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Alaska Faces 'Epidemic of Deadly Violence Against Women'

State has country's highest rate of women killed by men for 7th year in a row

(Newser) - Alaska is once again at the top of a grim list. The Violence Policy Center says the state is "experiencing a prolonged epidemic of deadly violence against women" and, for the seventh year in a row, has America's highest homicide rate for "female victims killed by male...

Nearly Every Alaska Resident Just Got a $3K Windfall

It was the highest-ever of the state's annual oil-wealth payouts

(Newser) - Nearly every single Alaskan got a financial windfall amounting to more than $3,000 Tuesday, the day the state began distributing payments from Alaska’s investment fund that has been seeded with money from the state’s oil riches, the AP reports. The payments, officially called the Permanent Fund Dividend...

'Strongest Storm in Over a Decade' Set to Slam Alaska

Remnants of Typhoon Merbok to wreak havoc on state's western coast this weekend

(Newser) - There may be only remnants of Typhoon Merbok moving toward Alaska's western coastline, but that doesn't mean the weather there won't pack a punch when it hits land. In fact, forecasters are calling the storm set to slam the Last Frontier on Friday "the strongest storm...

Alaska Makes Historic Pick Over Palin

Mary Peltola, a Democrat, will be the first Alaska Native the state has sent to the House

(Newser) - Democrat Mary Peltola won the special election for Alaska's only US House seat on Wednesday, besting a field that included Republican Sarah Palin, who was seeking a political comeback in the state where she was once governor. Peltola, who is Yup’ik and turned 49 on Wednesday, will become...

Her Alaskan Election Surprise May Lead to History
Her Alaskan Election Surprise
May Lead to History
the rundown

Her Alaskan Election Surprise May Lead to History

Democrat Mary Peltola has a decent chance to become first Alaska Native in Congress

(Newser) - One of the bigger surprises from this week's primary voting came out of Alaska , where Democrat Mary Peltola leads Sarah Palin and a slew of other Republicans in the race to be the state's lone member of Congress. The seat is vacant because of the death of Republican...

Tuesday's Primaries Cemented a New GOP
Tuesday's Primaries
Cemented a New GOP
THE RUNDOWN

Tuesday's Primaries Cemented a New GOP

Cheney vows to continue fighting 'against those who would destroy our republic'

(Newser) - Liz Cheney knew she was fighting a losing battle. Had she cozied up to Donald Trump, she might have easily won her Wyoming primary on Tuesday instead of losing handily (she had 29% support to Harriet Hageman's 66%, with 99% of expected votes counted, per the Washington Post )....

Murkowski and Palin Advance in Alaska Primary

This year marks the state's first use of ranked-choice voting

(Newser) - Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski advanced from her primary along with Kelly Tshibaka, her GOP rival endorsed by former President Trump, while another Trump-backed Republican, Sarah Palin, was among the candidates bound for the November general election in the race for Alaska's only House seat. Per the AP , Murkowski...

Primary Day: 3 Big Names on Ballot, Plus One That Isn't

Liz Cheney, Sarah Palin, and Lisa Murkowski fight to move on, all with fates tied to Donald Trump

(Newser) - Pretty much all the focus in Tuesday's primary schedule is on three high-profile names—Liz Cheney, Lisa Murkowski, and Sarah Palin—all of whom have a strong connection to former President Trump. Here's the latest on the contests out of Wyoming and Alaska:
  • Cheney: The sentiment about the
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On Primary Eve, Different Outlooks for Cheney, Murkowski

Both GOPers have been strong Trump critics, but Murkowski's prospects look better than Cheney's

(Newser) - They hail from their states' most prominent Republican families. They've been among the GOP's sharpest critics of former President Trump. And after the Jan. 6 insurrection, they supported his impeachment. But for all their similarities, the political fortunes of US Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and US Rep....

In This Remote Part of US, Amazon Prime Is a Food Tool

Eater takes a look at meal planning in the Alaskan bush

(Newser) - Supply shortages and high prices since the start of the pandemic have forced many Americans to alter their spending and consumption habits. Those same economic forces also hit communities in the remote Alaskan Bush, but that’s nothing new up there. According to Bree Kessler, writing for Eater, people in...

Alaska Troopers: Teen Kills 3 Siblings, Himself

Bodies were found at Fairbanks home

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy shot and killed three siblings at a home near Fairbanks, Alaska, and was found dead with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities say. In a statement , Alaska State Troopers said they received a report of shots being fired at a Fairbanks home on Tuesday afternoon. Responding troopers...

Study: McCandless May Have Been a Victim of Bad Timing

Researchers: River he tried, failed to cross may have been passable a day before, after

(Newser) - A study on the hydrology of Alaska's Teklanika River in the summer of 1992 might seem like a subject that would have limited appeal—were it not for the young man who tried and failed to cross it. That would be Christopher McCandless, whose death that year in the...

Woman Says She Gave Cops 'White Privilege Card'

Police in Anchorage are investigating

(Newser) - The Anchorage Police Department says it's investigating a woman's claim that she was pulled over by police and didn't receive a ticket after she showed them a "White Privilege Card." In a now-deleted Facebook post, Mimi Israelah said she was pulled over for weaving on...

After Putin Ally's Alaska Threat, Strange Billboards Emerge

'Alaska Is Ours!' signage in Siberia appears after Putin ally suggests taking back territory sold to US

(Newser) - Sarah Palin may be able to see Russia from her house, but she may soon regret that proximity if one Putin ally and an unnamed "patriot" have their way. Newsweek reports that multiple billboards popped up in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Thursday, all bearing the same message...

4 Bears Killed in Campground Reserved for Homeless

People moved to park after Anchorage closed pandemic mass shelter

(Newser) - Alaska wildlife officials have killed four black bears in a campground recently reserved for people in Anchorage who are homeless after the closure of the city's largest shelter. Employees from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday killed a sow, her two cubs, and another adult bear...

Sarah Palin Advances in House Election
Sarah Palin Opponent
Exits House Race
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Sarah Palin Opponent Exits House Race

She'll face 3 others in the August special election

(Newser) - Update: Al Gross, an independent running for Alaska's only US House seat, said late Monday that he is ending his campaign, the AP reports. Gross in a statement said it was “with great hope for Alaska’s future” that he has decided to end his campaign. He said...

Alaska Kids Were Given Floor Sealant Instead of Milk

District blames mix-up at storage site

(Newser) - Police in Juneau, Alaska, are investigating an apparent mix-up that caused 12 kids and two adults to be served floor sealant instead of milk. The school district says the sealant was served with breakfast meals at a summer day care program at the Sit Eeti Shaanax Glacier Valley Elementary School,...

Sarah Palin Has Big Lead in Alaska Primary

Voters are whittling down list of 48 candidates

(Newser) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leads in early results from Saturday's special primary for the state's only US House seat, as voters whittled down the list of 48 candidates running for the position that was held for 49 years by the late US Rep. Don Young. The early...

Feds: Bear Whisperer Star Is a Bear Poacher

Blaine Anthony accused of illegally killing bears in Alaska park

(Newser) - The "Bear Whisperer" is a bear poacher, according to federal investigators. Harvey Neil Anthony, star and producer of a hunting show called the Bear Whisperer, is accused of illegally hunting bears in a national park in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The 55-year-old, who goes by the name...

Standing Between Sarah Palin and Congress: Santa Claus

Bernie Sanders supporter from North Pole, Alaska, wants to 'legislate for greater good'

(Newser) - If Sarah Palin wants a seat in Congress , she'll first have to get past Santa Claus. That's the legal name of a city council member in—where else?—North Pole, Alaska, who's one of almost 50 people battling Palin for the state's only congressional seat. As...

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