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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...

Man charged with using Craigslist to lure robbery victims

Jan. 23, 2020 6:04 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted an Anchorage man suspected of robbing two people who had used Craigslist to advertise items for sale. Cloyd Lacap, Jr., 21, is charged with interference with commerce by robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, U.S....

Troopers say Wasilla cop on domestic call kills armed man

Jan. 23, 2020 5:21 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Wasilla police officer assisting on a domestic violence case shot and killed a man who brandished a shotgun, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday. Gage Southard, 26, of Palmer, died in the shooting, troopers said in a release. The name of the Wasilla officer will be released after...

Quake rattles Aleutian island; no volcanic activity detected

Jan. 23, 2020 3:40 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A large, shallow earthquake rattled remote Aleutian island Wednesday night but Alaska volcano observers said they found no indication that the seismic activity had implications for nearby volcanoes. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit at 8:53 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological...

Alaska attorney seeks changes to state oil tax structure

Jan. 23, 2020 1:15 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An attorney who previously fought cases against Alaska's biggest oil companies has turned to activism and donations to help an effort to increase oil taxes for the public's benefit. Robin Brena is chairing a citizens initiative to raise oil taxes and has become the effort's top...

Soldotna man charged with nailing sign to Governor's mansion

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A Soldotna man has been charged in Juneau with damaging the Governor's Mansion by nailing a sign to the door. David A. Powell, 54, is charged with misdemeanor damage of property. Online court documents do not list his attorney. He is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 27. Juneau police...

Anchorage police arrest suspect in credit union robbery

Jan. 23, 2020 11:54 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man suspected of robbing an Anchorage credit union Wednesday was arrested hours later at a store. Pierce Cottingham, 30, was taken into custody on suspicion of robbing a branch of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union on east Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage police announced....

City approves $250K cleanup of illegal Alaska junkyard

Jan. 23, 2020 9:19 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — City officials have voted to spend $250,000 to hire contractors to cleanup an illegal junkyard they have been trying to shut down for at least four years. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly made the decision in a 7-1 vote last week after Dale Losselyong failed to sufficiently...