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Soldier Faces Hearing In Killings Of Iraqi Boys

There is a preliminary court martial hearing scheduled today in Washington state for Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera, formerly of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on murder charges.

April 23, 2014 - 9:55 am

Rescue Helicopter Blows Deflating Raft Ashore

The Air Force, Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers have worked together to rescue a man who found himself on a deflating raft in Cook Inlet near Anchorage.

April 23, 2014 - 9:52 am

Legislature Still Working To Make Deal On Education Bill

Having missed it’s adjournment deadline, the Alaska State Legislature is still at an impasse over the Governor’s education bill.

April 22, 2014 - 5:46 pm

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp

BP announced Tuesday it’s selling some of its assets on the North Slope. The company will sell to aging oil fields – Endicott and Northstar – to Hilcorp, a company that is developing oil and gas wells in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp will also buy a 50 percent interest in two other fields- Milne Point and Liberty.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:21 pm
Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla

Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller kicked off his campaign last night in Wasilla before a few hundred supporters. Miller drew cheers as he hit on popular Tea Party themes, like abolishing the IRS and ending state surveillance. And he may be the only candidate in the race with a personalized country-western anthem.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:20 pm

APD Implements New Crime-Tracking Systems

The Anchorage Police Department is using two new systems to communicate with the public about crimes in the city. One is a crime mapping system and the other allows city residents to receive messages directly from the department.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Expert Anticipates Low Prices For Togiak Herring Fishery

The largest herring fishery in Alaska is the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery and many stakeholders are preparing for an early start to the season. But at least one expert thinks the price may be so low this year, it won’t be worth fishing.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:18 pm
Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

The Legislature approved new regulations last year for cruise ships to release wastewater into Alaska’s oceans. Since then, the state has developed a permit process based on those regulations. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water Director Michelle Hale stopped in Ketchikan this week to talk about the changes.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:17 pm
Cyril George Sr. in 2007, speaking at Angoon Presbyterian Church, where his son Joey George is pastor. (Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)

Tlingit Elder, Master Storyteller Cyril George Dies

Tlingit elder Cyril George Sr. has died at the age of 92. A fisherman, boat builder, master story teller, and man of great faith, George passed away last week at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Alaska News Nightly: April 22, 2014

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp; Legislature Remains Embroiled Over Education Bill; Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla; APD Implements New Crime-Tracking Systems; Expert Anticipates Low Prices For Togiak Herring Fishery; Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits; Tlingit Elder, Master Storyteller Cyril George Dies; Brace Yourselves, Bird Season Is Coming

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April 22, 2014 - 5:03 pm
SMR captain Don Kluting describes sea conditions at Low Island Monday morning as “a bit sporty.” Crew members left the Mirage on foot, once the tide ebbed. (SMR photo/Don Kluting)

Two Rescued As Troller Goes Aground In Heavy Surf

Two crewmen were rescued safely after their troller ran aground in heavy seas in Sitka Sound early Monday morning. The 52-foot steel-hulled troller Mirage radioed a distress call at about 3:30 AM. The boat had gone aground on the southern shore of Low Island, in surf and strong winds.

April 22, 2014 - 9:29 am
Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

Federal Subsistence Board Votes To Limit Kuskokwim Kings to Federally Qualified Users

The Federal Subsistence Board Thursday unanimously approved a special action request from the Napaskiak Traditional Council that would limit any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users of 32 specific Kuskokwim communities.

April 22, 2014 - 9:23 am
Full House: The House of Representatives and the Senate met in a Joint Session in the House Chambers on April 17, 2014. They confirmed all of the governor's appointees to boards and commissions. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.

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April 21, 2014 - 5:25 pm

‘Demo Dose’ Lab Tests Find Bacteria

Lab testing of a synthetic saline solution wrongly used in a University of Alaska Fairbanks medical class shows bacteria. A Houston based laboratory was hired by the university to analyze samples of “Demo Dose.” The solution, which is not intended for humans, was used by UAF Community and Technical College Clinical Procedures Class students to practice injections on themselves and one another.

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April 21, 2014 - 5:24 pm
Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No Pipedream

Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No Pipedream

With an oversupply of natural gas in the country, Alaska is exploring the construction of a relatively small, low-pressure gasline within the state’s borders – while still holding out hope for a much larger project should prices improve.

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April 21, 2014 - 5:23 pm
Delta Air Lines performs a test flight into Juneau on Wednesday in preparation for daily service to Seattle starting May 29. (Photo by Doug Wahto)

Delta vs. Alaska: Dueling Airlines Benefit Juneau

In preparation for daily flights between Juneau and Seattle starting May 29, Delta Air Lines performed test flights in the capital city on Wednesday. For a long time, Alaska Airlines has been the only one flying that route.

Juneau is set to benefit from the competing partner airlines.

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April 21, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Earth Day Celebration Helps Mark Wilderness Act’s 50th Anniversary

Earth Day will be celebrated with a concert in Fairbanks on Tuesday. It’s part of a summer long series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws.

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April 21, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Alaska News Nightly: April 21, 2014

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution; Missed Deadline Pushes Initiatives To General Election; Alaska Becomes The Second State To Officially Recognize Indigenous Languages; ‘Demo Dose’ Lab Tests Find Bacteria; Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No Pipedream; Delta vs. Alaska: Dueling Airlines Benefit Juneau; Earth Day Celebration Helps Mark Wilderness Act’s 50th Anniversary

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April 21, 2014 - 5:12 pm
In the Senate gallery, an emotional Rep. Charisse Millett holds hands with Liz Medicine Crow while Senators debate the fate of the bill. The legislation, which passed moments later, makes 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages alongside English. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Alaska Becomes The Second State To Officially Recognize Indigenous Languages

Supporters of a bill to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages organized a 15 hour sit-in protest at the Capitol on Sunday. Their dedication paid off early this morning, when the measure passed the Alaska Senate on an 18-2 vote.

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April 21, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Legislature Passes Gov. Parnell’s LNG Pipeline Plan

The House voted 36-4 on the measure Sunday. The Senate later voted 16-4 to agree to the House changes. Senate Bill 138 would set state participation at about 25 percent in a project also being pursued TransCanada, the Alaska Gas-line Development Corp., and the North Slope’s major players. It would allow the project to move to a stage of preliminary engineering and design and cost refinement.

April 21, 2014 - 9:24 am