Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The act aims to improve student reading outcomes across the state by third grade. Some rural legislators are skeptical about the bill’s requirements for school districts.
The state is reviewing whether it’s legal for families to use homeschool funds to pay for private school. Also, Anchorage plans to close its main homeless shelter by the end of the month. Today is Walter Harper Day, and a group wants to honor the first person to set foot atop North America's highest peak.
A special election candidate loans hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign. Also, foster children get support in their lawsuit over the state using their social security benefits. The Anchorage Assembly wants answers from the mayor about working conditions at the library.
The group is asking senators to expand background checks for all gun sales, pass a federal "red flag" law and confirm President Biden's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Candidates finish filing their paperwork ahead of crowded statewide elections. After hours of public testimony, the Anchorage Assembly postpones its vote on a process to remove the mayor. A possum walks into a New York City bar, and an Alaskan carries it out.
Just before the end of the legislative session, state senators voted to table a bill that would have enacted similar restrictions statewide.
It’s part of a national effort to establish one suicide hotline number across the country.
The new strain of bird flu is detected in a fox in the Aleutian Islands. Also, a bill awaiting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s signature could help seafood processors grow. And high school students in Petersburg travel by helicopter to study a nearby glacier.
Ballots have been mailed out to registered voters, but if you’d rather vote in person, you can go to one of 170 voting sites.
The district says increasing security at school entrances is a high priority after a high school student in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school on Tuesday.
The Anchorage School District prioritizes security upgrades after Tuesday's school shooting in Texas. Also, where candidates in the special election for U.S. House stand on abortion. And the Sitka resident behind the musical skills of one Spongebob Squarepants character.
As COVID cases and hospitalizations increase in Alaska, health officials urge caution for older adults
The state department of health reported 1,911 cases on Wednesday. That’s a 14% increase from the previous week, and a 34% increase from this time last month.
Alaskan parents are taking to Facebook to help each other find baby formula, which is in limited supply nationwide after a recall by a major brand.
The grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will fund the construction of new laboratories and classrooms. That expansion will allow the university to graduate an additional 100 healthcare workers annually.