest is one unveiled by House Republican minority Wednesday morning, day 65 of the legislative session. House Bill 192 avoids a steep cut to dividends next year by using less […]

  • Crime

    Police: Shooting at Fairbanks library confused for phone charger explosion

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 19:48

    An afternoon at a Fairbanks library took a strange turn when a man was injured by what was at first thought to be an exploding phone charger, but turned out to be a bullet, according to police. At 1:15 p.m., Fairbanks fire crews responded to the Noel Wien Library on Cowles Street after receiving a report […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Humpback whale population growing near Homer

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 22, 19:18

    Kachemak Bay, Alaska’s first state park, is known for it’s towering mountains, sandy beaches and rich marine habitat, which are all visible from the Homer Spit. Karl Stoltzfus has lived there for nearly 50 years and has been offering wildlife excursions for more than two decades. He says they traditionally look for humpbacks at the end […]

  • Alaska News

    Longtime leader of Sealaska board to step down

    by Associated Press on Mar 22, 18:59

    Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation Sealaska is losing one of its longest-serving leaders. KTOO-FM reported Wednesday that Rosita Worl will step down in June after 30 years on the Juneau-based corporation’s board of directors. Worl says she has thought about leaving her post for some time and is looking forward to completing various academic projects. […]

  • Crime

    Police: Arrest made in Anchorage train tagging case

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 18:25

    The Anchorage Police Department has arrested a man for allegedly spray painting a historic local landmark this week. The Delaney Park 556 Engine, located on the corner of E Street and Ninth Avenue in downtown, was found Tuesday partially covered with tags. On Wednesday, police responded to the train to investigate the vandalism, and APD […]

  • Aviation

    Alaska Airlines to drop Virgin America name and logo

    by Associated Press on Mar 22, 18:09

    Alaska Airlines says as part of their merger with Virgin America they will drop the Virgin America name and logo. Alaska Airlines said in a news release Wednesday that the combined company will retire the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019. Alaska Airlines Vice President of Marketing Sangita Woerner says “while the Virgin America […]

  • Crime

    Final suspect in armed crime spree turned himself in, police say

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 16:11

    The third suspect in a recent crime spree has turned himself in to police, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. Delander Owens Jr., 21, turned himself in just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Renee Oistad. She confirmed he was the last of three suspects being sought for a string of crimes ranging from assault to […]

  • Military

    New Coast Guard cutter brings improved response capabilities to Southeast Alaska

    by Shannon Riddle on Mar 22, 16:09

    Ketchikan welcomed its newest U.S. Coast Guard vessel this week with the arrival of the Fast Response Cutter (FRC) John McCormick. The families of the crew and Coast Guard officials lined the dock at the Ketchikan base Friday as the FRC pulled in, led by a Ketchikan Fire Department vessel. “We are pleased to welcome the […]

  • Business/Economy

    Sears, an icon of US retail, may shut its doors

    by CBS/AP on Mar 22, 16:09

    Sears (SHLD), an icon of American retail dating to the 19th century, is in danger of having to close its doors. The company said late Tuesday in a regulatory filing that there is “substantial doubt” it can remain in business. Sears’ stock price, which hit an all-time low last month, tumbled more than 14 percent […]

  • DayBreak

    Getting the zydeco experience with Terrance Simien

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 22, 13:04

    Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien will be in Anchorage all week giving Alaskans a taste of zydeco music. Simien will be joined by his band, The Zydeco Experience, on Friday, March 24 for a concert at the Performing Arts Center downtown. According to Simien, Zydeco is a style of music of the first-speaking Creole people […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police locate missing 14-year-old

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 11:52

    Last updated at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 Anchorage police said Sally Oktollik has been located and is safe. The announcement came Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after her disappearance. Original story An Anchorage 14-year-old girl has been missing since Tuesday, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Now, the agency is asking for the […]

  • University of Alaska

    Thanksgiving hoops: 2017 GCI Great Alaska Shootout men’s field set

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 22, 11:13

    The coming year will mark a major anniversary for the GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament — 40 years. And the host has already set the table. Even though it’s only March, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) has announced the eight team men’s field for the Thanksgiving tradition. Three teams will travel north from California: California […]

  • US/World

    4 dead, including attacker, in car rampage, knife attack in London

    by CBS News on Mar 22, 7:51

    Last Updated Mar 22, 2017 11:38 AM EDT LONDON — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, mowing down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Four people were killed, including the attacker, and […]