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Plaintiff says won't appeal ballot lawsuit ruling

Sep 29, 2014 -- 11:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the merged campaigns of two Alaska gubernatorial candidates says he won't appeal a judge's ruling that an emergency order allowing the ticket was valid. Plaintiff Steve Strait says state lawmakers should enact a permanent regulation to address a legal "train wreck." The Sept. 2 order was issued by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who was named in the lawsuit. The order paved the way for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and run as Walker's lieutenant governor after their lieutenant governor candidates withdrew from their races. The state maintained Alaska statutes are silent on how to fill vacancies left by the withdrawal of a no-party candidate. Superior Court Judge John Suddock sided with the state Friday.

Woman boarding plane charged with drug offenses

Sep 29, 2014 -- 11:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 42-year-old Kodiak woman suspected of carrying narcotics was taken into custody in Anchorage as she attempted to board a flight to Kodiak. State Troopers say Tamra M. Jones was investigated as part of a long-term narcotics investigation by the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team. Jones was detained Saturday. After officers obtained a search warrant to conduct a body scan, she was taken to a hospital. Troopers say the scan revealed she was concealing a balloon with smaller items inside her body. Trooper say Jones voluntarily removed the balloon and it contained 24.3 grams of heroin, valued at $24,000 in Kodiak, and 8.3 grams of methamphetamine, valued at $2,500. Jones was charged with four counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance. She was jailed with bail set at $25,000.

More than 9 inches of rain floods Ketchikan lakes

Sep 29, 2014 -- 10:30am
- KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - More than 9 inches of rain fell this weekend in Ketchikan, and a landslide temporarily disrupted the flow of the city's water supply. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the city received more than 5.7 inches of rain on Saturday, followed by nearly 3.7 inches on Sunday. The heavy rains sent mud and debris into Granite Basin early Sunday morning, causing turbidity levels to surpass Environmental Protection Agency standards. The city was on back up water for about eight hours until the turbidity settled. The slide also caused trees to plus the drainage at Granite Basin, causing water to go over the top of the dam. The trees will be cleared once water levels drop. Flooding was also reported at Silvis, Whitman, Fawn and Ward lakes.

Alaska firefighters wrap up training conference

Sep 29, 2014 -- 10:15am
- KENAI, Alaska (AP) - Firefighters from around Alaska wrapped up a training conference with some friendly competition. The Peninsula Clarion says 250 firefighters attended the 2014 Alaska Fire Conference, which concluded Saturday. The conference kicked off Sept. 17 at Kenai Central High School. Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was among the speakers at the opening ceremony. Treadwell, who lost his father in a fire, urged the firefighters to never quit training. Saturday's competitive events included a 3.43-K race in honor of the 343 New York City firefighters who died Sept. 11, 2001. Many of the participating competitors ran in full gear. Other events included racing to extinguish a barrel fire, setting up a ladder and hooking up a hose by relay teams. Next year's conference is scheduled to be held in Seward.

Students learn about consent when it comes to sex

Sep 29, 2014 -- 10:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Freshmen at the University of Alaska Southeast are learning about what constitutes consent when it comes to sex. It is part of a renewed focus on cracking down on sexual violence on college campuses nationwide. New guidelines from the federal government require that colleges talk to students about consent. At a recent orientation, student conduct administrator Lori Klein said no means no. But she said there are also situations where yes does not mean yes, such as when someone is drunk or incapacitated. KTOO reports that faculty and staff also were required to undergo training to learn to recognize the signs of trauma related to sexual assault.

Police arrest man disrupting Anchorage traffic

Sep 29, 2014 -- 9:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police say they took a man into custody who wandered through busy east-side traffic and knocked down an officer trying to make him stop. The Alaska Dispatch News reports the man was eventually shocked with a stun gun and handcuffed. Drivers just before 4 p.m. Sunday called police to report a man in traffic at Debarr Road near Debarr Circle. Traffic was rerouted and officers circled the man on a sidewalk. Police say the man pushed an officer, who hit his head on a truck fender and suffered a bruise. Other officers used a Taser to shock the man and he was taken into custody in the parking lot of Alaska Regional Hospital. He was not immediately charged.
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