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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber, a ride-sharing service, is coming to Anchorage, and some taxi companies aren’t happy about the not-yet-legal competition.

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September 17, 2014 - 5:12 pm
Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

The Anchorage Port project is taking a new direction toward modernization and rehabilitation instead of expansion. Three design concepts for re-doing but not expanding the Port will be ready in early November.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Veterans explore old nuclear missile sites in Anchorage

Veterans from across the United States gathered in Anchorage last weekend to tour two of Alaska’s eight Nike Sites. The sites housed nuclear missiles in bunkers around Anchorage and Fairbanks during the Cold War.

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September 12, 2014 - 4:37 pm
Anchorage Courthouse Evacuated for Bomb Threat, Nothing Found

Anchorage Courthouse Evacuated for Bomb Threat, Nothing Found

The Anchorage Police Department responded to a bomb threat at the Nesbett Courthouse this afternoon. The courthouse was evacuated around 1 pm and the building was searched. They did not find anything. Police also evacuated Boney Courthouse and closed a few downtown streets as a precaution. The area was declared safe by 3 pm, though the Nesbett Courthouse remained closed. The investigation is on going and no other information is available at this time.

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September 11, 2014 - 5:32 pm
Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Labor organizers say they’re ramping up the protest against the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Anchorage, where workers have been in contentious contract negotiations with the Texas-based company since 2009.

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September 11, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

The Anchorage School District is trying to decide if 6th graders should be placed in elementary or middle schools. Currently there are some in each. District staff have been weighing the options for more than a year because it impacts future school infrastructure upgrades. They’re also looking at what’s best for the students academically. Some 6th graders think middle school is definitely the way to go.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:03 pm
YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

Women in Alaska earn significantly less than men, and the YWCA is setting out to change that. Their new initiative aims to close the wage gap by 2025. One of the solutions may be simple–encourage more women to join the trades.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:06 pm
Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

The Bill Walker and Byron Mallott campaigns have joined forces to defeat Governor Sean Parnell in November. They’re calling their combined campaign the Alaska First Unity ticket. The pair announced their decision at a packed press conference Monday afternoon.

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September 2, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Freedom Summer Marks 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when civil rights activists from across the United States joined together to register black voters in the Deep South. It was a summer marred by violence and filled with hope for much of the country. But in Alaska,things were different.

September 1, 2014 - 4:06 pm

ENSTAR strike ends without a new contract

The ENSTAR operating employees strike is over, but the workers do not have a new contract. After two and a half weeks, they voted to return to work today.

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August 28, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Post-Ferguson, APD stands by civil unrest preparation plans

The Anchorage Police Department says they are ready if civil unrest breaks out in Alaska’s largest city, like it did in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month. But their main tactic is being as transparent and open as possible so that riots don’t happen in the first place.

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August 27, 2014 - 4:54 pm
ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

The ENSTAR strike has lasted two weeks, and there’s no end in sight. Local workers are picketing in front of ENSTAR offices around Anchorage and in Homer. They’re having a dispute with the management over retirement benefits for both present and future workers.

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August 22, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Anchorage Youth Court celebrates 25th anniversary

The Anchorage Youth Court is getting old. It’s celebrating it’s 25th birthday this week. The organization has shrunk over the years. The court now hears about a third of the cases it did a decade ago. But it’s goal is the same — to give young people a second chance.

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August 21, 2014 - 5:38 pm
Don Hadley and Kevin Kastner. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Budget, Education Top Priority List in House District 16 Race

Two very different men are running in the Republican primary for House District 16 in East Anchorage, but they have similar agendas. They both want to reduce the budget and fix the education system.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:10 am
Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

House District 21 Race Full of Friendly Competition

Two political newcomers – and friends – are vying for the Republican nomination for House District 21 this month – Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. They met in 2012 when Dubey lost to Lindsay Holmes in the old District 19. Fagnani says he decided to run against his friend because he’s more in tune with Alaska, but Dubey says he offers innovations the legislature needs.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:07 am

Woman charged with negligent homicide for killing child on bike

Her Yang Thao was charged Friday with criminally negligent homicide for hitting and killing a four-year-old girl who was riding her bicycle in Anchorage in May.

August 8, 2014 - 5:20 pm
SwipeAPI pitches to the panel of judges. Hillman/KSKA

Pitch-on-a-Train brings out Alaskan

Local Alaskan organizations are trying to promote entrepreneurship to diversify the economy. Last week, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation hosted the second annual Pitch-on-a-Train competition. Five Alaskan start-ups tried to convince a panel of judges that their ideas, which ranged from water treatment to cyber currency credit cards, could make money.

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August 8, 2014 - 9:18 am
Jonathan Daniel Sabet

Anchorage lifeguard charged with distributing child pornography

A former Anchorage lifeguard has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. Twenty-two-year-old Jonathan Daniel Sabet worked at the East High School Pool.

August 7, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Teen charged with manslaughter for killing Anchorage cyclist

The 17-year-old who hit and killed bicyclist Jeffery Dusenbury in July is being charged with manslaughter, a class A felony. Alexandra Anne Ellis is being tried as an adult. She’s also charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene without rendering assistance to Dusenbury.

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August 7, 2014 - 5:35 pm
Assembly repeals AO-37, adopts new ordinance but Mayor considering a veto

Assembly repeals AO-37, adopts new ordinance but Mayor considering a veto

The Anchorage Assembly voted 7 to 4 to repeal AO-37 on Tuesday night and replace it with a compromise ordinance negotiated by Assembly Members and union representatives. However, the mayor still has seven days to veto the new ordinance and the repeal.

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August 6, 2014 - 5:46 pm