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Alaska posts first double-digit rise in virus cases in weeks

May. 28, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State figures released Thursday show the first double-digit increase in COVID-19 cases in Alaska in more than six weeks. Seven of the 13 cases were from the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Four were from the Anchorage area, and Juneau and the North Slope Borough each had one. The cases...

Higher Anchorage property tax bills linked to school funding

May. 28, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage property tax bills have increased over the last year, rising to an average of $1,675 per $100,000 of property. The increase is related to a transfer of school bond debt reimbursement burden from the state to local taxpayers resulting from a veto by Republican Gov. Mike...

Anchorage lawsuit over port construction allowed to proceed

May. 28, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge allowed a lawsuit filed by Anchorage to proceed against the U.S. Maritime Administration over more than $300 million in failed construction at the city’s port. The judge denied the administration's motion for judgment concerning work done on the Port of...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

State to help with ferry service to Ketchikan, Hollis

May. 27, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state plans to use one of its ferries to provide service between two southeast Alaska communities while repairs are done on an Inter-Island Ferry Authority vessel. The authority halted service between Ketchikan and Hollis on Prince of Wales Island on Friday after what it described...

Senators call for moment of silence for COVID-19 victims

May. 27, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. senators, including Lisa Murkowski and Brian Schatz, are calling for a moment of silence to honor those who have died from COVID-19. The moment of silence is planned for noon Monday. The U.S. on Wednesday surpassed 100,000 deaths related to the pandemic, according to a Johns...

Alaska man released from prison accused of quarantine breach

May. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Prosecutors have accused an Alaska man of violating a federal judge's order and breaking his quarantine after securing early release from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic. A complaint alleging criminal contempt of court has been filed against Duane Byron Fields. Cindy Franklin,...

Company completes 1st overland fiber-optic cable from Alaska

May. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska company has completed construction of the first overland fiber-optic cable connecting the state to the continental U.S. The cable operated by Matanuska Telephone Association is expected to reduce Alaska’s reliance on undersea cables and satellite and microwave...

Former Alaska state Rep. Bob Lynn dies at age 87

May. 26, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska state Rep. Bob Lynn has died. He was 87. Lynn had been dealing with health issues when he died Monday, his son, John Lynn, said. Lynn, a long-serving Anchorage Republican, was first elected to the House in 2002. He eventually was unseated by Chris Birch, who won the...

Alaska checking results from coronavirus testing machines

May. 26, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s public health labs are checking results from rapid COVID-19 testing machines amid concerns about their accuracy. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has 113 testing machines to confirm suspected coronavirus cases, The Anchorage Daily News reported ...