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A second day of search efforts are underway for a plane that went missing between Port Alsworth and Anchorage Wednesday. Four people from Port Alsworth were onboard. Listen Now

Former state Rep. Mike Kelly died Wednesday in a plane crash, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m., 17 miles southeast of Kelly’s hometown of Fairbanks on Fort Wainwright, according to the Alaska State Troopers. Listen Now

More people who speak Alaska Native languages but who have limited English proficiency will receive translated sample ballots and other election material. That’s due to changes the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Monday. Listen Now

It was two years in the making, but it seems Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s energy bill is now dead. Murkowski says House leaders stopped negotiating on the bill, which included Republican and Democratic priorities. Listen Now

On Monday morning, Fairbanks International Airport Police Officers arrested 40-year-old Kevin Trask, who had been on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's most wanted list, and was evading police since 2012.

President-elect Donald Trump has called for a much bigger military, and Congress took a step in that direction today. Listen Now

An online controversy spread to the halls of city government in Anchorage on Tuesday, with accusations flying about fake news, liberal media bias, and a militant Islamic training camp in Wasilla that does not exist.

Congress set up the Alaska Mental Health Trust in 1956 to make sure the state could provide mental health care programs to its residents far into the future. But the Trust has had a tumultuous history, and now, some state leaders fear it could be in danger once more. Legislators are considering a special audit of the Trust and how the trustees are investing its money.Listen Now

Trump taps petrol industry ally for top EPA job; Accusations of fake news and Islamophobia fill Anchorage Assembly; Two missing after vessel sinks near Priest Rock; UAF rape victim speaks out following investigation completion; Money management at Mental Health Trust raises concerns; NTSB: 1 dead in plane crash in Alaska; How much oil is really in ANWR? Listen Now

Two people are missing after a commercial fishing vessel sank near Unalaska Tuesday night, forcing crew members to abandon ship. Listen Now
(Creative Commons photo by Jimmy Emerson)

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has completed investigation of a campus rape case. Citing confidentiality rules, the university will not comment on the September 2016 case, but the victim is again speaking out. Listen Now

The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ranks as one of the most controversial chunks of land in Alaska. Since Congress set it aside for more study in 1980, environmental groups, politicians and the industry have battled over whether to explore for oil there or to protect the wilderness forever. Listen Now
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Galena School Board President Kim Kopp has been recalled.

President-elect Donald Trump has selected a friend of the oil and gas industry to be EPA administrator: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Sen. Dan Sullivan says he'll curtail EPA "overreach." Environmentalists say Pruitt disagrees with the EPA mission. Listen Now

Alaska’s endangered Steller sea lion population continues its precipitous decline. The 2016 survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows an overall increase in the number of Steller sea lions across Alaska, but a mysterious drop in parts of the western stock. Listen Now

Alaska’s petroleum-based economy means there are many opportunities for toxic petroleum-based spills. At least 80 percent of the contaminated sites that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation deals with have petroleum products in them. Now, the Department is making moves to update the decades-old protocols it uses when petrochemicals leak into the soil and water. Listen Now

The price to plug in could become a little cheaper for electric vehicle owners in Juneau. That’s because the city’s privately-owned electric utility is trying to expand a program, aimed at shifting when those drivers juice their cars. Listen Now

Missing Fairbanks octogenarian found dead; Eric Jewkes to become new Fairbanks police chief; Trump transition team adds Alaskan as tribal liaison; Alaska Airlines gets US approval to buy Virgin America; 3 people injured in west midtown Anchorage shooting; Department of Environmental Conservation to update oil spill rules; Alaska Mental Heath Trust looks to Icy Cape sands for resources; Mysterious sea lion decline persists in western Alaska; Juneau under winter storm warning; Sitka bears still awake looking for trash; Mysterious beak deformities may be caused by virus; Plugging in could be cheaper for Juneau’s electric vehicle owners in 2017 Listen Now

It’s been almost 20 years since large numbers of birds with unusually long beaks first appeared in Alaska. The birds, whose beaks grow at twice the normal rate, often die from starvation because they can’t feed themselves. Researchers now believe a virus may be causing the beak deformities. Listen Now
Snow covers Mount Juneau, Sunday, Oct. 16. (Photo by Tripp Crouse/KTOO)

Juneau is under a winter storm warning and forecasters are expecting one of the city's heaviest snowfalls in years. Listen Now