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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Iditarod finalizes its COVID mitigation plan, and at least one popular village won't be a checkpoint this year. Also, the legal and regulatory battle over a gas leak in Cook Inlet continues.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Lawmakers oppose a vaccine requirement for truck drivers through Canada. Also, how disaster declarations for Alaska fisheries could bring in new federal funding. And a look at the rapid weekend warm-up in Southcentral.
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Anchorage School District asks community for input on superintendent search

The final virtual town hall is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. The school district’s community survey closes Feb. 2.
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Alaska reports 21 COVID deaths and thousands of new cases

The new case count on Friday totaled more than 3,000, with new infections over the weekend dropping to fewer than 1,500 each day. The numbers do not include at-home test results.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, January 24, 2022

Lawmakers oppose a vaccine requirement for truck drivers through Canada. Also, how disaster declarations for Alaska fisheries could bring in new federal funding. And a look at the rapid weekend warm-up in Southcentral.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, January 21, 2022

The Iditarod finalizes its COVID mitigation plan, and at least one popular village won't be a checkpoint this year. Also, the legal and regulatory battle over a gas leak in Cook Inlet continues.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, January 20, 2022

Witnesses take the stand in a trial over a decades-old cold case murder. Also, the struggle with healthcare worker staffing amid the omicron variant surge continues. And how COVID-19 continues to impact Alaska's seafood industry.
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For many young Anchorage students, meeting pre-pandemic reading goals is still a challenge

Many kindergarteners, first graders and second graders in Anchorage are struggling to catch up on reading skills. That’s according to data the Anchorage School Board shared at its meeting Tuesday night.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Alaska reaches a new COVID milestone. As the state Supreme Court upholds ranked choice voting, the governor wants other election reforms. And the state's Department of Fish and Game has announced the largest-ever harvest guideline for Sitka sac roe herring.
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The number of Alaskan COVID deaths now tops 1,000

The state health department on Wednesday reported an additional 63 COVID deaths among Alaskans, the youngest in his 30s and the oldest in her 90s.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Lawmakers seek answers about the sudden firing of the Permanent Fund Director. Also, the state Supreme Court hears a challenge to ranked choice voting. And how the recipient of a Governor’s Arts and Humanities award is preserving his local dialect.
The Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

Anchorage hospitals tighten visitor restrictions as COVID surge presses on

The city’s three major hospitals are no longer allowing visitors for adults in the emergency room.
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Alaska attorneys offer free legal help at annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day clinic

More than 80 people signed up for Monday’s event. Since the annual clinic started 13 years ago, the Alaska Bar Association has helped more than 4,000 low to moderate income Alaskans.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, January 17, 2022

The Alaska Legislature supports a student lawsuit over scholarship funds. Also, how attorneys are closing a gap in legal services on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And a mussel mortality mystery in Skagway.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, January 14, 2022

The sudden firing of the Permanent Fund Corporation Director leaves some lawmakers concerned. Also, what a jump in case numbers and supply constraints mean for COVID treatment. And Juneau's high school basketball players no longer have to wear masks on the court.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, January 13, 2022

School districts around the state face COVID-related absences and staff shortages. Plus, Gov. Mike Dunleavy declares a disaster in some areas of Southeast after a series of damaging storms. And Petersburg fires a police officer for an offensive Facebook post.
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Mask debates, staff shortages stress Anchorage teachers as omicron spreads

School districts around the country are debating mask mandates, COVID testing requirements, and whether schools should move to remote learning as omicron spreads. In Anchorage, student and staff absences are increasing, and teachers are frustrated. 
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Anchorage hospitals try to cope as Alaska notches record-breaking COVID case counts. Also, how sporadic winter ferry service is impacting Southeast communities. And Ketchikan reacts to the Alaska Board of Fisheries moving their March meeting to Anchorage.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

How the omicron variant could impact hospitals. Also, the winner of the Copper Basin 300 reflects on the sled dog race. And collapsed roofs and flooding follow rain and snow in Juneau.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, January 10, 2022

Anchorage residents spend hours waiting for COVID tests as case numbers increase. Also, why some residents of the Interior oppose a new highway construction project. And how Russian Orthodox parishioners in Bristol Bay celebrated Christmas.