Rashah McChesney, KTOO - Juneau

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State launches new COVID-19 grant program requiring officials to address barriers to health care

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The state health department is rolling out a new program designed to get millions in federal funds directly to boroughs and communities to help them combat COVID-19.
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Dunleavy’s public safety commissioner says she was forced to resign

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Amanda Price says she was told that the administration is “taking public safety in a different direction.”
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Juneau nursing home could be model for COVID-19 outbreaks in a vaccinated world

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At least a dozen people in a Juneau nursing home tested positive for COVID-19, but almost no one showed symptoms.

Alaska legislature returns with COVID-19 precautions, but no clear enforcement for lawmakers

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https://youtu.be/qnV9kV2-enE There are more than 130 legislators and staff in Juneau for the legislative session. The legislature is taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. For instance, the Capitol building is closed to the...
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In Juneau, state and local officials are on edge but hopeful there won’t be local violence

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State lawmakers in Juneau and local law enforcement are preparing for the possibility of violence after the FBI warned of potential armed protests in each state capital on Sunday.
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Dunleavy will appeal permit denial for the proposed Pebble Mine

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is calling the denial a “dangerous precedent” that would harm Alaska’s future.
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Alaska Supreme Court strikes down Rep. Lance Pruitt’s challenge to his election loss

State Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt lost his legal challenge attempting to overturn the results of his East Anchorage district election. He lost to Democrat challenger Liz Snyder by just 11 votes.
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Online news outlet Alaska Landmine sues Dunleavy administration over access

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Alaska Landmine owner and journalist Jeff Landfield is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. He said the administration has violated his constitutional rights by excluding him from Dunleavy’s news conferences.
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Dunleavy splits Alaska Department of Health and Social Services into two new agencies

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Dunleavy said the idea is to provide better services for Alaskans as the department has continued to grow.
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Dunleavy pitches budget that draws billions from Permanent Fund earnings next year

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy debuted a budget proposal Friday for next year that will lean heavily on earnings from the Permanent Fund to help Alaska recover from the pandemic.
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Juneau woman among thousands of Americans taking part in COVID-19 vaccine trials

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When Juneau woman Fiona Brown saw an ad on Facebook looking for volunteers for Pfizer’s clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine, she knew that as a science nerd she had an edge.
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Economists try to see what’s ahead for Alaska’s pandemic recession

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And some parts of the state have felt the impacts of the downturn more than others. Interior Alaska has had a boost from the military. The Anchorage region has been buoyed by growth in the Mat-Su. But it’s a different story in Southeast.

State reports 4 deaths on another day of triple-digit COVID-19 cases in Alaska

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Three of those who died are from Anchorage and one is from Juneau, say state health officials.
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State announces four new COVID-19 deaths over weekend

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10 deaths were announced by the state since Friday, though most aren't considered 'recent' and were found through data review.
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Hunter fatally mauled by grizzly bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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It’s the first time a bear mauling has been recorded in the park since it was established in 1980.
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31 Juneau residents test positive for COVID-19 after bar outbreak

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The cases result from a single indoor event in late August.
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Juneau suspends drinking in bars again as COVID-19 cases spike

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In an evening emergency public health order, city officials raised the community alert level and mandated that all bars in Juneau must close to indoor service starting Saturday at noon.
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Alaska’s plan to borrow money to pay off oil tax credits blocked by state supreme court

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The ruling forces the state of Alaska to find another source to pay for the tax incentives it promised to oil companies.
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The runway lights broke, but Igiugig guided in a child’s medevac plane with headlights

The village’s state-owned airport has had some problems with the runway lights. And when residents went to turn them on to guide the flight in — nothing happened. Usually, this would stop a plane from being able to land. But not this time.