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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Tennis Courts Re-Appear As the Assembly Approves a $472 Million Budget for Anchorage

With very few amendments or changes made, many members said it was one of the smoothest budget cycles they have been a part of in their time on the Assembly.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

EPA Regs Hit Fishing Industry, Unless Congress Meets Deadline

Alaska’s fishing industry is watching a deadline approach: Dec. 18. That’s the date tough new EPA regulations apply to commercial fishing boats, unless Congress intervenes.

Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Parnell to Walker: Use Guard Bureau Reform Recommendations

Gov. Sean Parnell says he doesn’t know what’s next for him, but he expects to keep working on the issues his administration prioritized.

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Walker To Be Sworn in Monday

Gov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will be sworn into office Monday morning at Juneau’s Centennial Hall. The public inauguration ceremony begins at 11:30 and is expected to last about an hour. There will be seating available in the main ballroom for nearly a 1,000 people.

Juneau Coming Closer to Providing Housing for Homeless

Juneau is getting closer to becoming the third community in Alaska with a Housing First project to provide the chronically homeless with housing. Organizers told the Juneau Assembly on Monday that the project is moving from the concept stage to the design stage.

Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

North Pole Looking at Increasing Sales Taxes

The North Pole City Council is looking at increased sales taxes. Mayor Bryce Ward has proposed the hikes to cover an anticipated $180,000 revenue shortfall. The public turned out in opposition to the tax increases at a City Council meeting Monday night. But the council plans to reconsider the mayor’s proposal next week.

Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Warm Temps Mean More Salt on Fairbanks’ Roads

Warmer than normal temperatures this fall are allowing expanded use salt to combat icy roads in Fairbanks. Salt is more effective in some conditions and less expensive.

Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

Alaskan Writers Push to Finish a Novel in a Month

Alaskan Writers Push to Finish a Novel in a Month

Nearly 500 Alaskans are trying to write a novel this month. An entire novel. They’re participating in November National Novel Writing Month, a worldwide movement aimed at getting people writing. Some of the writers gathered at Anchorage’s Loussac Public Library.

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North Pole Suing Over Groundwater Pollution

The city of North Pole is suing two recent owners of an oil refinery over groundwater pollution. The lawsuit blames current refinery owner Flint Hills Alaska Resources and previous owner Williams Alaska Petroleum for releasing hazardous substances into the groundwater beneath the refinery.

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Two Injured in Small Plane Crash

Alaska State Troopers say two people were injured in a small plane crash on the west side of Cook Inlet. The plane went down Thursday across the inlet from Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Hoonah to Start on New Cruise Ship Dock

Construction of a new cruise ship dock near Hoonah is expected to begin next year. Capital City Weekly reports Anchorage-based Turnagain Marine construction on Monday won the $23.7 million contract to design and build a 400-foot floating dock at Icy Strait Point, a southeast Alaska cruise ship destination.

Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

Anchorage Residents Demonstrate in Solidarity with Ferguson, MO

People gathered in downtown Anchorage to show their solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri.

About 25 people stood on the corner of C and 7th in downtown Anchorage holding signs reading “Black lives matter” and “His name was Michael Brown.” They gathered to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in August was acquitted earlier this week.

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Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Tuesday announced four new staff members, including an attorney general.

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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Industry Blames Pirate Fishing as Red King Prices Drop

Industry Blames Pirate Fishing as Red King Prices Drop

The Bering Sea red king crab fleet finished catching 10 million pounds of quota last week — and they’re facing some lackluster prices as the crab goes to market. It could be due to higher catch limits in Alaska and Russia.

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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

Iditarod Musher Hospitalized After Vehicle Strikes Dog Team

Iditarod Musher Hospitalized After Vehicle Strikes Dog Team

On Tuesday, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson was injured when a Talkeetna woman lost control of her vehicle and struck the ATV that Hendrickson’s dog team was pulling.

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Palmer Man Sentenced To 50 Years On Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

A Palmer resident has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison on multiple charges of child sexual exploitation. Forty nine year old Robert Earl Cunningham, also known as “Bear” Cunningham and a registered sex offender, will serve the term concurrently with an 88-year state sentence.

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Village Sewer and Water

It is estimated that one of every three families in village Alaska still do not have a sanitary means of sewage disposal, in spite of hundreds of million dollars poured into rural sanitation. Systems have been installed in 77 percent of villages, but the smaller the village the higher the cost per person. What is the answer to this puzzle?

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AK: Amazon in the Arctic

Black Friday kicks off the rush of holiday shopping, and its also given rise to a fraternal twin of sorts, Cyber Monday. But there’s one place you might not expect online retail to be turning into a fact of life: Bush Alaska.

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300 Villages: Nunapitchuk

We’re heading to Nunapitchuk, a city of about 450 people near Bethel. Frank Sume works for the Planning and Zoning office in the city of Nunapitchuk.

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Alaska News Nightly: November 28, 2014

EPA Regs Hit Fishing Industry; Parnell Interview; Walker to Be Sworn In Monday; Juneau Housing for Homeless; North Pole Looks at Increasing Sales Tax; Warm Temps Mean More Salt for Roads; Alaskan Writers Project; AK: eCommerce in the Bush; 300 Villages

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