Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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Casey Grove is host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media. cgrove [at] alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8446 | About Casey
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 24, 2020

Pebble mine opponents say a new federal requirement effectively ends the project. And, Pacific Islanders in Alaska deal with a high rate of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Plus, a ton of salmon data helped answer a question that biologists have been puzzling over.

Charges: Alaska doctor stole millions through unnecessary urine tests

The doctor allegedly sent his patients' urine samples to a lab in Tennessee that he owns, charging up to $8,000 per test.
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LISTEN: As school starts, here’s the latest science on kids and coronavirus

Dr. Elizabeth Ohlsen, a public health physician with the State of Alaska, explains the latest science of how the coronavirus impacts children and how to mitigate the spread of the disease in schools.
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Voters in 6 villages will have no polling places

A spokesperson said despite raising the hourly rate for the temporary workers, the division was unable to overcome fears about the spread of coronavirus.

Questions remain after GCI sells television assets to competitor

The future is uncertain for many employees of Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA, after the television station’s owner, telecommunications company GCI,announced in late July it is getting out of the broadcast television business.

Charges: Meth-fueled hallucinations led to Eagle River’s neighbor-on-neighbor shooting spree

An Eagle River man is charged with shooting his sleeping neighbor through the neighbor’s bedroom window while on meth early Thursday.

Police shoot Eagle River neighborhood gunman who injured 1

Police Chief Justin Doll told reporters later Thursday that, according to preliminary information, investigators believe the suspect had moved around the neighborhood while shooting. A resident at a home into which the man shot called 911 about 6:20 a.m., Doll said.

Two Anchorage police officers indicted, suspended in alleged assault of man who frequently recorded police

An Anchorage police officer has been indicted for assaulting a man while serving him with a bicycle citation in 2019 and, along with another officer, on charges of tampering with public records.

Stebbins teacher arrested after sexually explicit chats with girl

Lon Dean Gillas, 65, is alleged to have used his Google account with the Bering Strait School District to chat about sex and BDSM with a 16-year-old girl, and to ask her for explicit photos.

The state is starting to buy land for a wider, safer ‘KGB’ Road. But not everybody is in a selling mood.

The Alaska Department of Transportation is starting to make offers on private land it needs to widen a section of Knik-Goose Bay Road on the edge of Wasilla. The road has seen ever-increasing traffic on a two-lane design intended for fewer vehicles.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 24, 2020

A lawsuit over absentee ballot applications for the upcoming election heads to federal court. And the Food Bank of Alaska says it's seeing far more people in need amid the pandemic. Plus, Sand Point, close to Tuesday's earthquake, deals with the damage.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, July 23, 2020

A lawsuit over absentee ballot applications for the upcoming election heads to federal court. And the Food Bank of Alaska says it's seeing far more people in need amid the pandemic. Plus, Sand Point, close to Tuesday's earthquake, deals with the damage.

Anchorage residents should not have gotten tsunami phone alert after Aleutian quake, warning center says

While the overlapping zones for tsunami alerts have, in the past, led to alerts in Anchorage out of an abundance of caution, the Tsunami Warning Center says the one that pinged some phones in Anchorage Tuesday night should not have.

LISTEN: Why ignoring tsunami warnings, even after ‘false’ alarms, could kill you

What if people evacuate, time after time, only to find out later a predicted tsunami was only an inch or two high? Experts like Humboldt State University Geologist Lori Dengler say, even so, they hope anyone in a tsunami zone knows their life could be in danger and they should be ready to evacuate.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Anchorage announces a new mandate scaling back bar and restaurant capacity. And state lawmakers consider expanding a court system that focuses on treatment instead of prison time.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

So far, fishing towns have stayed largely safe from fishing industry COVID-19 cases. And Alaska teachers voice concerns about returning to the classroom. Plus, a show tunes singer who usually performs for cruise ship tourists takes his act to the Juneau IGA instead.
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No more prison time for Anchorage man who shot mom and sister as a juvenile

Now that he is 20 -- the age limit for juvenile custody -- and the case against him has been resolved in court, Corbin Duke walked out of the Anchorage courtroom with no additional jail time or conditions of release, after about four years at a juvenile detention facility.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 20, 2020

The Army Corps of Engineers prepares to publish an important Pebble Mine study later this week. And Anchorage officials defend the city's plan to expand services for the homeless.Plus, the cruise ships may be absent but tourists are still visiting Juneau.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 17, 2020

A surge in Covid-19 cases in Anchorage has local health officials sounding the alarm. And how doctors like Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink are avoiding the virus in their own lives. Plus, a late-night kitten rescue in Ketchikan.

LISTEN: Anchorage union president says teachers are concerned about returning to classrooms

With Covid-19 cases on the rise in Anchorage and elsewhere in Alaska, and the first day of school, Aug. 20, a little more than a month out, some parents and teachers think the district's plan is not cautious enough.