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In Alaska, voters reject once-in-a-decade constitutional convention question

Alaskans went to the polls Tuesday to answer a once-in-a-decade ballot measure question: Shall there be a constitutional convention? Their answer was a resounding “No.”With 96% of precincts reporting, only 30.2% of Alaskans...

University of Alaska administration and faculty union reach tentative contract agreement

By Lisa Phu Alaska BeaconThe University of Alaska’s administration and its faculty union reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Monday, ending 14 months of negotiations. The sometimes contentious process resulted in...

What a constitutional convention has to do with abortion rights in Alaska

By Lisa Phu Alaska BeaconIn the general election next week, Alaska voters will answer a yes-no question: “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention?” While the pro-Convention side has emphasized putting the Permanent Fund...

Alaska Corrections reports 16th death of 2022, surpassing previous decade-high number of in-custody deaths

By Lisa Phu Alaska BeaconPaul Harris, 69, died on Oct. 23 at Goose Creek Correctional Center, becoming the 16th person to die in the state’s prison system this year, according to an Alaska...

A brother seeks answers over Alaska deaths in custody

Ever since his brother, 31-year-old James Rider, became the 12th person to die while in Alaska Department of Corrections custody, Mike Cox has been trying to get the department to answer his questions.“I...

Administration says Corrections deaths not ‘unusual,’ ACLU says it’s deflecting responsibility

None of the 15 people to die in Alaska Department of Corrections custody in 2022 so far “died as a result of others,” according to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Acting Corrections Commissioner Jen Winkelman...

Quakers formally apologize to Alaska Native communities for residential schools

The Alaska Quakers apologized to Alaska Native communities for the boarding schools it ran in Alaska and the United States, which forcibly assimilated and abused Indigenous children, separated them from their families and...

Two more people die after a short time in Alaska Corrections custody

Two people died this week after a short time in Alaska Department of Corrections custody, bringing the total number of in-custody deaths this year to 14. .link-button { border-radius: 5px; border-color: #333;...

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