News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. AKDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica report that at least 14 cities in Alaska have employed police officers whose criminal records should have prevented them from being hired under state law. The news organizations reported Saturday that they found more than 34 officers who should have been ineligible for these jobs. They say that in all but three cases, the police hires were never reported by the city governments to the state's Department of Public Safety, as required.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Budget vetoes by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy eliminated Medicaid dental coverage for adults -- a $27 million cut that is having an impact. KTUU reports that Michael Shelden had plans to get dentures after having all his teeth pulled following years of dental pain. The plan fell through after the governor's veto. Dunleavy has said his goal of restoring a full dividend payment to Alaskans from the Alaska Permanent Fund could help them pay for some affected services.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska authorities say a passenger killed when a floatplane's takeoff was aborted was a Maryland man. Troopers say 57-year-old Joseph Patenella died in the Friday incident at the mouth of Tutka Bay south of Homer. Troopers say a child is in critical condition. Seven people were on board the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. Troopers say the others on board appear to have non-life-threatening injuries.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 34-year-old Togiak man has been charged with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting in the village last week. Richard Sears, who was shot and wounded by an Alaska State Trooper, was charged Friday in the death of 61-year-old Samuel Brito. Online court records do not list his attorney. Togiak State Trooper Daniel Sadloske after hearing shots on July 11 saw Sears with a gun standing over Brito. Troopers say Sadloske shot Sears after he refused to drop the gun.
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