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Soldotna Planned Parenthood to close at the end of May

The Soldotna center has been around for about 30 years, administering birth control, STD testing and other services.
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Amid a housing crisis, a new downtown Anchorage development could be a model for public-private partnerships

Block 96 could serve as a model for other downtown housing developments. With the city’s housing crunch, developers say it’s desperately needed.

Anchorage police union says it has waited more than a month for city to begin negotiations on body cameras

Jeremy Conkling, the president of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association, says he put in a request to the city’s human resources department in mid-April, asking for a date to start the negotiations.

After six years, Anchorage Superintendent Deena Bishop prepares to pass the torch

"With all the noise in the world right now, put your heart and your mind to young people," she tells her successor, Jharrett Bryantt.
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Alaska Legislature meets deadline, passing budget and some bills that resemble ‘turduckens’

Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks was up late following the Legislature's frantic scramble to pass bills before the deadline.
A woman shops for baby formula at Target in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 16, 2022, as a nationwide shortage of baby formula continues due to supply chain crunches tied to the coronavirus pandemic that have already strained the countrys formula stock, an issue that was further exacerbated by a major product recall in February. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

How the U.S. got into this baby formula mess

Just a handful of formula makers dominate the industry so a single plant shutdown can lead to empty shelves.
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Firefighters contain Round Island wildfire in Bristol Bay walrus sanctuary

Sparks escaped from a burn barrel on the island and ignited the fire.
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Some of Alaska’s US House candidates are millionaires. Another is paying off student loans.

Newly filed financial disclosures reveal huge wealth disparities that are shaping the special election between 48 candidates for the state’s sole U.S. House seat.

The Ironman race is coming to Juneau, and the city asked residents to house athletes

With only around 1,000 hotel rooms, the city proposed a creative  solution: Incentivizing Juneau residents to go on vacation and rent their homes to athletes for a week. 

Climber from Japan dies after crevasse fall near Alaska’s Mount Hunter

A climber from Japan is presumed dead following a fall into a crevasse near Mount Hunter in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, officials said.
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Missing Kodiak boy died of hypothermia, troopers say

The boy went missing May 7, prompting law enforcement, military, first responders and about 2,500 volunteers to search an area covering more than 15 square miles.

Legislature approves budget with $3,200 payout per Alaskan after House balks at bigger figure

Budget finishes as second-largest in state history by one measure, but Dunleavy could make cuts.
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Eagle that died in Sitka park tests positive for bird flu

The highly pathogenic bird flu is the worst the country has seen since 2015 and has a high mortality rate for raptors.
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Biden invokes the Defense Production Act for the baby formula shortage

Supplies of baby formula across the country have been severely curtailed in recent weeks after a February recall by Abbott Nutrition exacerbated ongoing supply chain disruptions among formula makers.
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Alaska Legislature passes bill to formally recognize tribes

The House on Tuesday voted 37-2 to accept a Senate version of the bill that passed last week.
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Feds sue state over salmon fishing rules on the Kuskokwim

The lawsuit says the state must limit subsistence fishing on the Kuskokwim River to rural residents in times of scarcity.
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Wasilla artist who died of COVID leaves legacy of kindness

Deb Lestenkof is remembered as generous and kind. Her family says her spirit is embodied in a popular Facebook group she started a decade ago that's meant to promote connection, kindness and paying it forward.
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After larger deal fails, state lawmakers propose payout of up to $3,850 per Alaskan

A six-member committee completed work on the compromise budget late Tuesday, three days after the Alaska House failed to agree with a budget proposal passed by the Senate.
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3 men sentenced for wading in river with feeding bears at Katmai

One of the men was caught on a livestream camera wading into Brooks Falls and taking a selfie in front of the bears.
People disembark from a cruise ship on a sunny day

First cruise ship in 3 years docks in Haines, where residents worry about COVID coming ashore too

It marks the start of what could be a record-breaking cruise season for upper Lynn Canal communities.