Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
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Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz
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Pandemic makes Alaska Bar exam too risky, new law grads say

Law school graduates are petitioning for safer alternatives to gathering indoors for a two-day test.
A man in a suit stands at a podium that says on it "alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium," as does the backdrop. To the viewers right is Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young. All three are wearing masks.

Health secretary lauds Alaska Native communities for response to pandemic

“The creativity of Alaska Native communities has helped you adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic," Sec. Alex Azar said.
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Border woes: When Canada says no

Kathryn Miller of Juneau doesn't know why she was denied entrance to Canada at Beaver Creek in late July. Alaskans who are going home are generally considered essential travelers, but the...

6 things you need to know about Alaska’s new travel rules

Alaska is imposing new testing requirements. Here's what travelers need to know.
A man reaches across the frame to shake hands with another man in a school cafeteria. Political placards are in the background, as is one man wearing a "Mike Dunleavy for governor" t-shirt.

Prevo selected to run Liberty University in Falwell’s absence

Liberty University has selected retired Anchorage Baptist Temple Pastor Jerry Prevo to be the interim president of the school.

Murkowski, Sullivan back Senate bill to help Postal Service

Alaska’s U.S. senators have signed on to the Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act. It has aid for USPS that Senate leaders left out of their latest coronavirus relief bill.
Donald Trump Jr. and his son in river shallows. Trump jr. holds in front of him a sockeye salmon that is bright red with a green head.

Donald Trump Jr. tweets his opposition to Pebble Mine

Opponents of the Pebble Mine found a gift on Twitter Tuesday: Donald Trump Jr. declared he’s against the mine.
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Katherine Gottlieb to resign from Southcentral Foundation

Katherine Gottlieb is resigning as president and chief executive of Southcentral Foundation. The news comes two weeks after Southcentral fired her husband.

Murkowski condemns Trump tweet predicting election fraud: ‘This is not leadership from the White House’

Sen. Murkowski says President Trump undermines faith in the legitimacy of American democracy by suggesting the 2020 election will be fraudulent.

With Alaska at ‘income cliff,’ labor calls on US senators to fight for unemployment benefits

The $600 weekly unemployment checks end this week. Alaska's senators are saying whether they'll join the fight to extend them.

With permit for controversial mine nearly in hand, Pebble CEO says he’s sure opposition will soften

Pebble Chief Executive Tom Collier said it’s the most significant day for the proposed mine n 15 years.

Pebble Mine to clear environmental review this week, but is it ‘practicable’?

The Pebble Mine becomes a step closer to reality this week but legal questions remain.
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State reports 49 new cases in daily COVID-19 count

After days of relatively high case counts, a slight reprieve: State health officials on Friday reported that they've identified just 49 new cases of COVID-19.

Caribou heart was ‘a gift,’ says activist after disruption at Sullivan event

An activist brought a caribou heart to protest Sen. Sullivan's support of drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

Seward’s SeaLife Center warns it may have to close and send its animals away

The survival of the SeaLife Center is in jeopardy. It has a $2 million hole in its budget.

Bill to hobble development of ANWR and Tongass advances in US House

A House committee approved a bill that would erect barriers to oil development in the Arctic Refuge and logging in the Tongass National Forest.

Wealthy and well-connected Alaska firms among those gaining most from PPP

The SBA has released the names of Alaska companies that scored the largest share of Alaska's $1.2 billion in PPP funds.

BP and Hilcorp can keep business info private, state regulator says

Hilcorp and BP don’t have to publicly disclose details surrounding the sale of BP’s assets.

Sullivan disparages NYT report that Russia paid Taliban bounties to kill Americans

Sen. Sullivan casts doubt on a New York Times report that Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops.

Defund the police? Murkowski says no. But she says they don’t need bayonets.

Sen. Murkowski is against defunding police, but she wouldn’t mind disarming them of weapons of war.