Tegan Hanlon

A proposed change to statewide regulations may ease the path toward special education services for Alaska students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders by expanding the range of professionals who can diagnose the condition, according to medical and special education professionals...

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Juneau police officer Brent Bartlett said he turned around his patrol car Wednesday morning when he saw what looked like “a little brown puffball” in the road. It turned out to be a tiny, injured owl.

Bartlett put on gloves, picked up the owl and called the Juneau Raptor Center, a nonprofit that treats injured raptors and other birds. Winds had whipped through town overnight and Bartlett said he thought the storm may have left the owl hurt or “just exhausted.”

“He was not acting like a wild bird,” Bartlett said. He asked a police dispatcher to set up a makeshift nest. But before Bartlett returned to the office, he responded to a report of a found purse. The owl, he quipped, "was my backup."...

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Three Alaska schools were among the 335 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized Tuesday for their overall academic excellence or progress in closing the achievement gap...

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A black bear walked into a Juneau apartment building early Tuesday and got lost, leaving police with the job of going in to find it.

But before police could spot the bear, it appears to have climbed onto a desk, which toppled, and exited the downtown building through a broken window. No one was hurt, but at least one person got an unwelcome visitor in their apartment, the Juneau Police Department said in a Facebook post .

The police response started around 12:25 a.m. Tuesday after a resident of Fosbee Apartments on Disdin Avenue reported the intruder, said Erann Kalwara, a Juneau police spokesperson...

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The Alaska Legislature’s lawsuit to block Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion will continue in state Superior Court after a House-Senate committee met behind closed doors Monday to discuss the litigation, but declined to stop it with a public vote.

“Personally, I don’t believe that litigation is a productive course of action,” Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, said after the Joint Legislative Council meeting. “However, as I look at the passion on both sides of this issue, no one is going to be satisfied until litigation is complete.” That could take up two years, he said...

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At first, Elizabeth Wilson thought the East High School student who showed up at her house just wanted to spend time with her daughters -- but then he started arriving even when the girls weren’t there.

He had homework to do.

"Finally it was like, 'Oh, he’s always using the graphing calculator,'" Wilson said on a recent weekday afternoon. "He told me he couldn’t afford one."

Wilson noticed that at some schools, graphing calculators only highlighted the gap between the haves and the have-nots. That's because prices can approach $140 for newer models of the technology, a staple of advanced math courses for decades.

The inequity had a simple and reachable solution, she thought: Get more calculators...

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Three Alaska health care providers filed a lawsuit this week against the private company they say implemented a bungled Medicaid payment system by reimbursing bills for services late or sometimes not at all.

The failures by Xerox State Healthcare LLC, the state's Medicaid contractor, resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in costs incurred by the state's providers, the lawsuit charged...

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A 51-year-old man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 30 months in prison for assaulting a man on the U.S. Coast Guard base in Kodiak, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Michael Ensley of Kodiak pleaded guilty on June 1 to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. A federal judge also ordered Ensley to pay more than $28,000 to the victims of the assault, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

According to a sentencing memorandum filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder, Ensley entered the Coast Guard base illegally on Feb. 16, 2015, and walked to the commissary, where he "attacked a man he thought was having an affair with his wife."...

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Anchorage police asked for the public's help Wednesday to identify a man captured on video walking through a Fairview parking lot shortly after Abraham Midgett III was shot and killed on March 20.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro described the unidentified man as a "person of interest" in the case. He appeared to be wearing a black baseball cap with white stitching, a black jacket, dark pants and dark shoes. He was smoking a cigarette as he walked by the now-shuttered Spirits of Alaska liquor store on Gambell Street...

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Anchorage police say a jawbone found among fallen leaves in South Anchorage this summer may belong to a man who killed himself in the wooded area a decade ago.

"The suicide victim was pretty badly decomposed, and there were some body parts missing," said APD Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz. "We are pretty convinced it is from him."

Markiewicz said the man hanged himself near the 9400 block of Brayton Drive in 2005. Police found his body in June of that year, weeks after he went missing...

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