In this newscast:
- The Trump administration takes one the last steps needed to let oil companies bid on oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,
- the state files criminal charges against oil field services company Baker Hughes alleging workers were ignored and exposed to toxic chemicals,
- federal officials declare an unusual mortality event for three species of ice seals,
- police data in Nome show just 8% of calls about sexual assaults against adults resulted in an arrest over a 10 year period,
- Alaska delegates travel to Washington D.C. to reauthorize and make mandatory federal payments in lieu of property taxes to Tongass communities,
- Facebook expands its “Today In” service to 6,000 U.S. cities and towns to coax news deserts into bloom, and
- a vaping-related hospitalization is confirmed in King County, Washington.
Alaska has a lot going on right now.
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- An email from Alaska's former first lady sheds new light on the actions that drove Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott from office, suggesting he may have invited a woman into his room, newly released emails show.
- A new Alaska group hopes to overhaul the state's oil and gas tax credit system through a ballot initiative called the Fair Share Act.
- Alaska regulators are considering whether the state should continue replenishing a rural telephone and internet service fund or shut it down.
- Hunters said the proposed Ambler Road would be closed to the public, while conservationists said it would hurt caribou and other wildlife needed by area villages.