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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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Election signs find new homes under flooring, in chicken coops

Election day is over and political signs are disappearing from yards and intersections. But where do they go? To be reused or recycled.

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November 6, 2014
Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage voters repealed AO-37, the controversial labor law, during Tuesday’s election. They returned many incumbents and also sent some new Republicans to the state legislature as well.

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November 5, 2014
Vote No on 1 supporters

Anchorage voters overturn AO-37, support most incumbents

Anchorage voters repealed AO-37, the controversial labor law, during Tuesday’s election. They returned many incumbents and also sent some new Republicans to the state legislature as well.

November 5, 2014
Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

A steady stream of voters filed into Airport Heights Elementary in Anchorage this morning to cast their ballots. From life-long voters to first-timers, they had different reasons.

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November 4, 2014
Mallott brings principles, finance experience to Lt. Gov. race

Mallott brings principles, finance experience to Lt. Gov. race

Byron Mallott has held many positions in his 71 years. He was the CEO of the Permanent Fund, the CEO of Sealaska, the president of AFN, and even briefly held the mayor’s seat in both Yakutat and Juneau. Now, he’s running for lieutenant governor.

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November 3, 2014
House District 21 candidates blur some party lines but not others

House District 21 candidates blur some party lines but not others

Two candidates are running for Democrat-turned-Republican Lindsey Holmes former seat in West Anchorage’s House District 21. And like their predecessor, some of their views blur typical party lines.

November 3, 2014
Judge rules state must comply with National Guard records request

Judge rules state must comply with National Guard records request

An Alaska Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the governor’s office must start providing documents about the National Guard scandal to Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News. The State has until noon Friday to hand over any related public records they have already identified and a privilege log that explains why they cannot provide other documents.

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October 30, 2014

Alaska Public Media, Alaska Dispatch News Take State To Court Over National Guard Documents

Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are taking the State to court because the state government has failed to provide documents regarding the National Guard Scandal.

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October 29, 2014
David LaPain. (Photo by Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage)

New Geologic Materials Center Opens In Anchorage

The State has a new library – for rocks. The new Geologic Materials Center opened in Anchorage Wednesday in what used to be the old Sam’s Club. The facility is aimed at giving industry members, academics and the public access to the wealth of data kept in core samples from around the state.

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October 29, 2014
Experienced Senate N candidates differ on most issues

Experienced Senate N candidates differ on most issues

Two experienced but very different politicians are both running for Senate Seat N in South Anchorage and Girdwood.

October 28, 2014

McGee, Vazquez vie for open House District 22 seat

Rep. Mia Costello vacated the seat for House District 22 this year when she decided to run for Senate K instead. Neither of the candidates vying for her house seat have served in the legislature before, and their positions have some overlap.

October 23, 2014
Candidate Laurie Hummel for House District 15

Ret. Colonel runs for House District 15, seeks to reduce and realign budget

A political newcomer is vying for the House seat in Anchorage’s district 15, which contains Muldoon and Elmendorf. Retired Army Colonel Laurie Hummel, a Democrat, is challenging Republican Gabrielle LeDoux, who has served in the legislature representing first Kodiak and now district 15. KSKA spoke with Hummel about her campaign. LeDoux did not respond to requests for an interview.

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October 21, 2014

Consolidating ASD schools under consideration, but not likely to save money in short term

The Anchorage School Board wants the district administration to look at how consolidating schools could help close the district’s anticipated $22 million budget gap. Preliminary data shows it may hurt more than help in the short term.

October 20, 2014

Military recruiters banned from Anchorage Schools

Military recruiters are no longer welcome at Anchorage schools. Superintendent Ed Graff made the decision after the Anchorage Press published allegations that an Army National Guard recruiter had sex with and made sexual advances toward high school JROTC cadets.

October 20, 2014
United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. (© Jarek Tuszynski / Wikimedia Commons)

Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriages can continue in Alaska

Same-sex marriages are legal again in Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay, which would have halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state’s appeal early next year. The governor’s office is continuing with the appeal.

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October 17, 2014
Les Mis brings local touch to global production

Les Mis brings local touch to global production

Les Miserables opens in Anchorage Friday. The Broadway musical has been produced around the world since 1985, but this production has local twists.

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October 17, 2014
Michael Cooper speaks at a press conference about Ebola risks. Hillman/KSKA

Ebola risk low in Alaska, plan in place to stop spread

Alaska is at low risk for exposure to Ebola, but self-monitoring by those who have been to West Africa is necessary.

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October 16, 2014

Old Federal Building trees avoid the chopping block

Two large spruce trees in front of the Old Federal Building in downtown Anchorage will not be cut down. The General Services Administration, which looks after the site, had planned to remove the more than 50-year-old trees.

October 14, 2014
Lamb and Pearson applying to marry. Hillman/KSKA

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses, State asks for a stay

After a federal judge decided Sunday that Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, the State of Alaska started accepting applications for gay marriages this morning. But the state’s Attorney General is asking for a stay on that legal decision, which would put a hold on actually issuing any licenses.

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October 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in Alaska

A federal judge legalized same-sex marriage in Alaska on Sunday. Couples can start applying for licenses immediately and the state will recognize marriages from other states. Governor Sean Parnell said in a press release he will appeal the ruling in order to “defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution.”

October 12, 2014