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Alaska state Rep. Tammie Wilson, right, poses for a photo with Rep. Andi Story on the House floor as Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux captures the moment on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Wilson, a North Pole Republican, announced Friday that she is resigning from the House for a policy role focused on children's services with the state. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

North Pole lawmaker announces resignation from Alaska House

Jan. 24, 2020 11:05 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Rep. Tammie Wilson is resigning from the House and will become a policy adviser in the state health commissioner's office, seeing her role as an advocate for families dealing with the Office of Children's Services. “It's the perfect job for me,” said Wilson, who...

Alaska lawmakers fail to override vetoes on schools, ferries

Jan. 24, 2020 7:54 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed to override more than $70 million in vetoes dealing with school construction projects and the state ferry system. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued the vetoes last summer, after lawmakers had adjourned. The veto override session was announced late Thursday, with...

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

Jan. 24, 2020 6:16 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a living room feel to a brewery-style tasting room with a TV to watch football games. Zoning and ventilation...

Drywall screws spill on Alaska road; tires quickly find them

Jan. 24, 2020 12:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thousands of drywall screws that fell onto a busy Alaska road punctured tires and caused police to close off traffic until the mess was cleaned up. The 1 1/4-inch (31.75 millimeter) drywall screws were strewn Thursday afternoon onto Eagle River Loop Road, the Anchorage Daily News...

Correction: Uranium Effects Research story

Jan. 24, 2020 11:52 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a story Jan. 22, 2020, about the public health effects of depleted uranium, The Associated Press erroneously reported several details about the presentation by an Alaska woman interested in the public health effects of radiation. Shelby Surdyk, who presented to the Juneau World...

Alaska to remove psychiatric patients from jails, hospitals

Jan. 24, 2020 9:24 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state officials have released a court-ordered plan detailing how the state expects to keep psychiatric patients from being warehoused in hospitals and jails before being transferred to treatment centers. The state Department of Health and Social Services released the 30-page...

Alaska cruise ship dock permit issued; construction to begin

Jan. 24, 2020 9:20 AM EST

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit for a cruise ship dock in southeast Alaska, but the dock's opening date is unclear, agency officials said. The permit was issued Tuesday for the 1,300-foot (400-meter), two-berth cruise ship dock in Ward Cove, about 300 miles...

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in US to allow consumption

Jan. 24, 2020 12:53 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana shops in Alaska will be among the first nationally where onsite use would be permitted. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit the milestone Thursday as regulators approved the first retail stores in the state that will be allowed to have customers smoke or consume marijuana...

Alaska Legislature to consider veto overrides

Jan. 23, 2020 9:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet Friday to consider overriding some of the vetoes made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, though the House speaker said it remains to be seen if the votes are there. At least 45 votes among the 60-person Legislature are needed for an override. House Speaker...

Official: Alaska dropping out-of-state inmate housing idea

Jan. 23, 2020 7:51 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Corrections is not moving forward with a proposal to have inmates housed out of state, Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom said Thursday. In October, the department announced it planned to seek bids for the proposal, which Dahlstrom at that time said was the best way...