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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, center, listens to a bill about daylight savings time in the Capitol in November 2015.

Single vote dooms new restrictions on sex education

A bill that would have required local school districts to approve sex education courses in Alaska schools has failed by a single vote in the Alaska House.

by JAMES BROOKS

House spends third day debating crime bill

The Alaska House has voted to prohibit probation officers from searching the homes of Alaskans under electronic monitoring as a result of criminal charges or convictions.
JAMES BROOKS

Critics question mine exploration near eagle preserve

ANCHORAGE - In early winter, after most tourists have fled Alaska, another kind of visitor flies in: bald eagles, up to 4,000 of them.
Dan Joling

Couple forced daughters to live in basement, face child neglect charges

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska couple faces child neglect charges after authorities said their two teenage daughters lived in the basement of a filthy, mold-filled house without heat or power while the couple stayed in a camper in the driveway.
RACHEL D'ORO

Mining tax increase gets hearing in House Finance

The Alaska House Finance Committee has begun considering a 1 percent tax hike on the state's most profitable mining operations. House Bill 253 is one of several measures proposed by Gov. Bill Walker to address the state's $4 billion annual...

Eagle hit plane before crash that killed 4

ANCHORAGE - A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames just north of Anchorage last month, killing all four people on board, authorities said Wednesday.
MARK THIESSEN

Sitka rejects appeal of landslide-destroyed property value

SITKA - Sitka officials have voted to uphold the city assessor's figure on the taxable value of a home that was destroyed by a deadly landslide last summer.
AP

New commander to take over at US Army Pacific

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - A new commander is taking over as the leader of Army soldiers in the Pacific. Gen. Robert Brown succeeds Gen. Vincent Brooks as the commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Brooks is becoming the new commander of U.S. Forces...
AUDREY McAVOY

Articles from the State section archive

Couple forced daughters to live in basement, face child neglect charges

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska couple faces child neglect charges after authorities said their two teenage daughters lived in the basement of a filthy, mold-filled house without heat or power while the ...
By RACHEL D'ORO

Critics question mine exploration near eagle preserve

ANCHORAGE - In early winter, after most tourists have fled Alaska, another kind of visitor flies in: bald eagles, up to 4,000 of them.
By Dan Joling

New commander to take over at US Army Pacific

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - A new commander is taking over as the leader of Army soldiers in the Pacific. Gen. Robert Brown succeeds Gen. Vincent Brooks as the commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Brooks is ...
By AUDREY McAVOY

Eagle hit plane before crash that killed 4

ANCHORAGE - A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames just north of Anchorage last month, killing all four people on board, authorities said Wednesday.
By MARK THIESSEN

Sitka rejects appeal of landslide-destroyed property value

SITKA - Sitka officials have voted to uphold the city assessor's figure on the taxable value of a home that was destroyed by a deadly landslide last summer.
By AP

House spends third day debating crime bill

The Alaska House has voted to prohibit probation officers from searching the homes of Alaskans under electronic monitoring as a result of criminal charges or convictions.
By JAMES BROOKS

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Single vote dooms new restrictions on sex education

A bill that would have required local school districts to approve sex education courses in Alaska schools has failed by a single vote in the Alaska House.
By JAMES BROOKS

Mining tax increase gets hearing in House Finance

The Alaska House Finance Committee has begun considering a 1 percent tax hike on the state's most profitable mining operations. House Bill 253 is one of several measures proposed by Gov. Bill ...

Lawmakers vote to pursue new building for Anchorage legislators

After a veto threat from Gov. Bill Walker, lawmakers have changed their plans for a new office building in Anchorage. On Monday evening, members of the joint House-Senate Legislative Council voted ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Mom gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane

HONOLULU - A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hawaii mother to a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska.
By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER

House will again consider bill with sex ed implications

A controversial bill that would require school-board approval of sex education classes for Alaska students is headed back to the state House for a floor vote.
By JAMES BROOKS

Teen who killed bicyclist in Anchorage begins prison term

ANCHORAGE - A teenager who struck and killed a bicyclist while driving drunk in Anchorage has started her four-month prison sentence.

Fisheries tax gets hearing; mining tax next

The Alaska House Finance Committee has begun holding hearings on a series of tax increases proposed by Gov. Bill Walker.

Few support Anchorage's Josephson in crime bill debate

The Alaska House of Representatives hosted the Andy Josephson show on Tuesday afternoon, but the procession of amendments offered by the Anchorage Democrat garnered poor ratings from his fellow ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Alaska town's first liquor store in more than 40 years opens

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska town's first liquor store in more than 40 years has opened, and the police chief there worries he won't have enough officers to handle an expected spike in alcohol-related calls.
By RACHEL D'ORO

Heroin in Homer: Adding up addiction's costs

Megan Wiard returned to Homer in March to apologize. The last time she was in her hometown, about six years ago, Megan was an addict. 
By ANNA FROST

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Heroin in Homer Part two: Addicts face barriers to help

For people addicted to opiates - or any other substance - there are many barriers to successful recovery, despite the quality of resources that may be available.
By ANNA FROST

Monday, May 2, 2016

House begins digging into crime bill; debates to continue today

Rarely has a discussion about bar fights been so soberly pursued.
By JAMES BROOKS

Council pursues new $12.5M office for Anchorage lawmakers

After a veto threat from Gov. Bill Walker, lawmakers have changed their plans for a new office building in Anchorage.
By JAMES BROOKS

Moda out of Alaska in 2017

JUNEAU - One of the two companies offering individual health insurance policies for Alaskans announced Monday that it will not be participating in that market next year.
By Becky Bohrer

Coghill says he's recommending lawmakers drop Medicaid suit

JUNEAU - Alaska Senate Majority Leader John Coghill said Monday that he has recommended that lawmakers drop their lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own.
By Becky Bohrer

Iditarod bans musher from '17 race

ANCHORAGE - A musher who has been charged in a domestic violence case has been banned from next year's Iditarod, race officials announced Friday in Alaska.
By MARK THIESSEN

8 killed in 1982 Investor murders remembered

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Does the time ever come when a community stops remembering a murdered group of its own? In the case of Blaine, possibly not.
By DEAN KAHN

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