News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. AKST

A 47-year-old Palmer man suspected of firing a shot in an apparent road rage episode has been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Brian Burton was arrested Sunday. Online court documents do...

Palmer man charged with firing shot in road rage episode

A 47-year-old Palmer man suspected of firing a shot in an apparent road rage episode has been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

Driver dies in Parks Highway crash south of Talkeetna

A driver died on the Parks Highway south of Talkeetna after crashing into a semi-tractor trailer.

Guide business owner appointed to Alaska House

A Republican who owns his own hunting and fishing guiding business has been appointed to the Alaska Legislature.

Tuluksak woman arrested after assault with fireplace tool

Alaska State Troopers arrested a southwest Alaska woman after she reportedly struck a family member with a fireplace tool.

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaskan village from the Bering Sea are getting help from the National Coastal Resilience Fund. They’re among 44 grants flowing through a public-private partnership...

Sports Minute: Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press

Payton Pritchard scored 24 points to lead No. 14 Oregon to a ragged 67-47 victory over Texas Arlington. The senior guard also led the Ducks (4-0) with eight rebounds and three assists.

Alaska tax change group sues over ballot initiative wording

A group seeking changes to Alaska’s oil tax credit system has filed a lawsuit against state officials over language describing its initiative.

Alaska borough mayor aims to ban smoking in public parks

An Alaska borough mayor has proposed banning smoking from public parks, which would include cigarettes and vaping devices.

Anchorage sees heat and snowfall records in single day

Alaskans have experienced both a record high temperature and a record amount of snowfall in the same day.

Alaska ski coach suspended amid domestic violence claims

Alaska school district officials have suspended a high school skiing head coach after discovering allegations were made against him in a domestic violence protective order petition.

Alaska police officer pleads not guilty to assault charges

An Alaska police officer has pleaded not guilty to assault charges after court officials say prosecutors accused him of punching and kicking a man in September.

Tazlina to provide service to some Alaska communities

The state plans to resume some level of service to several communities that had runs disrupted or canceled due to repair needs with other vessels.

Governor’s office: Revenue commissioner resigning

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office says state Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman is resigning.

Report: Plane ran off runway in fatal Alaska crash

A report on the fatal crash of a commuter plane in a remote Alaska community indicates the flight crew abandoned an initial attempt to land and faced stronger winds on their second attempt, when the plane went off the runway.

Dunleavy: Special session this year increasingly less likely

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the odds of a special legislative session yet this year to address the check paid to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund appear increasingly less likely.

Firms managing money for disabled Alaskans face crackdown

The Social Security Administration is tightening regulation of Alaska’s representative payee businesses, saying they operate outside the law by charging fees to handle money for disabled residents.

Alaska city’s residents offered blood testing for chemicals

Residents of a Southeast Alaska city will be able to have their blood tested to detect possible chemical contamination.

Seward Highway to see closures near Seward for repairs

Emergency repairs to culverts will periodically close the Seward Highway north of Seward.

Arguments set for January in Alaska recall case

A judge in Anchorage has set arguments for January in a case challenging the state’s rejection of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Fairbanks man dies in shooting at commercial property

Alaska State Troopers say a man was shot and killed at a commercial property just south of Fairbanks.

Alaska official says BP sale of Alaska assets to advance

An Alaska state official says the Federal Trade Commission will let BP’s planned sale of its Alaska oil assets to Hilcorp Alaska advance.

Officer leads pot, alcohol agency after director’s firing

The top enforcement officer for the combined agency that regulates alcohol and legal marijuana in Alaska will serve as interim director.

Grand jury indicts Anchorage man in wife’s shooting death

An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a man who said he accidentally shot wife.

Police say man was killed because he could not pay drug debt

Anchorage police say a man found dead in a car Nov. 3 was killed because of a $550 drug debt.

Wasilla man dies in rollover crash north of the city

A 49-year-old Wasilla man died in a one-car crash north of the city.

FBI report: Alaska sexual assault rate highest in nation

A new FBI report says Alaska has the nation’s highest rate of sexual assault and violent crime has increased in the state.

Alaska ferry system study looks at aging fleet, fewer riders

The Alaska Department of Transportation is considering how to act on a study addressing issues within the Alaska Marine Highway System including an aging fleet and decreased ridership.

Top Alaska marijuana regulator fired from job

The board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry voted to fire the director it shares with state alcohol regulators.

Anchorage police arrest suspect in death of man found in car

A man released from federal custody in July has been charged in an Anchorage homicide.

Barge bound for Alaska runs aground in British Columbia

No injuries were reported and there was no marine pollution when a barge headed to Alaska was grounded near Vancouver Island.

Alaska militia leader seeks retrial after sentence reduction

An Alaska militia leader imprisoned for a plot to kill government officials is seeking a retrial for one of eight charges following a reduction of his sentence.

Palin says she learned of divorce plans from attorney

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she learned her husband was seeking a divorce in an email from his attorney.

Republicans advance 3 nominees for open Alaska House seat

Anchorage Republicans have sent the names of three finalists for an open state House seat to Gov. Mike Dunleavy for consideration.

Warm weather, food keeping southcentral Alaska bears awake

Warm temperatures and an abundance of food are keeping bears out of their dens in southcentral Alaska.

Miss Alaska and Miss Alaska Teen winners both from Fairbanks

Fairbanks has been well represented in pageants this year as the newly crowned Miss Alaska USA 2020 and Miss Alaska Teen USA 2020 both hail from the city.

US habitats to protect humpback whales would reach Alaska

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed creating critical habitat sites to protect humpback whales that will extend to waters off Alaska.

Kuskokwim River village resident held in man's death

A rural Alaska man is being held in Bethel on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Oil company seeks to keep records closed in Alaska buyout

Some Alaskans are calling for greater financial transparency from Hilcorp, the company seeking to buy BP's North Slope assets.

Mandatory student meal plans opposed at Alaska university

A University of Alaska Fairbanks student has launched a protest campaign against the school's mandatory meal plans for undergraduates living on campus.

Alaska state officials expect to miss air pollution deadline

Alaska officials have announced they need another 10 years to reduce air pollution by half in Fairbanks, but the deadline is December 31.

Alaska university regents pass $277M state funding request

The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a $277 million operating budget request Friday following a plan previously negotiated by university leaders and Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

University of Alaska Southeast chancellor to retire

The chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast plans to retire in June.

Investigation clears Alaska teacher in slavery lesson

A preliminary internal investigation has found a teacher at North Pole High School did not violate school policies or state or federal laws when teaching a Civil War course that included showing how the South's...

Early blows for state of Alaska in prominent cases

The state has suffered recent blows in lawsuits driven by opinions issued by Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson.

Association seeks foreclosure of Kansas Rep. Watkins' condo

A homeowners association in Alaska is seeking to foreclose on a condominium owned by Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins.

Report cites FAA failures in crash of Alaska floatplane

A new report says Federal Aviation Administration errors contributed to the crash of a floatplane in Alaska.

Anchorage receives $25M grant for Port of Alaska upgrades

Anchorage has been awarded a $25 million federal grant to assist with upgrades to the Port of Alaska.

Group forms to oppose proposed oil tax changes in Alaska

A group has formed to oppose a proposed ballot measure seeking to change Alaska's oil tax structure.

State seeks outside help in defending union dues position

Attorney General Kevin Clarkson's office is seeking to hire outside attorneys to help defend his decision that changes are needed in the way Alaska collects union dues.

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Assembly member would like to see homeless shelter in Midtown
Assembly member would like to see homeless shelter in Midtown

Anchorage Assembly member Meg Zaletel is proposing a budget amendment that includes a new homeless shelter in Anchorage, one that is separate from Brother Francis Shelter.

APD: Suspect arrested for Dimond kidnapping
APD: Suspect arrested for Dimond kidnapping

A woman the Anchorage Police Department said was a person of interest in a kidnapping is now the suspect.

Ballot initiative proposes student bill of rights ensuring quality public education
Ballot initiative proposes student bill of rights ensuring quality public education

Part of the initiative calls for the inclusion of curriculum to preserve Alaska Native identity and history, and for tools to attract and retain teachers.

Dunleavy taps longtime hunting guide Gillis for Revak's House seat
Dunleavy taps longtime hunting guide Gillis for Revak's House seat

House Republicans must approve Dunleavy's selection in an upcoming vote.

1 dead in Parks Highway crash, troopers investigating
1 dead in Parks Highway crash, troopers investigating

One person is dead after a crash on the Parks Highway Sunday evening, according to Alaska State Troopers.