News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. AKST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials say ConocoPhillips hopes to sell parts of its Alaska projects to offset risks and share the expenses of investments planned in the state. Alaska’s Energy Desk reported the sale package includes old, new and unbuilt projects representing most of Conoco’s Alaska holdings. Officials say the assets for sale include the Kuparuk River unit, Alpine unit and the Willow project in the National Petroleum Reserve. The notable exception is the company’s 36% share of the Prudhoe Bay oil field.
PABLO, Mont. (AP) - Attorney General William Barr is announcing a national plan to address cases of missing and murdered indigenous people as concerns mount over the level of violence they face. Barr will make the announcement Friday about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. The plan adds specialized coordinators in 11 U.S. attorney’s offices who would coordinate the law enforcement response for cases of missing indigenous people.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska woman charged with the courthouse theft of a gun that was being used as evidence against her has accepted a plea deal on her original charges. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Thursday that 29-year-old Tiffany Flenaugh was on trial for assault, weapons misconduct and resisting arrest. Authorities say that during a break in her trial Tuesday she removed the unloaded gun from an evidence box and hid it outside. Flenaugh pleaded guilty to charges related to three separate cases.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Department of Law spokeswoman says the state agency that determines eligibility for payment of checks to Alaska residents from the oil-wealth fund recognizes same-sex spouses. Cori Mills says the department will have to investigate the specific allegations of a woman who said she was told that if she were married to a man, she would not be denied a check. Denali Nicole Smith is married to a woman serving in the military. Smith has filed a federal lawsuit over the matter.
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