KTOO News Update

The day’s local and state news in about 10 minutes.

Newscast — Thursday, June 4, 2020

In this newscast: State leaders say travelers to Alaska who take a test before or upon their arrival should take a second test seven to 14 days later; Governor Mike Dunleavy described the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as "horrific" in a news briefing yesterday; Protesters returned to a busy Ketchikan intersection Wednesday in solidarity with the protests against racism and police brutality across the country; A proposal to absorb the University of Alaska Southeast into campuses in Fairbanks or Anchorage was not well-received during public testimony before the board of regents Tuesday night.

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Newscast — Wednesday, June 3, 2020

In this newscast: Tlingit and Haida President Richard Peterson reminds citizens to respond in the 2020 census or the tribe could lose funding; A federal judge will decide on whether the U.S. Forest Service will need to start from scratch before resuming work on a massive timber sale in Southeast Alaska; A Monday night vigil in downtown Sitka for George Floyd was peaceful and mostly silent, although armed counter-protesters were not far away; Residents of Kotzebue gathered in the center of town Tuesday evening in solidarity with rallies worldwide.

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Newscast — Tuesday, June 2, 2020

In this newscast: Tlingit and Haida President Richard Peterson reminds tribal citizens to report on the 2020 census or the tribe could see a severe cut in federal funding; Alaska Native organizations are proposing alternatives to the University of Alaska's Board of Regents' controversial option to merge UA Southeast with one of the other UA campuses; Residents in nursing homes and their families are coping with ongoing social distancing measures; Kodiak joined in the global Black Lives Matter protests with a small gathering of five community members.

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Newscast — Monday, June 1, 2020

In this newscast: Alaskans in the state's three largest cities took to the streets Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd; A dozen people in an extended care facility in Anchorage have tested positive for COVID-19; A recent survey from the state Department of Health and Social Services shows a sharp increase in vaping and suicide attempts among high school students; The Native Youth Olympics brings together student athletes from across the state each year to celebrate Alaska Native culture through competition.

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Newscast — Friday, May 29, 2020

In this newscast: There are six new coronavirus cases in Alaska from Thursday following a spike in positive cases on Wednesday; Canada has extended its ban on cruise ships until at least the end of October due to the global pandemic; The city of Wrangell does not want cruise ships to dock in town until it knows how the industry plans to prevent potentially bringing COVID-19 to the community; A federal judge heard oral arguments on Thursday in a lawsuit brought by an environmental group seeking to shut down King Salmon fishing this summer to protect the food supply of endangered killer wales.

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Newscast — Thursday, May 28, 2020

In this newscast: There were 13 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alaska on Weds. May 27; The Juneau Assembly is nearing the end of its annual budget process with a notably brighter outlook than the one it started with; The head of a tribal consortium tasked with tackling transboundary issues is retiring; Faced with mounting budget deficits, University of Alaska leaders are proposing merging UA Southeast based programs into one of their other two campuses. A Ketchikan man is vying to be the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan in November.

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Newscast — Wednesday, May 27, 2020

In this newscast: The state will provide interim ferry service between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan while the Inter-Island Ferry Authority repairs its fleet; A resident from the North Slope Borough has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first positive case in the region; Seafood processing companies bringing seasonal workers to Petersburg this summer have outlined their safety plans for coronavirus; An Anchorage man released from a California prison tested positive for coronavirus one day after prison officials sent him home to Alaska.

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Newscast — Tuesday, May 26, 2020

In this newscast: Juneau's Lemon Creek Correctional Center is preparing for another round of testing for COVID-19; Sitka has its second confirmed case of COVID-19; The Juneau Assembly is expected to pass a measure to give licensed child care providers cash to help them open; The pandemic has caused a rush on bicycles across the state; The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Center h as confirmed a third case of coronavirus in an unnamed village resident.

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Newscast — Thursday, May 21, 2020

In this newscast:  The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday that its new and improved Lena Beach Recreation Area in Juneau will reopen on July 1; The Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week invited the Sitka Health Summit to present information on its "Safe Stores, Safe Shoppers and Safe Workers" initiative; For one young couple in Petersburg, they've decided to invest in some baby miniature goats as a way to become more self-sufficient in this time of uncertainty.

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