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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Judge vacates order halting enforcement of recall decision

Jan. 22, 2020 9:00 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge on Wednesday said a decision that would have allowed the recall effort against Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to proceed was “inadvertently” put on hold. In a written order Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth in Anchorage vacated the stay and said...

Proposal calls for Alaska pot, alcohol board administrators

Jan. 22, 2020 7:02 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The boards that regulate alcohol and the legal marijuana industry in Alaska would have their own administrators under a proposal pitched by the interim director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office as a way to improve operations. Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Glen Klinkhart...

Legislative panel suggests following earnings draw limit

Jan. 22, 2020 11:58 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A legislative panel has failed to reach an agreement on potential changes to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, leaving lawmakers with little guidance on a path forward on the thorny subject. The state has struggled to address a long-running deficit. It has drawn down savings...