JOSHUA BERLINGER

NASA may have an app to help Alaska's pilots avoid hazards

JUNEAU - It takes a bit of nerve to fly in Alaska, where pilots deal with the continent's tallest peaks, coldest weather and many sheer unknowns. Take, for example, the radio silence. Read more

CBJ launches sustainability website

JUNEAU - The city and borough of Juneau has launched a website to promote green energy and sustainability. Read more

Lawmakers push back on 'federal overreach'

JUNEAU - Fighting "federal overreach" was one of the early themes of this year's legislative session, with lawmakers passing a handful of measures aimed at addressing conflicts between the state and federal governments. Read more

PFD bill helps military, but could lead to fraud

JUNEAU — Alaska’s military members who serve out-of-state will have an easier time getting their PFD checks under a bill that... Read more

School security funds to address lockdown needs

JUNEAU - A handful of Alaska's schools have asked for assistance in order to better prepare for an emergency situation, according to Education Commissioner Mike Hanley. In light of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Read more

Department of Public Safety looking at changes for VPSOs on guns

JUNEAU - The Department of Public Safety is investigating what changes would be necessary if the state were to allow Village Public Safety Offers to regularly carry firearms, Commissioner Joe Masters said Tuesday. Read more

LeDoux's HB197 ending social promotion of 3rd-graders held

JUNEAU - A bill that requires third-graders to be held back if they do not meet literacy requirements will remain in the House Education Committee during the interim period. HB197, by Rep. Read more

Voter ID bill passes final House committee

JUNEAU - A bill that would require Alaska's voters to present photo identification at the polls has been moved out of its final committee of referral. HB3, by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, was advanced from the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Read more

Tech for Mars colony finds applications in Alaska

JUNEAU - A winter in an Arctic village is not for the weary. Northern Alaska is subject to some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Negative 40 degree weather isn't uncommon, and strong winds make it even more dangerous to go outside. Read more

Bill against federal gun control could be headed to Senate floor

JUNEAU - A bill that would render future federal gun restrictions unenforceable in Alaska could be headed to a vote on the Senate floor despite questions over its constitutionality. Read more

Bill gives tax credits for private school tuition

JUNEAU - Alaskans who send their kids to private school might be in line for a tax break if a new bill becomes law. SB92 grants municipalities the authority to grant their taxpayers a credit for private school tuition paid during the same tax year. Read more

Alaska hopes to lead in digitizing classrooms

JUNEAU - Jolene Kinsland's two classrooms look like those at any other elementary school in the United States. An American flag hangs beside the window. Cubbies greet students at the open-door entrance of one room, filing cabinets at the other. Read more

Dunleavy: SB89 an appropriate vehicle for tax credit vouchers

JUNEAU - A bill introduced in the Alaska Senate this week proposes tax credits for Alaskans who give money to most schools in the state. SB89, by Sen. Read more

House panel amends, advances teacher tenure bill

JUNEAU - A bill that would require teachers to work in the same district continuously for five full school years to be eligible for tenure moved out of its only committee of referral on Wednesday. HB162, by Rep. Read more

Governor's crime bill moves out of committee

JUNEAU - The House Judiciary Committee has advanced Gov. Sean Parnell's crime bill almost two months after first taking up the measure. HB73 strengthens penalties for those who commit sex crimes and domestic violence. Read more

Insurance credit score bill moves out of committee

JUNEAU - A bill that would allow insurance companies to consider a person's credit score when renewing a policy advanced from committee Thursday. Read more

School construction bill moves out of committee

JUNEAU- Five small Alaska municipal school districts are trapped between funding mechanisms for school construction, but one lawmaker proposed a bill he hopes will remedy the problem. HB133, by Rep. Read more

'Stand your ground' bill passes House

JUNEAU - Alaska's latest "stand your ground" bill has passed the House of Representatives. HB24, by Rep. Mark Neuman, would remove certain criteria that people must meet before they have a right to use deadly force as a means of self-defense. Read more

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