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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
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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

Mat Su Borough Looks Ahead to 2015 Legislature

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly is wrestling with it’s legislative wish list for next year. At a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Borough officials outlined the top twenty projects that could use state funding..plus a few more. And now the task at hand is to narrow that list down to the top five.

August 6, 2014 - 12:28 pm
APD arrests alleged serial rapist

APD arrests alleged serial rapist

Anchorage police have arrested an alleged serial rapist and charged him with 10 counts of sexual assault. Thirty-five year old Clifford Lee of Anchorage was apprehended on Thursday evening.

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August 5, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Alaska Man Missing in Costa Rica

The son of a noted Alaska outdoorsman is lost in a Central American jungle.

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August 1, 2014 - 5:25 pm

DOC Releases New Information Policy

After a string of prisoner deaths this year, the state Department of Corrections has posted on its website its policy regarding the release of information to the public in the event of an inmate death.

August 1, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Linc Energy Seeks Tyonek Coal Permit

Australian – based Linc Energy seeks to further exploration activities in Cook Inlet.

August 1, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Anchorage labor law battle nearing an end…maybe

The Anchorage Assembly and municipal unions might be close to a compromise on the city’s labor laws. The groups met for their final work session on Friday to discuss Assembly member Jennifer Johnston’s proposed labor ordinance. But the unions say there are still three major sticking points.

August 1, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Borough Could Be First To Allow Lifetime Auto Registration

The Matanuska Susitna Borough could be the first government to give the nod to lifetime vehicle registration. That’s if legislation aimed at supporting a new state law is accepted by the Borough Assembly.

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July 31, 2014 - 10:55 am

Anchorage economic outlook slow to moderate

Consumers in Anchorage are feeling positive. The city’s Consumer Optimism Index has reached a four-year high — 63 out of 100. The score is based on random phone surveys of at least 350 households. But the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says that doesn’t mean everything is looking up. The three-year outlook for Anchorage shows only slow to moderate economic growth.

July 30, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Port MacKenzie Poised For Post-Oil Economy

Earlier this month, on July 14, the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s Port MacKenzie took on a load of sixteen miles of cement-coated pipe from a foreign vessel. The pipe now rests at the Port, awaiting shipment to Nikiski to be used in construction of a new Cook Inlet oil platform. Although the pipe shipment has boosted Borough revenues, some are asking questions about whether the port will ever be profitable.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Assembly to decide on AO-37 on Tuesday, still discussing possible alternative

Assembly members and union representatives met on Monday to discuss the latest revisions of a proposed new version of Anchorage’s controversial labor law, AO-37. The Assembly has to make a decision by next week, or it will be up for a public vote in November.

July 29, 2014 - 8:32 am
Graff introduces members of the Class of 2027 during the State of the Schools speech.

“State of the Schools” shows progress for Anchorage students and need for innovation

The superintendent of the Anchorage School District presented his State of the Schools speech to a group of principals and community members Friday morning. New data shows that the schools are improving but still have a ways to go. New programs can help.

July 25, 2014 - 3:20 pm
Test results from samples at Cuddy Park pond. The blue dots are E. coli (photo courtesy of Anchorage Waterways Council)

Fecal Bacteria Contaminates Many Anchorage Waterways

Scores of rivers, creeks, and streams flow through Anchorage. People fish in them, play in them, and swim in them. But the city’s seemingly pristine watershed has a dirty secret: it’s largely contaminated with fecal bacteria.

July 25, 2014 - 10:58 am
People packed the room to listen to Enstar's explanation of the precipitous rate increase.

Community protests Enstar rate volatility

Community members packed the hearing room of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Wednesday morning in Anchorage. They pushed for consistent gas pricing from Enstar in response to a recent big jump in rates.

July 23, 2014 - 4:07 pm
Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

Anchorage’s Fairview neighborhood now has a new tool to encourage development – a tax abatement incentive. The Assembly voted unanimously to approve the measure on Tuesday night.

July 22, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends Mourn

Three bicyclists have been killed by vehicles in Anchorage this year. The most recent was Fifty-one-year-old Jeff Dusenbury, who was hit by a pickup truck in South Anchorage Saturday. Fellow cyclists are mourning his death and waiting for the outcome of the District Attorney’s investigation.

July 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm