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Judge declares mistrial in Anchorage triple-murder case

Apr. 2, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

An Anchorage judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case against a man charged in the 2017 shooting deaths of three men at a local coin and precious metals shop. Prosecutors plan to start over with the case against Anthony Pisano, KTVA-TV reported. His mistrial was declared Wednesday after jurors were unable...

Alaska court seeks briefings on a claim in recall case

Apr. 2, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday requested additional briefing on one of the proposed grounds for recall of Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The Recall Dunleavy campaign has stated four claims against Dunleavy. The court wants to hear more about the claim that Dunleavy violated separation of...

Unemployment claims in Alaska soar again amid virus concerns

Apr. 2, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Government figures show Alaska unemployment claims have hit new heights amid business closures and cutbacks over coronavirus concerns. Claims for the latest weekly reporting period totaled 13,774, up from a revised figure of 7,847 the week prior, Lennon Weller, actuary for Alaska's...

Alaska utility raises electric rates, will not cut service

Apr. 2, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska electric utility has announced a rate increase, but does not plan to cut service to residents facing financial hardship who do not pay their bills. The Homer Electric Association said the rate hike took effect on April 1, The Peninsula Clarion reported Tuesday. The cost of...

Alaska fishing industry plans for salmon season amid virus

Apr. 2, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska government officials and fishing industry professionals are making plans to ensure the state can have a strong summer salmon season amid changes forced by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Alaska's chief medical officer says the state has a fisheries work group looking at how...

Alaska extends closures for dine-in services, gyms, theaters

Apr. 1, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State officials Wednesday extended indefinitely prohibitions on dine-in services at restaurants and bars and closure of facilities such as gyms and theaters as they seek to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. As of Wednesday, there had been a total of 143 reported cases of the...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo a moose munches on a tree in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska wildlife officials have a message for residents: Please don't feed the moose. State Fish and Game officials said Wednesday, April 1, 2020, they've seen an uptick in people feeding moose such foods as carrots and apples after a heavy snow season that left many of animals thin and nutritionally vulnerable. Plus, intentionally feeding moose is illegal, and can result in a misdemeanor violation of state game feeding laws. Unintentional feeding can result in a $300 ticket from Alaska Wildlife Troopers. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska officials to residents: Don't feed the moose

Apr. 1, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

Alaska wildlife officials have a message for residents: Please don’t feed the moose. State Fish and Game officials said Wednesday they’ve seen an uptick in people feeding moose such foods as carrots and apples after a heavy snow season that left many of the animals thin and nutritionally vulnerable....

Coast Guard and private vessel rescue flooding Alaska ship

Apr. 1, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and a fishing ship have rescued a vessel that was flooding off the coast of Southeast Alaska. Coast Guard personnel and the fishing ship rescued the F/V Tamarack 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Sitka Saturday, The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported Monday. The...

Alaska aerial survey detects 4 miles of herring spawn

Apr. 1, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game measured miles of herring spawn in Sitka Sound, an official said. A fish and game official said more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) of spawn was measured in an aerial survey Sunday on the Kruzof Island shoreline, The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported ...

BP announces North Slope worker tests positive for COVID-19

Apr. 1, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A worker on Alaska's North Slope tested positive for COVID-19, BP announced Tuesday. The state has reported 133 total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, including 14 new cases announced Tuesday. Dr. Anne Zink, the state's chief medical officer, said cases...