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Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)

Gov. Bill Walker has hired Craig Richards as an oil and gas consultant, less than a month after Richards resigned as Alaska's attorney general. Listen now
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State troopers reported the drowning death of two people from the Northwest community of Noorvik this week. Listen now

The Alaska Division of Public Health is investigating salmonella infections in the Bethel area. A team is in Bethel to track down the source of the infection. Listen now

The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in Alaska today. The patient was treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka. The patient, a male from the midwest, traveled in Central America before arriving in Alaska, where he began to experience unusual symptoms. Listen now

Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. Over 132 years of commercial effort, now more than two billion salmon have been harvested from the Bay’s waters. In fact, the two billionth salmon was landed sometime, by someone, on July 6, 2016. Listen now

This week we’re hearing from Trevor Shaw of Ketchikan. He’s an Alaska Delegate who’s been attending the Republican National Convention this week.

The Kenai River is seeing less sockeye in recent days but more fishing opportunity starting July 22.

Wet weather has brought much-needed relief to the ongoing effort to control the McHugh Creek fire in southeast Anchorage. Listen now

The Alaska Supreme Court overturned the state's parental notification law for minors who are seeking abortions. The voter-passed initiative required unmarried women under 18 who wanted to terminate their pregnancies to notify their parents 48 hours before the procedure. The court deemed it unconstitutional. Listen now

In many communities across Western Alaska, populations are rising, but housing has failed to keep up. In the late 1990s the tribal government in Stebbins took control over housing from the regional non-profit. Listen now

A Metlakatla resident is heading to the City of Brotherly Love next week as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

The number of reported rapes in Juneau nearly tripled from 2014 to 2015. That increase is from more rapes being reported, but also because the Juneau Police Department had been under-counting rapes in its annual report. Listen now

Rain dampening McHugh Fire, officials say prospects are good; Walker vetoes bills allowing lawmakers on gas pipeline board, insurers to use credit scores; gusto levels vary as Alaskans embrace Trump; B.C. mine officials announce new changes to mining code; Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disaster; Southeast’s Columbia ferry stalls in Petersburg; ADN owner responds to $1 million dollar lawsuit; a closer look at the ship bringing high-speed internet to Western Alaska; researchers study webcams to look at human connection with bears;

The Republican Convention ends tonight in Cleveland with a big speech by the party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Alaska, of course, favored Cruz in the GOP vote in March. Are Alaska delegates now lining up behind their nominee? Yes. Mostly. Listen now

Governor Bill Walker vetoed two bills this week that would have allowed legislators to serve on the board overseeing gas pipeline development, and insurers to use credit scores to adjust rates. Listen now

The owner of the Alaska Dispatch News has submitted a response to a $1 million lawsuit filed against her. Listen now
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One of Southeast Alaska’s ferries stalled near Petersburg on Wednesday. Listen now

Western Alaska just got one step closer to high-speed internet. Listen now

Wrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent. Listen now

Two years after one of the worst mine disasters in Canada’s history, mine officials in British Columbia are rolling out new mining codes. Listen now