In this newscast:
- Washington partisanship gums up the Violence Against Women Act,
- U.S. Attorney General William Barr announces a national plan to address missing and murdered indigenous people,
- a lawsuit challenging the governor’s authority to name the location of the Legislature’s special session survives a request for dismissal,
- Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson tweets and deletes about a case involving a same-sex military spouse’s right to a Permanent Fund dividend,
- the parents of two victims in Thursday’s fatal car crash suspect alcohol was a factor,
- the Eldred Rock lighthouse is a step closer to opening to the public,
- lack of ice forces the first-ever cancellation of a Christmas-themed ice sculpture park in North Pole, and
- authorities bust a septuagenarian from Kodiak in the airport for being found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines.
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- Hundreds turned out for the annual Christmas gathering at the Governor's Mansion.
- But experts say the details of what the Dunleavy administration proposes will be important.
- The Alaska State Troopers plan — which includes transferring dispatchers in Ketchikan, Wasilla and Soldotna — was the subject of much concern at a recent assembly meeting in Ketchikan.
- According to a report by the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, the hiker was alone Saturday when he was caught in an avalanche near the Blueberry Loop trail and fully buried before he was able to kick his legs free.