Local orgs donate $38,000 to speed up processing of Nome’s sexual assault kits

Right now, according to NPD’s Evidence Custodian Paul Kosto, the state lab is taking about a year to process kits.

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Newscast – Friday, September 25, 2020

In this newscast: a record number of COVID-19 deaths in Alaska, a big airport grant for Juneau, jury trials resume, the ‘Into the Wild’ bus finds a new home, and more.

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Ketchikan Borough Assembly passes pro-police resolution seen as ‘backlash’ to LGBTQ rights measure

The borough mayor broke a 3-3 tie, passing a resolution calling on the the state legislature to add police officers to the list of classes protected from discrimination.

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COVID-19 almost sank the Haines bookstore. A local author’s national fans saved sales.

After Heather Lende posted that readers could get signed and personalized books from the Haines bookstore, hundreds of readers from out-of-state placed orders.

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Juneau reports two inmates at Lemon Creek among 9 new COVID-19 cases

Two inmates at the Lemon Creek Correctional Facility in Juneau tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.  According to the city, both had recently been admitted to the facility and were in quarantine, so they didn’t have contact with other inmates.  An Alaska Department of Corrections spokesperson didn’t immediately return an email seeking more information about…

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Neighbors in Hyder, Alaska and Stewart, B. C. ask Canada to ease border restrictions

Residents in Hyder and Stewart are advocating for what they’re calling the Bear Bubble, which would create a shared space for residents in both communities and exempt them from the quarantine rules.

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Online film festival features Alaska Native and First Nations documentaries

All three films are available to watch for free on Vision Maker’s First Indigenous Online Film Festival page until September 14.

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