KTOO News Update

KTOO News Update

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

Newscast – Wednesday, May 19, 2021

In this newscast: Juneau's high school seniors are finally graduating this weekend after facing the unprecedented challenge of finishing high school during a global pandemic; An Alaska Native Corporation shareholder has won a partial victory on appeal in his fight with state financial regulators over critical social media posts; Alaska lawmakers passed a bill to Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday that boosters say would ensure better long-term planning for the state-run ferry system.

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Newscast – Tuesday, May 18, 2021

In this newscast: A Juneau resident has asked the state for a permit to build a gravel trail in the Montana Creek area; Each year, the American Red Cross of Alaska awards people around the state for acts of heroism in their community; Friends, family, law enforcement and search and rescue teams are still looking for an elderly Juneau woman who disappeared Sunday in the Lemon Creek area.

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Ivan Sebastian Perez is in fourth grade at Mendenhall River Community School.

Newscast – Monday, May 17, 2021

In this newscast: After a year unlike any other, teachers, students and parents across the country are hoping for a less surprising school year this fall; Alaska will join at least 12 other states in opting out of extra federal benefits for unemployed workers, citing workforce shortages; Legislators and others in the Capitol are no longer required to wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Newscast – Thursday, May 13, 2021

In this newscast: Some Ketchikan businesses have shut their doors and community events have been canceled after emergency officials raised the community's pandemic risk level to its highest level; Across Alaska, internet users are being offered $75-per-month discounts as pandemic relief; Guardian Flight has settled a wrongful death lawsuit over a 2019 air ambulance crash in Southeast Alaska that killed three people; Former Republican Governor Sean Parnell will be the new leader of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the state's largest public university.

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The Wilderness Adventurer, a small cruise ship operated by Seattle-based UnCruise.

Newscast – Wednesday, May 12, 2021

In this newscast: The small cruise ship season has started in Juneau and the visitor industry is gearing up for it -- though it's not clear how many people are coming; The Admiralty Island village of Angoon has received nearly $2 million in federal funding to build a visitor center; The proposal to tamp down on the sale and use of fireworks in Juneau is headed to a public hearing and final vote; Authorities in Ketchikan have for the first time raised the community's pandemic risk level to its highest mark.

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Women carry red dresses to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People during the Women's March in 2019 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Lyndsey Brollini/KTOO)

Newscast – Monday, May 10, 2021

In this newscast: Many Instagram users reported that content they shared about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Day had disappeared; The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says its latest guidance for cruise ship operators could allow passenger voyages to resume by midsummer; Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy's administration has granted the governor's former chief of staff a waiver from state ethics laws in his new job at ConocoPhillips.

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Newscast – Friday, May 7, 2021

In this newscast: An invasive fungus is threatening Alaska's frogs, toads, newts and salamanders; Tiny homes have gained traction in recent years as an affordable housing alternative, but building them legally poses a challenge in many communities; About half of Alaskans who responded to an online survey say they had not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine yet; The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court says the court system did not receive a ransom demand or any direct message from those involved in a cybersecurity attack last week.

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