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Oregon woman dies in head-on crash on Seward Highway

Oct. 14, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — An Oregon woman died in a weekend head-on crash on the Seward Highway. Alaska State Troopers say 39-year-old Wendy Cox died at Mile 66. Her hometown was not immediately released. Troopers say roads at around 8 a.m. Saturday were slick and icy. Cox was driving a sport utility vehicle...

Alaska Native village sues federal agency over gaming hall

Oct. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native Village filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department in a continuing campaign to open a tribal gambling hall, officials said. Officials from Eklutna filed the lawsuit seeking to open a hall in Chugiak, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown...

River otters attack, injure family dog in Anchorage park

Oct. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man rescued his family's dog from an attack by river otters in a small lake at an Anchorage park, he said. Kenny Brewer waded waist-deep into Taku Lake and suffered a bite on his hand while pulling the dog away from the river otters that converged on the pet, Alaska...

Alaska Native leader Peratrovich commemorated on $1 coin

Oct. 12, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A young Alaska Native woman left an impression on Alaska's territorial Senate in 1945, delivering a speech that led to the passage of the nation's first anti-discrimination law. Now, the late Elizabeth Peratrovich is leaving her impression on a $1 coin. The U.S. Mint unveiled the...

Correction: Alaska-Boyfriend Burned to Death story

Oct. 11, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Oct. 4 about sentencing for a woman who burned her boyfriend to death, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of her public defender. She was represented by Craig Howard. A corrected version of the story is below: Relatives of Alaska man burned to death seek...

Anchorage police officer charged with misdemeanor assault

Oct. 11, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State prosecutors have charged a 32-year-old Anchorage police officer with two counts of misdemeanor assault in the arrest of a man for bicycle violations. Anchorage police say Officer Cornelius Aaron Pettus is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal...

University president responds to no-confidence resolution

Oct. 11, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen released a video acknowledging his role in what he calls a breakdown in unity across the university system. Johnsen issued the video statement Wednesday in the wake of a University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty Senate no-confidence...

Alaska Airlines scales back miles partnership with American

Oct. 10, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines and American Airlines will scale back their mileage plan partnership early next year. Alaska Airlines mileage plan members will not be able to earn miles on American Airlines international flights beginning March 1, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday....

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths, officials said. The Alaska U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and...