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

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...

Thursday, June 8th 2017, 8:45 AM AKDT
Palmer man charged with firing shot in road rage episode

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.

Monday, November 18th 2019, 2:09 PM AKST
Driver dies in Parks Highway crash south of Talkeetna

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.

Monday, November 18th 2019, 1:53 PM AKST
Guide business owner appointed to Alaska House

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.

Monday, November 18th 2019, 9:29 AM AKST
Tuluksak woman arrested after assault with fireplace tool

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.

Monday, November 18th 2019, 7:53 AM AKST
US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

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...

Monday, November 18th 2019, 6:13 AM AKST
Sports Minute: Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press

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.

Thursday, June 8th 2017, 2:48 AM AKDT
Alaska tax change group sues over ballot initiative wording

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.

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 7:16 PM AKST
Alaska borough mayor aims to ban smoking in public parks

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.

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 7:12 PM AKST
Anchorage sees heat and snowfall records in single day

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.

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 2:44 PM AKST
Alaska ski coach suspended amid domestic violence claims

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.

Saturday, November 16th 2019, 12:35 PM AKST
Alaska police officer pleads not guilty to assault charges

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.

Saturday, November 16th 2019, 9:15 AM AKST
Tazlina to provide service to some Alaska communities

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.

Friday, November 15th 2019, 5:11 PM AKST
Governor’s office: Revenue commissioner resigning

Governor’s office: Revenue commissioner resigning

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

Friday, November 15th 2019, 3:51 PM AKST
Report: Plane ran off runway in fatal Alaska crash

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.

Friday, November 15th 2019, 2:27 PM AKST
Dunleavy: Special session this year increasingly less likely

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.

Friday, November 15th 2019, 11:55 AM AKST
Firms managing money for disabled Alaskans face crackdown

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 7:28 PM AKST
Alaska city’s residents offered blood testing for chemicals

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 7:28 PM AKST
Seward Highway to see closures near Seward for repairs

Seward Highway to see closures near Seward for repairs

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

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 3:04 PM AKST
Arguments set for January in Alaska recall case

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 2:32 PM AKST
Fairbanks man dies in shooting at commercial property

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 12:56 PM AKST
Alaska official says BP sale of Alaska assets to advance

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 11:04 AM AKST
Officer leads pot, alcohol agency after director’s firing

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 10:16 AM AKST
Grand jury indicts Anchorage man in wife’s shooting death

Grand jury indicts Anchorage man in wife’s shooting death

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

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 8:31 AM AKST
Police say man was killed because he could not pay drug debt

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 8:03 AM AKST
Wasilla man dies in rollover crash north of the city

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.

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 7:43 AM AKST
FBI report: Alaska sexual assault rate highest in nation

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.

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 7:35 PM AKST
Alaska ferry system study looks at aging fleet, fewer riders

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.

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 7:35 PM AKST
Top Alaska marijuana regulator fired from job

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.

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 3:55 PM AKST
Anchorage police arrest suspect in death of man found in car

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.

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 7:46 AM AKST
Barge bound for Alaska runs aground in British Columbia

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.

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 7:46 PM AKST
Alaska militia leader seeks retrial after sentence reduction

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.

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 7:42 PM AKST
Palin says she learned of divorce plans from attorney

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.

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 10:33 AM AKST
Republicans advance 3 nominees for open Alaska House seat

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.

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 8:45 AM AKST
Warm weather, food keeping southcentral Alaska bears awake

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.

Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 7:49 AM AKST
Miss Alaska and Miss Alaska Teen winners both from Fairbanks

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.

Monday, November 11th 2019, 4:48 PM AKST
US habitats to protect humpback whales would reach Alaska

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.

Monday, November 11th 2019, 4:44 PM AKST
Kuskokwim River village resident held in man's death

Kuskokwim River village resident held in man's death

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

Monday, November 11th 2019, 7:47 AM AKST
Oil company seeks to keep records closed in Alaska buyout

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.

Sunday, November 10th 2019, 7:27 PM AKST
Mandatory student meal plans opposed at Alaska university

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.

Sunday, November 10th 2019, 7:23 PM AKST
Alaska state officials expect to miss air pollution deadline

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.

Saturday, November 9th 2019, 11:53 AM AKST
Alaska university regents pass $277M state funding request

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.

Saturday, November 9th 2019, 8:25 AM AKST
University of Alaska Southeast chancellor to retire

University of Alaska Southeast chancellor to retire

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

Friday, November 8th 2019, 2:59 PM AKST
Investigation clears Alaska teacher in slavery lesson

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...

Friday, November 8th 2019, 1:27 PM AKST
Early blows for state of Alaska in prominent cases

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.

Friday, November 8th 2019, 11:07 AM AKST
Association seeks foreclosure of Kansas Rep. Watkins' condo

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.

Friday, November 8th 2019, 10:39 AM AKST
Report cites FAA failures in crash of Alaska floatplane

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.

Thursday, November 7th 2019, 7:24 PM AKST
Anchorage receives $25M grant for Port of Alaska upgrades

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.

Thursday, November 7th 2019, 7:24 PM AKST
Group forms to oppose proposed oil tax changes in 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.

Thursday, November 7th 2019, 12:42 PM AKST
State seeks outside help in defending union dues position

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.

Thursday, November 7th 2019, 11:43 AM AKST
Anchorage police name man killed in apartment shooting

Anchorage police name man killed in apartment shooting

Anchorage police have released the name of a man fatally shot at an apartment.

Thursday, November 7th 2019, 7:58 AM AKST
Spending on Alaska mineral exploration for mining increases

Spending on Alaska mineral exploration for mining increases

Nearly $150 million was spent on mineral exploration for primarily large mine opportunities in Alaska last year.

Wednesday, November 6th 2019, 7:14 PM AKST
Judge reduces Alaska militia leader's sentence by 10 years

Judge reduces Alaska militia leader's sentence by 10 years

A judge has taken 10 years off the sentence of an Alaska militia leader imprisoned for a conspiracy to murder government officials.

Wednesday, November 6th 2019, 7:14 PM AKST
Compensation board eyes lawmaker, department head pay review

Compensation board eyes lawmaker, department head pay review

A commission tasked with reviewing the salaries and benefits of Alaska lawmakers and top state officials isn't expected to recommend changes before the start of the next legislative session.

Wednesday, November 6th 2019, 3:02 PM AKST
Anchorage police release name of man found dead in car

Anchorage police release name of man found dead in car

Anchorage police have released the name of a man found dead under suspicious circumstances in a parked car.

Wednesday, November 6th 2019, 11:01 AM AKST
Missing hiker found dead in Chena River Recreation Area

Missing hiker found dead in Chena River Recreation Area

A 26-year-old Soldotna man reported missing on a hike Monday east of Fairbanks was found dead in a state recreation area.

Wednesday, November 6th 2019, 8:21 AM AKST
Man suffers life-threatening rifle shot at Anchorage home

Man suffers life-threatening rifle shot at Anchorage home

Anchorage police say a man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound at a home.

Wednesday, November 6th 2019, 7:45 AM AKST
Alaska university parking services to accept PB&J as payment

Alaska university parking services to accept PB&J as payment

Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly.

Wednesday, November 6th 2019, 6:09 AM AKST
Lawsuit filed against Alaska over rate increase at homes

Lawsuit filed against Alaska over rate increase at homes

Attorneys in Alaska have filed a class-action lawsuit that seeks to reverse a recent rate increase in a group of state-owned homes providing assisted living care.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 7:24 PM AKST
Former senator opens rural Alaska grocery to lower costs

Former senator opens rural Alaska grocery to lower costs

A former U.S. senator who has been frustrated by the high prices of groceries in rural Alaska has opened a store with a goal of making the goods more affordable.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 7:24 PM AKST
Alaska troopers find body of woman linked to 2 homicides

Alaska troopers find body of woman linked to 2 homicides

The body of a missing woman discovered by Alaska State Troopers is tied to a homicide investigation of a woman and man who died over the weekend.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 6:24 PM AKST
Alaska judge weighs whether to dismiss veto lawsuit

Alaska judge weighs whether to dismiss veto lawsuit

A judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit by a civil liberties group alleging Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto of nearly $335,000 from the state court system budget was unconstitutional and retaliatory.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 4:28 PM AKST
Recall group challenges application denial in court

Recall group challenges application denial in court

The group seeking to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is asking a judge to allow their effort to move forward.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 12:32 PM AKST
Alaska blocks marijuana suspected of containing pesticides

Alaska blocks marijuana suspected of containing pesticides

Alaska officials say a Matanuska-Susitna Borough marijuana grower is under investigation for possible distribution of products cultivated with pesticides.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 9:19 AM AKST
Man dies, person missing in crash into Anchorage lagoon

Man dies, person missing in crash into Anchorage lagoon

An early morning high-speed crash of a sport utility vehicle on one of Anchorage's busiest streets left a man dead and two women seriously injured.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 8:07 AM AKST
Tucson sanctuary city, Colorado sports betting before voters

Tucson sanctuary city, Colorado sports betting before voters

By The Associated Press

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 7:55 AM AKST
Southwest Alaska man dies of injuries in suspected assault

Southwest Alaska man dies of injuries in suspected assault

Alaska State Troopers say a man who was assaulted in a southwest Alaska village has died of his injuries.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 7:47 AM AKST
Alaska blocks marijuana suspected of containing pesticides

Alaska blocks marijuana suspected of containing pesticides

Alaska officials say a Texas marijuana grower is under investigation for possible distribution of products cultivated with pesticides.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 5:19 AM AKST
Alaska road project to start in 2020, include largest bridge

Alaska road project to start in 2020, include largest bridge

The Department of Transportation plans to begin a project in 2020 to reroute the Sterling Highway and construct what would be Alaska's largest bridge.

Tuesday, November 5th 2019, 5:15 AM AKST
Public defender agency review recommends changes

Public defender agency review recommends changes

A report says the public defender agency is passing off more cases to the Office of Public Advocacy due to conflicts of interest with other cases or clients.

Monday, November 4th 2019, 9:50 AM AKST
Bodies of 2 people found off road southwest of Wasilla

Bodies of 2 people found off road southwest of Wasilla

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the deaths of two people southwest of Wasilla.

Monday, November 4th 2019, 7:50 AM AKST
Anchorage police investigate man found dead in parked car

Anchorage police investigate man found dead in parked car

Anchorage police are investigating the death of a man found inside a parked car.

Monday, November 4th 2019, 7:42 AM AKST
Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint

Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan.

Monday, November 4th 2019, 1:06 AM AKST

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