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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
After three decades, the Anchorage School District says goodbye to an educator. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Teacher’s Pet: A Four-Legged Educator Retires

The Anchorage School District recently said goodbye to one of its longest-serving and most unusual educators. What’s more, the departure leaves the district with a gap not likely to be soon filled.

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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

Settlement in Mt. Marathon Race Suit

The Seward Chamber of Commerce has been cleared of any negligence in the death of a Mt. Marathon race runner.

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October 16, 2014

Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit

A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.

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October 14, 2014

Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.

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October 14, 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

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

Unofficial Mat-Su Borough Election Results

Matanuska Susitna Borough voters elected two Borough Assembly seats on Tuesday.

October 7, 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
HUD Grants Aimed at Alaska Native Housing Projects

HUD Grants Aimed at Alaska Native Housing Projects

US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Announces millions of dollars in housing grants for Alaska Native and American Indian Tribal Organizations.

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October 6, 2014

Mat Su Borough Election Propositions

Voters in the Matanuska Susitna Borough will be asked to decide on two ballot propositions on Borough election day October 7.

October 3, 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

Mat Su Borough District 5 Race

Two political newcomers are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s District 5 seat, since incumbent Darcie Salmon has decided to retire. Borough elections are set for October 7, and the heat is building up in this, the only contested race, which pits two long time community leaders, Bill Kendig and Dan Mayfield, against each other to represent the Borough’s fast growing industrial area.

October 2, 2014