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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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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
Same-sex marriage supporters stand in the rain outside of the federal courthouse after the hearing. Hillman/KSKA

Judge to rule on same-sex marriage in Alaska “soon”

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Alaska — yet. The US District Court judge chose not to make a decision today after hearing oral arguments from both the state and a group of couples who are fighting the marriage ban. The arguments were complicated by the recent 9th District Court decision that overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Idaho. Alaska is within the 9th Circuit, so that decision holds here as well.

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October 10, 2014
(Photo by Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage)

AK: Bodybuilding

The sport is usually associated with steroids, spray tans and bizarrely bulging muscles, but for some competitors in Alaska, drug-free bodybuilding isn’t about vanity, it’s about therapy.

After 24 years as an Army Ranger and a grueling tour in Afghanistan, Frank Loomis retired, joined the police and started having a mid-life crisis. His solution? Start training with Mr. Alaska. KSKA’s Anne Hillman followed Loomis from training to his first masters level competition.

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October 10, 2014

Violence in Foster Care System Very Rare, Safety Nets in Place

KSKA DJ Marvell Johnson was killed this week by his foster son. But state officials with the foster care system stress that events like this are extremely rare and they have systems in place to keep foster parents and children safe.

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October 9, 2014
Police vehicles block off N. Flower Street in Mountain View.

Police use tear gas to apprehend man who pulled a gun on an officer

Police have taken into custody the man who barricaded himself into a residence in Mountain View after pulling a gun on a police officer Thursday morning. After negotiations failed they released tear gas into the building, and he was apprehended.

October 9, 2014

AK Public Media, ADN sue Parnell over records requests

Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are suing Governor Sean Parnell over access to documents related to the National Guard Scandal. The complaint seeks to make facts about the case public before the upcoming gubernatorial election.

October 8, 2014
Marvell Johnson

Longtime KSKA DJ Marvell Johnson Shot, Killed

Longtime KSKA DJ Marvell Johnson was shot and killed on Tuesday. His foster son, 16-year-old Peter John Henry, admitted to the crime and is being charged, as an adult, with murder.

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October 7, 2014

Education issue fuels candidates for Senate Seat K

Political newcomer Clare Ross is running against Representative Mia Costello for Hollis French’s old Senate seat, District K in southwest Anchorage. French decided to run for Lt. Governor instead. Now the two women are competing for the opening and are both making the same promise — that they’ll improve education in the state.

October 2, 2014
School Board seeks suggestions for $22 million budget shortfall

School Board seeks suggestions for $22 million budget shortfall

Community members told the School Board that making up for the $22 million shortfall should not include cutting the gifted programs, but it could involved things like more parent involvement.

September 29, 2014

Deciphering AO-37, Anchorage’s Labor Law

Anchorage’s controversial labor law, commonly referred to as AO-37, will be on the ballot this November. The mayor and his administration want you to vote yes to keep it. The municipal unions want voters to get rid of it. Both sides discuss four major points of the law.

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September 29, 2014
Fire burns condo in Anchorage, doesn’t spread

Fire burns condo in Anchorage, doesn’t spread

A fire severely damaged an Anchorage condo near Tudor and Baxter on Thursday afternoon, but fire crews contained it before it spread to other units and structures.

September 25, 2014

Quake Shakes Anchorage-ites and Visitors Alike

No major damage or injuries were reported in Anchorage after this morning’s quake, but community members said they were still shaken. Items fell of shelves and people ducked under desks.

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September 25, 2014

Assembly delays decision on Chugach Access Plan

After more than 40 people testified before the Anchorage Assembly, the body voted to postpone making a decision on the Chugach State Park Access Plan. Plan supporters say the community needs easier access. Dissenters took issue with some of the suggested points.

September 24, 2014

Anchorage Assembly says no to legalizing marijuana

The state’s largest city is publicly speaking out against Ballot Measure 2, which aims to legalize marijuana. But the Anchorage Assembly’s vote was not unanimous.

September 24, 2014
KTVA reporter quits live on-air after stating she heads AK Cannabis Club

KTVA reporter quits live on-air after stating she heads AK Cannabis Club

A KTVA reporter announced that she is the president of Alaska Cannabis Club and quit her job during a live broadcast Sunday night. Reporter Charlo Greene, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, has been reporting on the legalization ballot initiative since April.

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September 22, 2014

Anchorage School Board considers all options for diminishing budgets

The Anchorage School Board is developing a plan for drastic budget cuts in the years ahead. They discussed some of the options with the Anchorage Assembly during a joint meeting on Friday morning, including expanding best practices and possibly reducing the number of school buildings.

September 19, 2014
The Federal Building in downtown Anchorage this summer.

Removal of Federal Building trees elicits fierce opposition

The proposal to remove two trees from the front of the historic Federal Building in downtown Anchorage elicited fiery comments from a handful of community members during a public meeting on Thursday.

September 19, 2014