News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. AKDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A crash involving a semi-trailer has forced traffic on the Glenn Highway to be rerouted into Alaska largest city. Anchorage police just after 1 p.m. Wednesday say an 18-wheeler struck the south Eagle River overpass of the Glenn Highway, closing all in-bound lanes. Drivers heading into Anchorage were advised to get off the Glenn Highway at the North Eagle River exit and return to the highway at the Highland exit.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Attorneys are fighting over evidence one month before a Utah man is scheduled to face trial in the death of his wife on an Alaska cruise last summer. Attorneys for Kenneth Manzanares say law enforcement obtained search warrants for blood from Manzanares. They say they want to ensure that they can do testing of their own, if they choose. Prosecutors suggested the sides jointly pick a lab and share the results.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska sport fishing groups are opposing one of Gov. Bill Walker's picks to serve on the state Board of Fisheries. The groups say Walker is trying to break an unwritten rule about the balance of power between commercial and sports fishing interests with his nomination of Duncan Fields of Kodiak, who has worked in commercial fishing and fisheries policy. The groups want state legislators to reject Fields' nomination.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - State crews will reassess avalanche danger on the road leading to Hatcher Pass in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Two avalanches less than a half-mile apart closed the road Monday morning. KTUU reports the road remained closed Tuesday. Alaska Department of Transportation crews planned to trigger small avalanches to reduce the risk of an unexpected slide.
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