KTOO News Update

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


Newscast – Tuesday, August 4, 2020

In this newscast: There's going to be an Alaska cruise season after all but it's a far cry from the 1.4 million passengers that were expected before the pandemic hit; Federal funding for coronavirus aid is helping some Southeast Alaska communities combat existing issues that the pandemic has only made worse; The Juneau Assembly has approved a ballot question seeking $15 million in new debt to pay for city infrastructure projects.

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Newscast – Monday, August 3, 2020

In this newscast: The University of Alaska Southeast has posted its pandemic plan for the upcoming semester; The traveling breast cancer screening unit that serves Southeast Alaska won't be visiting small communities this year due to COVID-19; State representative Gary Knopp, who died in a plane crash Friday, become a pivotal legislator during his two terms; A new emergency order in Anchorage will stop indoor service at restaurants and breweries, restrict gathering sizes and require to work from home if possible to limit the spread of the virus; A marijuana business in Juneau could start allowing onsite cannabis consumption if given permit approval later this month, making it the first business in the city to do so.

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Newscast – Thursday, July 30, 2020

In this newscast: Alaska is well behind other states in the 2020 Census as census efforts continue throughout the U.S.; The 2020 Alaska Day Festival in Sitka has been cancelled because of the steady increase in coronavirus infections in the state; The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida India Tribes has a proposal to build not one, but two re-entry housing facilities in Lemon Creek for men recently released from prison.

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Newscast – Wednesday, July 29, 2020

In this newscast: Gov. Dunleavy announces non-residents will no longer have the option to be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at airports, a municipal organization leader questions if second-class boroughs have the legal authority to impose health mandates, Alaska State Troopers continue investigating a Petersburg area car crash that killed four, Republicans are campaigning against fellow Republican Rep. David Eastman of Wasilla, the U.S. Department of Interior announces it will open its first office dedicated to investigating cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous people, a Juneau hiker walks into a strange sign on the trail about "poop pumping," Juneau is on track to break a summer rainfall record, and local parks officials close Twin Lakes to swimming because of high levels of fecal bacteria.

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Newscast — Tuesday, July 28, 2020

In this newscast: Juneau's police department followed the lead of other communities in Alaska and made its policies and procedures manual available to the public on Monday; Despite Mertarvik residents reporting numerous health improvements since moving from Newtook, the new village also presents some significant health risks; The start of the school year for students in Juneau is about four weeks away and families still have a lot of questions about how kids will be educated during the pandemic; A rocket will be sent into space from Kodiak next week with more set to be launched later after a delay in the launch schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Newscast — Monday, July 27, 2020

In this newscast: Scientists, emergency managers and Juneau residents are bracing for an event at the Mendenhall Glacier that could flood a nearby lake and river again; Cities, boroughs and communities across Alaska have received over $300 million in federal coronavirus relief, but the funding comes with significant strings attached; Echo Ranch Bible Camp has canceled all remaining summer camp sessions after two campers were tested for COVID-19.

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Newscast — Friday, July 24, 2020

In this newscast: Even when the owners of a local seafood processor thought they did everything right to keep their business running, the virus still found its way into the facility; Just 24 hours after the filing period opened to run for Sitka Assembly and School Board, Gary Paxton filed for reelection as Sitka's mayor on Tuesday; An inmate who was briefly jailed at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

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Newscast — Thursday, July 23, 2020

In this newscast: A Juneau man is accusing the police department of using excessive force and racially profiling him during a recent traffic stop.; The Food Bank of Alaska says the coronavirus pandemic has had a "dramatic impact" on the need for food assistance in the state; Starting today state workers and people who visit state buildings will be required to wear masks; The mayor of Anchorage is limiting gathering sizes and the number of people allowed in certain businesses in response to rising coronavirus cases; The Bureau of Land Management has approved the proposed route for the controversial Ambler Road project.

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Newscast — Wednesday, July 22, 2020

In this newscast: Seven Juneau residents have tested positive for COVID-19; Alaska has been added to travel advisory lists in three East Coast states because of the state's rising case rate; Nine tribal governments in Southeast Alaska submitted a petition to the United States Department of Agriculture on Tuesday; During a time of year when weather conditions mean lots of clouds and rain in Juneau, seeing the NEOWISE comet is a tough game of chance; The mayor of Anchorage is limiting gathering sizes and the number of people allowed in bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in response to rising COVID-19 cases; A powerful earthquake off Alaska's southern coast has jolted coastal communities and forced residents to briefly scramble for higher ground over fears of a tsunami.

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Newscast — Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In this newscast: The Juneau Assembly passed an emergency ordinance last night mandating face coverings in most public settings; The assembly also had its first hearing and substantive discussion on Monday on a pitch to create a systemic racism review committee; At least one musician is performing in a very different space in Juneau -- bringing playful vacation vibes to an everyday task; The group tasked with reforming the Alaska Marine Highway System has said a $24 million subsidy proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to run the system is insufficient; State prosecutors have dropped at least one criminal case because overcrowding at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute caused wait times so long that due process protections were violated.

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