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Alaska legislators suggest changes to public safety program

Jan. 25, 2020 5:32 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislators have proposed changes to key elements of the state's Village Public Safety Officer Program. One in three communities in the state has no police of any kind, Anchorage Daily News reported Friday in partnership with ProPublica. The Department of Justice...

Alaska schools hire counselors, promote emotional learning

Jan. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska school district has hired six counselors in its elementary schools, making progress toward its goal to provide more support to its students, a district superintendent said. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent John O’Brien presented during a Soldotna...

ConocoPhillips, Doyon prepare to test big Alaska drill rig

Jan. 25, 2020 11:03 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska North Slope oil company is preparing to unleash a massive new oil rig. ConocoPhillips and Doyon Drilling Inc. are nearly ready to test Doyon’s Rig 26, known internally as “The Beast," the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported. Rig 26 will be able drill up to...

Therapy dog helps special needs students at Palmer school

Jan. 25, 2020 11:00 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Special needs students at a Palmer elementary school are getting assistance from a nontraditional source: a 3-year-old cream golden retriever. Casper is a therapy dog assisting students at Swanson Elementary School, Anchorage television station KTVA reported. “School is...

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...