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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 27, 2020

Ketchikan grapples with the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the state. Plus: Small businesses in Alaska are re-tooling to manufacture supplies to help fight the outbreak. And, how to safely have fun outdoors during the pandemic.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, March 26, 2020

What the massive national stimulus package means for Alaskans. Plus: Stylists and tattoo artists aren't working right now, but most don't qualify for unemployment. And, a bartender in Sitka creates a virtual experience for his customers.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Safety precautions lead to major changes in Alaska's court system, as it tries to protect people's civil rights as well as their health. Plus: coronavirus concerns force businesses that rely on summer tourism to lay off workers. And, a Petersburg resident died of COVID-19 in Seattle. His son describes what happened.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Alaska lawmakers consider legislation to help workers sidelined by the coronavirus crisis. Plus: workers traveling from Outside begin to navigate new quarantine rules in the state. And, the University of Alaska system takes another step towards degree program cuts amidst a global crisis.

Distance-learning lesson plans take shape as Alaska’s students settle in for coronavirus closure

Melin says each of Alaska’s 54 school districts will handle remote education differently.

Staff member at Chugiak High School tests positive for COVID-19

Anchorage School District staff were alerted to this information Monday afternoon.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, March 23, 2020

The Alaska Senate passes a state budget that includes a thousand-dollar stimulus payment. Plus: Anchorage School District employees deliver thousands of meals daily to students during the coronavirus closure. And, a distillery in Fairbanks finds a new use for the barley it normally turns into vodka.

Anchorage mayor urges panic-shoppers to ‘stay chill’ – goods are flowing into the state without problems, shippers say

Shipments will continue to arrive at the Port of Alaska as regularly scheduled on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 20, 2020

Governor Dunleavy calls for a supplemental Permanent Fund Dividend in April. Plus: University of Alaska Anchorage students pack up their dorms and move off campus. And, how to protect your mental health in a time of uncertainty.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Economists expect the coronavirus will have a significant impact the state's economy. Plus: The state says the capacity to test for COVID-19 is improving, but not perfect. And, a federal employee in Skagway says his workplace isn't safely preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

In the time of social distancing, can kids have playdates? What about grandparents? These expert answers will help.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services shared a number of recommendations and strategies Thursday that parents can use while caring for children at home.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Store managers in Alaska emphasize that supply chains remain intact. Plus: Parents scramble to care for their children while all schools and many daycare centers remain closed. And, the Iditarod Sled Dog Race has a winner.

Anchorage School District sends teachers home in the middle of planning, cancels supply pick up

As of Wednesday morning, teachers and other district staff have been instructed to telecommute and work from home. Parents who had scheduled a time to pick up their children’s school work and belongings were told those appointments had been canceled.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 13, 2020

The Anchorage School District says it will keep feeding students during its coronavirus closure. Plus: The last great race mushes on through a global pandemic. And, local skiers return to Anchorage after the World Cup races in Quebec are cancelled.

Anchorage School District will open food distribution sites during school closure

Roth says the schools that will operate as distribution centers were chosen in part because they are are situated in neighborhoods with the some of the highest need in the district.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, March 12, 2020

State health officials confirm the first case of COVID-19 in Alaska. Plus: The University of Alaska and the Anchorage school district announce closures because of coronavirus.

Anchorage schools to remain closed for one week after spring break amid coronavirus concerns

The school district has also suspended all international, domestic and in-state travel for students and employees through April.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Governor Dunleavy issues a disaster declaration in advance of the arrival of the coronavirus. Plus: how a rookie musher learned he had just a few days to prepare for the Iditarod. And, a cruise ship is headed to Juneau early, prompting some tough discussions about the coronavirus.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

State officials say preparation can slow the spread of coronavirus when it gets to Alaska. Plus: hear from an Anchorage resident whose parents have been stuck on that coronavirus cruise ship in California. And, weakening migratory bird protections could have a significant impact for species in Alaska.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, March 9, 2020

Governor Dunleavy tries to reassure Alaskans as the coronavirus upends the global economy. Plus: Training dogs as a rookie Iditarod musher. And, a Wrangell basketball player finally gets a chance to play after spending years on the bench.