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Anchorage man shot and injured during home invasion, robbery

Feb. 17, 2020 2:30 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage homeowner was shot and injured during a robbery by a group of men, authorities said. Officers were called to the home just before 1 a.m. Monday. One of the five men who broke into the home fired several shots and hit the homeowner once in the upper body, police said....

Alaska creates new salmon dipnet fishery on Susitna River

Feb. 17, 2020 2:25 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska approved a regulation change establishing a personal-use salmon dipnet fishery on a portion of the Susitna River. The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted last week to create the fishery that will be available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays between July 10 and...

Anchorage police shoot suspect who fired at officers

Feb. 16, 2020 2:04 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police shot and killed a passenger in a car who had fired at officers, police said Sunday. One officer hit in the upper body was was protected by body armor, police said. The name of the person killed was not immediately released. Officers with the Impaired Driving...

Alaska Capitol room to be named for late lawmaker Davis

Feb. 14, 2020 6:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Capitol room that hosts House education and social service committee hearings will be named for the late former lawmaker Bettye Davis. The Senate voted Friday to rename Capitol room 106 for Davis, who was the first black woman elected to the state House and the first black...

Anchorage airport has record number of travelers in 2019

Feb. 14, 2020 9:30 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport had a record 5.7 million travelers in 2019, Alaska transportation officials said. The increase was 2 percent from the previous year, with additional 122,000 passengers traveling through the airport in 2019 compared to the previous year,...

Stan Moll throws bales of hay onto a makeshift table in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, so other Iditarod volunteers could place the bales into plastic bags. About 1,500 bales will be flown to checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins March 7, and will be put down on the snow and ice so the canine participants in the race have a warm place to sleep. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Prepping straw bedding for dogs signals Iditarod is near

Feb. 14, 2020 4:39 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers slung bales of hay onto a table Thursday, where they were swiftly stuffed inside blue plastic bags, twirled and shut with twist ties before being dragged off to waiting pallets. The 60 or so people in safety vests weren’t participating in some type of agricultural...

Some Alaska GOP lawmakers want end to 'binding' caucuses

Feb. 13, 2020 7:25 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In Alaska politics, House and Senate majorities drive the legislative agenda and confer upon their members key committee positions with an agreement they will all vote together on the budget and often procedural matters. But some Republican lawmakers, including at least two in the...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2017, file photo Anthony Pisano, a suspect in a triple homicide at a precious metals and coin shop, appears at his arraignment at a jail, in Anchorage, Alaska. Pisano, is charged in the deaths of Steven Cook, 31, an owner of The Bullion Brothers, and building tenants Kenneth Hartman, 48, and Daniel McCreadie, 31. During opening statements Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, defense attorney Kevin Fitzgerald said co-owner Michael Dupree killed Cook, the Anchorage Daily News reported. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Suspect in killings at Alaska gold shop claims self-defense

Feb. 13, 2020 5:08 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police arrested the wrong person in the 2017 shooting deaths of three men at a coin and precious metals shop in Anchorage, a defense attorney said at the murder trial of the suspect, who provided security at the store. Anthony Pisano, 45, is charged in the deaths of Steven Cook,...

Alaska labor officials scrap training requirement changes

Feb. 13, 2020 10:10 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state Labor Department officials have cancelled a plan to overhaul training requirements for aspiring plumbers, electricians and linemen. The decision followed criticism from legislators and numerous construction trade groups, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported ...

Driver of stolen pickup smashes into Anchorage police car

Feb. 12, 2020 5:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man suspected of ramming a stolen pickup into an Anchorage police car has been arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Peter Tonga, 25, was arrested shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Anchorage police announced. Online court documents do not list his attorney. Police at 6:53 took...