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National Guard Sexual Assault Survivor Speaks Out

A survivor of sexual assault in the military stepped forward Thursday at the urging of an Anchorage women’s political action group.

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September 11, 2014
Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Labor organizers say they’re ramping up the protest against the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Anchorage, where workers have been in contentious contract negotiations with the Texas-based company since 2009.

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September 11, 2014

Transportation Grant For Alaska Railroad’s Seward Dock

The city of Seward will benefit from a two point five million dollar federal grant that was announced on Tuesday.

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September 10, 2014
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UAA Receives Grant For FASD Prevention Work

As part of a national effort to curb risky drinking habits and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the Center for Disease Control awarded grants to six universities across the country – including the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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September 10, 2014

Pacific Walrus Decline May Have Halved Population

Pacific walrus populations in Alaska’s Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea area halved between 1981 and 1999. New research indicates that the decline may have slowed down in the years before 2000.

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September 9, 2014

Glenn Highway Project Aimed At Easing Eagle River Commute

New Eagle River bridge will be built as part of the Glenn Highway widening project in Eagle River.

September 9, 2014

Wasilla VA Clinic Without Doctors

The Wasilla Veterans Affairs clinic is without a doctor. Two physicians there have decided not to renew their contracts, and now one nurse practitioner is handling the patient caseload.

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September 8, 2014
Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

The Anchorage School District is trying to decide if 6th graders should be placed in elementary or middle schools. Currently there are some in each. District staff have been weighing the options for more than a year because it impacts future school infrastructure upgrades. They’re also looking at what’s best for the students academically. Some 6th graders think middle school is definitely the way to go.

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September 8, 2014

Two Charged In Fatal Anchorage Shooting

Two people were arrested and charged in a fatal shooting in East Anchorage last week.

September 8, 2014

Seward Coal Dumping Case Referred Back To Lower Court

Ongoing case against coal pollution in Seward thrown back to lower court by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Three judges of the Ninth Circuit met in Anchorage in August.

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September 4, 2014
YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

Women in Alaska earn significantly less than men, and the YWCA is setting out to change that. Their new initiative aims to close the wage gap by 2025. One of the solutions may be simple–encourage more women to join the trades.

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September 4, 2014

California Company Pitches LNG Project At Port MacKenzie

A California energy company is exploring constructing a liquified natural gas plant at Port MacKenzie to supply gas to interior Alaska and the railbelt. WesPac representatives outlined the plan to the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly last week.

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September 4, 2014
Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Elodea, the waterway clogging invasive plant, has been identified for the first time in a Matanuska-Susitna Borough lake.

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September 4, 2014
Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

The Bill Walker and Byron Mallott campaigns have joined forces to defeat Governor Sean Parnell in November. They’re calling their combined campaign the Alaska First Unity ticket. The pair announced their decision at a packed press conference Monday afternoon.

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September 2, 2014
Former UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb. (Photo courtesy UAA Athletics)

Former UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb Passes Away

Former University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb, age 55, passed away Monday night in Florida. The cause of death is currently unavailable.

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September 2, 2014

Freedom Summer Marks 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when civil rights activists from across the United States joined together to register black voters in the Deep South. It was a summer marred by violence and filled with hope for much of the country. But in Alaska,things were different.

September 1, 2014

ENSTAR strike ends without a new contract

The ENSTAR operating employees strike is over, but the workers do not have a new contract. After two and a half weeks, they voted to return to work today.

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August 28, 2014

Post-Ferguson, APD stands by civil unrest preparation plans

The Anchorage Police Department says they are ready if civil unrest breaks out in Alaska’s largest city, like it did in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month. But their main tactic is being as transparent and open as possible so that riots don’t happen in the first place.

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August 27, 2014
Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

The winner in this year’s Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin weigh-off tips the scales, but doesn’t break the record.

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August 26, 2014

Borough To Ask Ferry Debt Forgiveness

The Matanuska Susitna Borough is appealing to top US officials to resolve the Borough’s $12 million ferry debt.

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August 22, 2014