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State House votes to reinstate bigger PFD checks

Kitchenman/AKPM – Juneau

The Alaska House voted to restore Permanent Fund dividends to the full amount of roughly twenty-two hundred dollars this fall.

Fate of Assembly members hangs in balance of uncounted votes in Homer recall election

Aaron Bolton/KBBI – Homer

The votes are all in for Homer’s recall election of three liberal city council members. But the results are not yet clear. The politically divided town will remain in limbo until absentee votes are counted Friday.

Congress: baseball game will go on after shooting

Liz Ruskin/Lori Townsend/AKPM – Washington, D.C., Anchorage

As you’ve probably heard by now, 5 people were shot this morning at a baseball diamond in Virginia, where the Republican team was practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. We asked our Washington correspondent, Liz Ruskin to tell us what the day was like at the Capitol.

Parking changes coming to Anchorage’s downtown corridor

Zachariah Hughes/AKPM – Anchorage

There’s a battle brewing in Anchorage over parking. It centers on a new plan to start charging at parking meters during weekends. As Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes reports, the debate is over whether the changes will drive business in or out of the area.

Union treasurer charged with embezzling almost $200,000

Casey Grove/AKPM – Anchorage

The former treasurer of an entertainment industry union that raked in money during Alaska’s film-making boom is charged with stealing nearly 200,000 dollars from the union. Sixty-two-year-old Anchorage resident Ann Reddig is charged with embezzlement and forgery.

Overdue fishermen found dead near Unalakleet

AP – Unalakleet

The bodies of two fishermen missing from a western Alaska village have been recovered. Searchers Tuesday found the bodies of 55-year-old Peter Nanouk and 35-year-old Justin Nanouk of Unalakleet near the mouth of the Golsovia River about 20 miles south of the village.

Search called off for two missing in skiff near Wales

AP – Wales

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man and a boy missing on a boating trip out of the Bering Strait village of Wales. The 23-year-old man and 14-year-old boy launched a wooden rowboat at 2 a.m. Sunday. They were not wearing life jackets.

Sewer replacement project unearths old artifacts

Robert Woolsey/KCAW – Sitka

A sewer replacement project in Sitka has turned up more evidence that one of Alaska’s oldest cities has been inhabited for a long, long time.
A stone tool — resembling a wedge, or striker — was unearthed in an excavation beneath a street in downtown Sitka, and may never have been found, but for a retired anthropologist who knew what to look for.