KTOO News Update

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


Newscast – Thursday, August 20, 2020

In this newscast: As Juneau's number of positive COVID-19 cases trends upward, new policies are taking effect to control the spread; A Ketchikan mayor has vetoed a resolution asking the state legislature to expand sexual and gender identity protection; A Haines man was awarded a prize in the town's Fourth of July parade when he donned a Donald Trump mask and drove a car that was cut in half; City and state transportation officials signed a deal recently that's a step toward a long-standing goal to build a second road crossing to Douglas Island; A key federal permitting decision on a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region could still be weeks away.

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Newscast – Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020

In this newscast:  COVID-19 tests for the crew of the state ferry Matanuska come back clear, the latest COVID-19 case numbers for Juneau, state elections officials give last minute notice to six rural Alaska villages that they won't have polling places, Juneau policymakers are at their wits' end searching for child care fixes, a former police officer settles a sexual harassment lawsuit with the city of Sitka, the Metlakatla Indian Community sues the state over the commercial fishing permit system, and a bald eagle in Michigan tussles with a drone mapping erosion along Lake Michigan. 

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Newscast – Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

In this newscast:  About 25 people test positive for COVID-19 at Kensington Mine, Alaska records its 28th death related to the disease, Crew members on the state ferry Matanuska get tested after transporting a group of infected passengers, Kake deals with its first outbreak of COVID-19, Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel faces challenger Roger Holland in Tuesday's Republican primary, 123 employees at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport are set to be laid off in October, President Trump's administration appeals a federal judge's rejection of a plan aimed at building a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, and a Metlakatla fisherman says he's donating a day's salmon catch a week to his community. 

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Newscast – Friday, August 14, 2020

In this newscast: A new report captures a grim economic snapshot of how Southeast Alaska has been affected by COVID-19; State troopers have solved a 24-year-old sexual assault and homicide case in Sitka; Alaskans unemployed due to COVID-19 would receive $300 more weekly than normal under a plan announced by Governor Mike Dunleavy today; Some churches in Alaska's largest city have recently defied the emergency order limiting the size of gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Newscast – Thursday, August 13, 2020

In this newscast: Residents clean up some racist graffiti at a Juneau park after it's reported on a public social media page. Juneau police are investigating it as a hate crime; Attorneys for the family of a man fatally shot by a Juneau police officer in December say publicized audio shows the officer's state of mind; Republican state House of Representatives candidate Leslei Becker took to social media on Wednesday to explain a racially charged post last year on a religious blog; Kensington Mine reported Wednesday that a total of 19 of its employees have now tested positive for COVID-19.

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Newscast – Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In this newscast: Attorneys for the family of a man fatally shot by a Juneau police officer last December are highlighting audio of the officer talking to himself before shooting Kelly Stephens; Local officials in Juneau are moving toward using a prescribed set of policies that shift on the fly, according to the community's risk status; A Petersburg-based whale watching and charter company documented a rare white orca swimming in the waters of Southeast Alaska; The passenger who tested positive for coronavirus abord the only cruise ship to sail in Alaska during the pandemic does not have COVID-19; The mother of a baby born on an airplane that was taking her to a hospital in Anchorage has named her son Sky to reflect his unique birth.

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Newscast – Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In this newscast: The state of Alaska is filing a lawsuit in federal court, alleging the U.S. Office of Subsistence Management has overstepped its authority; Hear from three candidates running against Dan Sullivan for the U.S. Senate race to represent Alaska; The Southeast community of Angoon is now requiring face coverings in most public places; An Anchorage diner owner who kept his restaurant open in defiance of a city order says the business will be open for takeout only.

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Newscast – Monday, August 10, 2020

In this newscast: Juneau's students are going back to school this week, but they're not physically going back to school; With a renewed sense of urgency since the pandemic, an online Tlingit class works on the frontlines of language revitalization in Alaska; A fishing crew near Prince of Wales Island recently made an unusual catch -- a Pacific green sea turtle; A flood warning for the Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River is in effect until at least 11 o'clock Monday.

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Newscast – Friday, August 7, 2020

In this newscast: Juneau police say they arrested three men after their response to a call of a knife-wielding man devolving into a "chaotic scene" with some bystanders crowding around, filming and yelling at officers; Census officials are sounding the alarm about a low rate of response in Alaska, despite having started the once-a-decade tally of everyone living in the United States in an Alaska village; With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Willie Hensley speaks about his memoir, land claims and some of the legacies he's helped shape; Three residents and one staff member of the Anchorage Pioneer Home have tested positive for the coronavirus; An attorney has said the city of Anchorage will take legal action against a local business for violating an order prohibiting indoor dining at restaurants and breweries during the coronavirus pandemic.

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