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The Alaska Senate’s discussion of a marijuana crime bill was put on hold until Monday after two amendments were offered too soon to be studied before Friday's floor session began, lawmakers said.

One amendment, to be introduced by Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, deals with marijuana concentrates. The other would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances in state laws and will be introduced by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage.

The bill up for debate, Senate Bill 30 , addresses marijuana and Alaska’s criminal statutes and was introduced as part of the response to the initiative approved in November that legalized some recreational uses of the drug...

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A 17-year-old was charged with manslaughter last week for his alleged role in a shooting in an Anchorage Walgreens parking lot in late January that left 18-year-old Charles Gustav Steinhilpert III dead.

The Jan. 25 shooting stemmed from a drug deal during which the buyers intended to steal marijuana, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Owen Morgan Olrun, who police say was the drug dealer, was the fifth person to be arrested in connection with the shooting...

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A marijuana trade show slated for mid-April in downtown Anchorage announced its cancellation on Wednesday, citing a letter sent out last week from Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office prohibiting the possession, use or display of marijuana for any marijuana-related event in municipal facilities.

Municipal attorney Dennis Wheeler crafted the letter. Wheeler said that “the municipality at this time is not inclined to allow the use of marijuana in its facilities.”

The letter , dated March 20, was sent to municipal facility property managers to provide guidance when approached with inquiries regarding marijuana-related events, Wheeler said...

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A bill that would end federal prosecution of medical marijuana in states where it has been legalized was introduced Monday in the U.S. House by Alaska Rep. Don Young and Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee.

The legislation, HR 1538 , is the companion to a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 10 by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey. The bills are identical in language, Young spokesperson Matt Shuckerow said Tuesday...

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Anchorage police said Saturday they responded to three unrelated early-morning incidents involving abuse of alcohol.

The first occurred shortly after midnight when police responded to a hospital. A 16-year-old boy had been dropped at the emergency room with a gunshot wound in his thigh. The boy reportedly had been accidentally shot by his friend in an incident on the 1300 block of Chirikof Court.

Officers went to the residence, where they determined that the 16-year-old and a 14-year-old had been drinking alcohol. The 14-year-old was “playing around with a gun when it went off,” striking the 16-year-old in the leg, police wrote...

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The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday reversed a lower-court decision denying an inmate access to a kosher diet and prayer shawl, sending the case back to Anchorage Superior Court for further review.

Paul T. Stavenjord, a Buddhist inmate at Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla, brought the appeal. He was found guilty in 1998 on two counts of first-degree murder for killing his neighbors Deborah Rehor and Carl “Rick” Beery the year before near Chulitna, northeast of Talkeetna. Stavenjord is serving a 198-year sentence.

According to court documents, Stavenjord, 64, claims to be a Buddhist monk ordained by the Tenshin Ryushin-Ji Buddhist Temple and a qualified Buddhist teacher with 30 years of experience, as well as a “prison ministries adviser” for the temple...

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A midflight marriage proposal Wednesday, March 18, 2015, left an Alaska Airlines flight attendant so speechless she almost forgot to say yes...

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A midflight marriage proposal Wednesday left an Alaska Airlines flight attendant so speechless she almost forgot to say yes.

Eric Greener, 30, proposed to Brandy Hollenbeck, 34, on a morning flight from Seattle to Juneau, surprising Hollenbeck and delighting passengers and the rest of the crew.

Greener is a pilot with Ravn Alaska. He had known for months that he wanted to surprise her with a midflight proposal, but the plan was put into motion with a “spur-of-the-moment” decision, he said.

The proposal was filmed by an Alaska Airlines employee. In it, Greener can be heard telling the story of how he and Hollenbeck met before he proposes over the airplane intercom...

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Anchorage police served a search warrant on the Alaska Cannabis Club's downtown clubhouse on Friday afternoon, taking boxes of evidence from the residence as club owner Charlo Greene watched...

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Anchorage police served a search warrant on the Alaska Cannabis Club's downtown clubhouse on Friday afternoon, taking boxes of evidence from the residence as club owner Charlo Greene watched.

Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro told reporters on scene later Friday afternoon that police had received reports of illegal marijuana sales occurring at the clubhouse. No charges had been filed Friday, Castro said...

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