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APOC Dismisses SOS Initiative Complaint

The Alaska Public Offices Commission has dismissed a complaint over a ballot initiative aimed at the Pebble Mine project.

Virginia Court Rules Against Kivalina in Favor of Insurance Company

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled against the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina in favor of an insurance company in a case that legal experts say is the first in the nation on whether insurers may be liable for claims arising from global warming.

Fort Wainwright Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

A Texas soldier based at Fort Wainwright has been killed in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Alaska officials in a release Friday identified the soldier as 26-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez Jr. of Pharr, Texas.

Two Arrested in Beating of Homeless Man

A man and a juvenile are in custody, accused of beating a homeless man in east Anchorage.

Arctic Ice Melts to Second Lowest Recorded Level

The National Snow and Ice Data Center says Arctic sea ice melted this summer to the second lowest level since scientists started keeping records more than 50 years ago.

Fuel Spilled After Vessel Loses Power, Drifts into Channel Rocks

There is a fuel spill near the harbor in Nome. The Department of Environmental Conservation says a vessel was towing a barge Saturday when it lost propulsion and drifted into channel rocks.

Man Dies in State Maximum Security Prison

A man died in the state's maximum security prison in Seward and it is under investigation by the state Bureau of Investigation, who will not speculate on a cause of death for Egan J Tommy, 24, until they get a report from the state medical examiner.

Cleveland Volcano Alert Level Raised

The lava dome at a remote Alaska volcano has resumed growing, prompting officials to raise its alert level.

Man in Jail After Biting Airplane Crew Member

A 39-year-old man is in custody after he tried to rush the exit door of an Alaska Airlines jet as it was taxiing to a gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

One Pilot Dies in Midair Crash Near Nightmute

Two planes flown by lone commercial pilots who were friends collided outside of Nightmute Friday. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Revered Alaska Artist Passes Away at 91

John Hoover, a revered artist in Alaska who used imagery and tales from Native traditions in contemporary works, has died at 91.

Judge Gives Prosecution Time to Make Decision on Key Figure in Corruption Case

A federal judge in Anchorage is giving prosecutors more time to decide whether to call a key figure in the corruption retrial of former state lawmaker Vic Kohring.

Fairbanks Girl Treated for Gunshot Sound

A 3-year-old Fairbanks girl was treated in Anchorage after suffering a gunshot wound over the weekend. The child was seriously injured Friday afternoon at an apartment building in south Fairbanks.

Ferry Returns to Service

The Alaska state ferry Fairweather will return to service this weekend. Alaska Marine Highway Director Mike Neussel says repairs have been completed on the water jet that sprung a leak in late August.

State Appealing Federal Protection for Polar Bears

The state of Alaska is appealing a federal ruling that upholds a 2008 decision to give polar bears federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Officials Search for Cost of Endangered Species Act Listings

State officials are also soliciting proposals for an analysis of the economic costs of Endangered Species Act listings.

Former Anchorage Teachers Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison

A former Anchorage high school choir instructor will serve 13 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of sexually abusing a minor.

Legislators Attend Council of State Governments – West Conference

At least one-fifth of the Alaska Legislature attended a conference in Hawaii this month, at a cost of nearly $35,000 so far.

Request Yields No Independent Audit Proposals for Goose Creek Correctional Center

No one responded to the Senate Finance Committee’s request for proposals for an independent audit of the Goose Creek Correctional Center.

BOEMRE Says it Has Corrected Flaws Made Prior to Chukchi Sea Lease

The federal agency overseeing offshore petroleum drilling says it has corrected flaws in environmental work done ahead of a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea.