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    Bristol Palin announces she is expecting her third child

    by Associated Press on Dec 10, 10:44

    Bristol Palin is expecting her third child, she tells Entertainment Tonight. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter announced her pregnancy on ET. She and husband Dakota Meyer said they are excited and “blessed” to welcome a baby in the spring. A Palin family spokesman declined to comment. Bristol Palin launched an abstinence campaign after giving […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Eroding village to seek disaster designation for relocation

    by Associated Press on Dec 10, 10:28

    A western Alaska village is eroding due to climate change and officials plan to ask President Barack Obama for a disaster declaration so that federal funds can be pursued to relocate residents. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports that engineers predict as many as six Newtok homes will be lost by fall followed by the village school […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Climate change film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ gets a sequel

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 21:56

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Al Gore’s climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” is getting a sequel. Paramount Pictures said Friday the follow-up to the Oscar-winning original will premiere at next January’s Sundance Film Festival. In the new documentary, former Vice President Gore examines global warming’s escalation and the solutions at hand, Paramount said. In a […]

  • Health

    A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

    by Associated Press on Dec 08, 20:08

    NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials say more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. The new numbers were part of the annual tally of deaths […]

  • Outdoors

    Winter waterfowl: Biologists monitor mallards that don’t migrate

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 08, 20:01

    Every winter the Alaska Department of Fish and Game gets calls from people concerned about ducks that haven’t flown south for the winter. Waterfowl biologist Mike Petrula said there are about 1,500 mallards that make Anchorage their year-round home and they seem to be thriving. “Mallards are a very tough duck. They’re a big-bodied bird. […]

  • Health

    Getting help with insurance: Some Alaskans can save money on health care, expert says

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 06, 21:14

    Right now, about 16,000 Alaskans who buy health insurance through healthcare.gov get tax credits to help pay for coverage. One expert says more than 30,000 others could also get help if they knew to ask. For those in need of health insurance starting on Jan. 1, the enrollment deadline is Dec. 15. Cherise Fowler, the outreach and […]

  • Money

    Small business owners feeling the recession pinch

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 06, 20:12

    If you’re budgeting less for Christmas presents this holiday season, you’re not alone. Local retailers say they’re feeling the effects of the recession. That’s no surprise to economic experts, like Bill Popp, who is president of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. He said consumers aren’t just worried about the drop in oil prices, but also […]

  • Health

    Missing just a couple of hours of sleep doubles car crash risk

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Dec 06, 14:21

    You may think you can get by OK in a busy week on just a few hours of sleep and big cups of coffee, but a new report sheds light on just how dangerous sleep deprivation can be. According to the research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who get just one to […]

  • Money

    Alaska minimum wage to rise to $9.80 starting Jan. 1

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 15:40

    Alaska’s minimum wage will rise by a nickel, to $9.80 an hour, beginning Jan. 1. Voters in 2014 approved increasing the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour. Under the measure, the minimum wage rose to $8.75 an hour in 2015 and to $9.75 an hour at the start of 2016. Going forward, the wage is […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Byron Birdsall, watercolor painter of Alaska scenes, dies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 05, 12:10

    Alaska artist Byron Birdsall died early Sunday morning. Friends said his death was from natural causes. He was 78 years old. In recent years Birdsall spent winters on Whidbey Island in Washington state, which is where he passed away, but friends say Alaska is where he considered home. For more than 30 years, Artique Gallery […]

  • Lifestyle

    After heartbreaking loss, family restaurant carries on co-founder’s legacy

    by Eric Ruble on Dec 04, 18:40

    One would be hard pressed to find an Anchorage restaurant smaller than Falafel King. Avi Avraham and his wife, Simha Avraham Lalki, founded the cozy spot on Gambell Street in early 2007. The Israeli immigrants opened the restaurant with the help of their four children, two of whom live in Anchorage. “Everyone just loves it. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Operation Santa Claus brings Christmas cheer to Akiachak

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 04, 17:29

    Santa Claus just couldn’t wait until Christmas Eve to deliver presents to the village of Akiachak. On Saturday, he gave his reindeer the day off and enlisted the help of the Alaska National Guard’s C-130 to get him to the small Kuskokwim community at sun up. It’s all part of the Operation Santa Claus program […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Film festival kicks off with premier of last movie shot under tax incentive program

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 03, 17:39

    The Anchorage International Film Festival kicked off Friday night, with the premier of a movie shot right here in our home state. “Sugar Mountain” was the last film made under the tax incentive program, which the state ended due to budget issues. “Sugar Mountain” was shot in Seward, and featured the town and its people. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    A night at the Bethel Winter House

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Dec 03, 13:47

    Bethel’s homeless shelter, Bethel Winter House, opened earlier this week, providing relief from the cold to Bethel’s many in need. A story published by KYUK Public Media showed what it was like for guests on Wednesday night. Around dinnertime, Major Lonnie Upshaw checked a large convection oven. “I’m serving lasagna, and chicken alfredo pasta with rolls tonight,” Upshaw said. […]

  • Outdoors

    Avalanche experts: Check your safety gear before venturing into the backcountry

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 02, 18:40

    When it comes to being in the backcountry safety is a top priority. “I’d say, if I showed up and missed a piece of safety gear, it didn’t make it in the car I probably wouldn’t go,” skier Tad Denning said. “It’s hard to enjoy yourself up there when you know you’re not prepared.” Denning […]

  • Sci/Tech

    4 new elements on the periodic table now have names

    by Brian Mastroianni / CBS News on Dec 02, 14:36

    It’s now time to say hello, officially, to the four new additions to the Periodic Table of Elements. This week, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the names of the four new elements, whose existence was first confirmed to the public back in January. The names for elements 113, 115, 117, and […]

  • Health

    Alaska observes World AIDS Day

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 01, 20:31

    Thursday is World AIDS Day, a time to remember those lost and support those living with the disease and commit to preventing its spread. The Four A’s, Alaska’s AIDS support group, says it currently serves around 260 people in Alaska who live with HIV or AIDS. The group also works to educate people about prevention and the importance […]

  • Photo Gallery

    Gallery: Alaska soldiers welcomed home from Kuwait

    by KTVA Web Staff on Dec 01, 17:19

    More than 100 soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 109th Transportation Company, known as the Muleskinners, returned to Anchorage early-Thursday morning, after spending nine months deployed to Kuwait.  The soldiers were greeted by hugs from friends and family at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, according to a release from the Army. This was […]

  • Health

    Pro-choice groups challenge Alaska’s 40-year-old abortion laws

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 30, 22:13

    Reproductive rights groups are suing the state because they think Alaska law unconstitutionally prevents women from having an abortion after the first trimester. It’s a challenge to rules that have been on the books for 40 years. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights laid out their challenge […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Netflix announces download feature on app for shows, movies

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 30, 15:46

    No internet? No problem. That was Netflix’s big news for its fans on Wednesday when the company announced its latest feature: downloading movies and shows. Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time. pic.twitter.com/g7QZA3TyE8 — Netflix US (@netflix) November 30, 2016 The latest update of the […]