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  • Business/Economy

    Alaska unemployment rate inches up to 6.9 percent last month

    by Associated Press on Oct 21, 18:55

    Alaska’s unemployment rate inched up to 6.9 percent in September, hitting its highest level since the summer of 2014. The state labor department says last month’s preliminary seasonally adjusted rate was up from 6.8 percent in August and 6.5 percent in September 2015. The national unemployment rate stood at 5 percent last month. Alaska’s rate […]

  • Crime

    Grand jury formally indicts man accused of shooting Fairbanks officer

    by Associated Press on Oct 21, 15:16

    The man accused of shooting a Fairbanks police officer has been formally indicted by a grand jury. Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson says the grand jury indicted Anthony G. Jenkins-Alexie Thursday with attempted murder and seven other counts. Seven charges are identical to the counts originally charged in a complaint against Jenkins-Alexie, plus one additional […]

  • Fairbanks

    Mayor says Fairbanks 4 deserve compensation

    by Associated Press on Oct 21, 8:29

    The mayor of Fairbanks says the city and state of Alaska should consider compensating the four indigenous men who spent nearly two decades in prison before their convictions for the beating death of a teenager were overturned. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Mayor John Eberhart discussed ways the city can work to repair its relationship […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska Native remains could return home from Pennsylvania

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 14:46

    A small group of people are working with the U.S. Army to bring home the remains of 15 Alaska Natives who attended a boarding school in Pennsylvania more than a century ago. The Carlisle Industrial Indian School was founded in 1879 by Richard Henry Pratt. The Army officer created the military-style school on the belief […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Researchers look for more evidence of dinosaurs in Denali

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 9:17

    Researchers say the discovery of dinosaur bones in Denali National Park for the first time this summer has opened the door for more remains to be found. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Park Service uncovered the bones during a July expedition. The trip also […]

  • Alaska News

    Kodiak police seek new body cameras

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 8:12

    The Kodiak Police Department is looking to reinstate its use of body cameras, months after officers stopped wearing the devices because of concerns with equipment functionality. Officers wore body cameras from February through December 2015. Police Chief Ronda Wallace told The Kodiak Daily Mirror in an email Monday the department has been looking into other […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Sullivan plans Senate field hearing on ivory sales

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 16:30

    U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is holding a field hearing this week focused on state laws that prohibit ivory sales. In a statement, Sullivan’s office says some of the bans extend to walrus and mammoth ivory used by Alaska Native artists. The release states that the hearing will focus on how the effects on Alaskans could […]

  • Crime

    FBI: Number of officers killed on duty decreased in 2015

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 13:30

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI says the number of police officers killed in the line of duty decreased in 2015 from the year before. In an annual report released Tuesday, the FBI said 41 officers died last year as a result of criminal acts. That’s down from the 2014 figure of 51. More than half […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage police investigate 2 early morning robberies

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 12:30

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Anchorage police are investigating two robberies of pedestrians on city streets. Shortly before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, two men walking near Piper Street and 42nd Avenue were approached by two armed men. The suspects took wallets and cellphones and fled in a dark blue four-door sedan driven by a third person. The […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Murkowski: Presidential race causing down-ballot uncertainty

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 10:21

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the presidential race is creating uncertainty for down-ballot races like hers that she hasn’t experienced before. The Alaska Republican says she’s hearing from people fed up with the national race but is encouraging them to get out to vote anyway. Both major party presidential candidates have […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla man dies in crash near Point MacKenzie Road

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 7:50

    WASILLA, Alaska (AP) – Alaska State Troopers say a 59-year-old Wasilla man died in a weekend crash. Troopers just after midnight Saturday morning took a call of a crash on Lewis Loop about a half mile east of Point MacKenzie Road. Emergency medical responders pronounced Ronald Weller dead at the scene. Investigators say Weller was […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Murkowski surpasses other US Senate candidates in reported campaign funds

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 16:28

    Updated at 4:40 p.m. Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has reported raising nearly $200,000 for his campaign during the latest fundraising period. Miller ended September with nearly $280,000 on hand. He entered the race with nearly $100,000 available, money left over from a prior run. While the reporting period spans from July through September, […]

  • Health

    Communities experiment with amnesty in heroin crisis

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 15:31

    Reeling from a surge in heroin overdoses, authorities in the Cincinnati area made an offer: Hand in potentially deadly drugs and you won’t be charged. But the blanket immunity granted by a judge there over a month ago hasn’t brought in any heroin so far. Results from similar efforts elsewhere have also yielded few drugs, […]

  • US/World

    Accidental shootings kill, injure children in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Oct 15, 11:23

    Alaska led the nation with the highest per capita rate of accidental shootings of children over a recent 2 1/2 -year period. That’s according to a joint investigation by The Associated Press and the USA Today Network that counted 14 unintentional shootings that killed five children and injured nine others in the gun-friendly state. The […]

  • Energy

    US oil rig count up 15 this week to 539

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 14:01

    The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 539. A year ago, 787 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 432 rigs sought oil and 105 explored for […]

  • Arctic

    Panel: No indication of Russian aggression in Arctic

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 8:51

    A panel of national security experts says that while Russia has built up its military on its side of the Arctic, there is no evidence of Russian aggression there. Julia Gourley is the senior Arctic official at the U.S. State Department. During a briefing of congressional staff in Washington, D.C., she said it appears Russia […]

  • Alaska News

    No foul play suspected after man found dead in Juneau ditch

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 8:47

    Juneau police say there were no signs of foul play after the body of a man was found partially submerged in a drainage ditch. The Juneau Empire reports the man was identified as 55-year-old Gary D. Brummitt of Juneau. Someone walking on a bike path in the Mendenhall Valley found the body Thursday. The body […]

  • Alaska News

    Candidate for Bethel city manager job to visit town

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 7:23

    One of three finalists for the position of city manager in Bethel will be visiting the community next week. Bob Sivick of Omaha, Nebraska, was among some 30 people to apply for the job. The search came after former City Manager Ann Capela filed notice to leave her three-year contract early, citing struggles with the […]

  • Business/Economy

    Amazon adding 120,000 workers to meet holiday demand

    by Associated Press on Oct 13, 19:35

    NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon.com will add 120,000 seasonal workers in an effort to meet an expected spike in demand during the holidays. The seasonal positions will be created at fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites in 27 states. The move marks a 20 percent boost from the 100,000 seasonal hires a year […]

  • Crime

    Southeast Alaska hunters cited for shooting swimming deer

    by Associated Press on Oct 13, 15:05

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two southeast Alaska hunters have been cited for shooting swimming deer. Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Saturday seized six deer from the fishing vessel Sumner near Washington Bay on Kuiu Island. Troopers say 49-year-old Robert Martin of Petersburg and a 15-year-old juvenile shot the deer as the animals swam near Mist Cove. […]