News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. AKST
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska House Republican leaders say they appreciated Gov. Mike Dunleavy's emphasis on public safety and transparent budgeting during his State of the State speech. Rep. Dave Talerico says politicians don't often talk about trust in government, and he says transparency is important. He says Alaskans want to be involved and know what's going on.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska jobs report shows the state's oil and gas industry experienced modest growth last month as some sectors of the economy have continued shedding jobs. Alaska's Energy Desk reports the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development released its December employment numbers last week. State economist Neal Fried says oil and gas employment turned positive last month, meaning there were more people employed in the industry than there were in December 2017.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage officials and business groups are planning to designate a section of downtown to honor the sport of dog mushing. KTVA-TV reports the city, Greater Anchorage Inc. and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership announced plans Monday to name a stretch of Fourth Avenue the Anchorage Mushing District. The project would include installing signs, banners, plaques and a steel truss arch marking the ceremonial start of the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 26-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after a fatal shooting in Anchorage. Marilyn Tilo-Maiava was arrested early Tuesday morning. Anchorage police at around 12:30 a.m. took a report of a suicide in an apartment and found a man with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He died at a hospital. Investigators say the man had brought a handgun to the apartment. As the gun was handled my Tilo-Maiava, it fired, striking the man.
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