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Alaska lawmakers confirm attorney general, department heads

Alaska legislators confirmed Gov. Dunleavy cabinet appointees Tuesday, including commissioners of Public Safety and Revenue, and his Attorney General.
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Alaska House passes budget; PFD amount unsettled

The Alaska House passed a version of the state operating budget Monday that leaves for later debate over how much to pay residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund for this year’s dividend.
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Utah man charged with killing wife on cruise ship in Alaska had brain injury, says defense

Adefense expert says Kenneth Manzanares’ brain abnormalities are onsistent with injuries caused by playing contact sports.
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Dunleavy shares COVID vaccine with Canadian town

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has offered COVID-19 vaccines to residents of the small British Columbia town of Stewart, with hopes it could lead the Canadian government to ease restrictions between Stewart and the tiny Alaska border community of Hyder a couple miles away.
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NTSB: Obstructed views, lack of alerts caused midair crash

Obstructed views of the sky and problems with a system that alerts pilots to nearby planes were factors in a mid-air crash of Southeast Alaska sightseeing planes that killed six people two years ago, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined.
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Tshibaka resigns from Dunleavy administration and announces run for Murkowski’s US Senate seat

Kelly Tshibaka, who has led the sprawling Alaska Department of Administration since early 2019, in a statement said she is running “for the Alaskans who believe government is of the people, by the people and for the people. The D.C. insiders need to be held accountable to us.”
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Pandemic puts pause on on-site use for some Alaska pot shops

In 2020 regulators approved two on-site cannabis lounges in Alaska, but because of pandemic restrictions they haven't been able to open.
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Questions loom with Alaska COVID-19 declaration set to end

A disaster declaration is set to expire this weekend unless state lawmakers act to extend it, but with a unorganized legislature, it's not clear how that will happen.
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Dunleavy pitches another big PFD payment and a formula change

The $5,000 payout comes with a hitch: future payments would be reduced under a new formula.
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Dunleavy says he considers board appointments valid, despite no legislative approval

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he views as valid his appointment of a Revenue commissioner and picks for boards and commissions that the Legislature has not acted to confirm.
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Pandemic causes housing headaches for Alaska lawmakers returning to Juneau for next legislative session

Alaska lawmakers who each year relocate to a capital city accessible only by plane or boat are facing challenges in getting settled ahead of what is expected to be a difficult legislative session overshadowed by COVID-19.
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Wildlife service declines special protection request for tufted puffin

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said while tufted puffins may be experiencing a contraction on the southern end of their natural range, they remain in high abundance overall.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer seeks initiative audit to calm election questions

Meyer said the only reason he’s seeking an audit is because “so many people think our Dominion machines are faulty, corrupt and easily manipulated, and I think a lot of this is misinformation that’s coming from the national level.”
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Alaska governor defends virus approach amid criticism on all sides

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is walking the line between those who think he’s not doing enough to address rising case counts to those who think he’s been overreaching in his approach.