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Alaska tax change group sues over ballot initiative wording

Nov. 17, 2019 11:13 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A group seeking changes to Alaska’s oil tax credit system has filed a lawsuit against state officials over language describing its initiative. KTVA-TV reported Sunday that Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share filed a complaint in Anchorage Superior Court Nov. 14 against...

Alaskan city sees heat and snowfall records in single day

Nov. 17, 2019 6:47 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans have experienced both a record high temperature and a record amount of snowfall in the same day. The Anchorage Daily News reports the Municipality of Anchorage saw snowfall of more than a foot Saturday after tying a temperature record set in 1967. The National Weather...

Alaska police officer pleads not guilty to assault charges

Nov. 16, 2019 2:05 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting a man while on duty in September, court officials said. Prosecutors have accused Anchorage Officer Cornelius Aaron Pettus, 32, of punching and kicking 49-year-old Sam Allen, Anchorage Daily News reported...

Dunleavy names new interim head of pot, alcohol agency

Nov. 14, 2019 6:49 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new interim director has been named to lead the combined agency that regulates alcohol and legal marijuana in Alaska. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office announced Thursday that Glen Klinkhart would be interim director following the firing Wednesday of Erika McConnell by the...

Arguments set for January in Alaska recall case

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge in Anchorage has set arguments for January in a case challenging the state’s rejection of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The Recall Dunleavy group sought arguments in December. The Anchorage Daily News reports attorneys for the state and a group opposing...

Grand jury indicts Anchorage man in wife’s shooting death

Nov. 14, 2019 12:28 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a man who said he accidentally shot wife. The Anchorage Daily News reports 31-year-old Chue Yang is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Nancy Xiong. Yang previously had been charged with criminally negligent...

Police say man was killed because he could not pay drug debt

Nov. 14, 2019 12:10 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a man found dead in a car Nov. 3 was killed because of a $550 drug debt. Police on Wednesday announced the arrests of 27-year-old Rhadames Marmolejos Jr. and 23-year-old Elijah Ramirez on charges of first- and second-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of...

Alaska ferry system study looks at aging fleet, fewer riders

Nov. 14, 2019 10:05 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Transportation is considering how to act on a study addressing issues within the Alaska Marine Highway System, including an aging fleet and decreased ridership, officials said. The study conducted by research firm Northern Economics evaluated 11 options for...

FBI report: Alaska sexual assault rate highest in nation

Nov. 14, 2019 9:59 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has the nation’s highest rate of sexual assault and violent crime has increased in the state, a new FBI report said. The 2018 statistical analysis from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program said Alaska did not conform to a general national decline in...

Second suspect arrested in death of man found in car

Nov. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A second man is in custody in connection with an Anchorage homicide. Police have arrested 23-year-old Elijah Ramirez on suspicion of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of 48-year-old Oscar Garcia. Another man, 27-year-old Rhadames Marmolejos Jr., is charged with...