Nikos Tsafos of Enalytica warned lawmakers of major unkowns in a state-led gas line project. "If I were taking over a $50 billion project, I would be a lot more worried than I feel folks are worried," he said. Photo: Rachel Waldholz, Alaska's Energy Desk

State takes control of gas line megaproject; consultant warns of major risks

by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk
- After months of mixed signals, Gov. Bill Walker's administration and the state's three current partners - ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips -- told lawmakers this week that the state will take the lead on the megaproject as soon as this fall.

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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte attends a news conference on Aug. 12 in Rio de Janeiro. (Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Brazilian police charge Ryan Lochte with making a false report

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The saga of the swimmer and the robbery-that-wasn’t continues. The charge against the 32-year-old U.S. Olympian carries a penalty of up to 18 months in prison in Brazil.

The FDA says that facilities that collect blood donations throughout the United States should be testing donations for Zika within 12 weeks. Toby Talbot/Associated Press)

All U.S. blood donations should be screened for Zika, FDA says

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The recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration represent a major expansion in testing blood for Zika. The agency had earlier advised testing only in areas with an active outbreak.

Sama Wareh walks along a California beach in swimwear designed for Muslim women. The photo is from 2007. (Chris Carlson/Associated Press)

France’s highest court suspends burkini ban in one town

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This has definitely been the summer of the burkini. Here’s some background on the swimwear that’s launched a worldwide debate.

Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

Orlando hospitals say they won’t bill victims of Pulse Nightclub shooting

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Two Florida hospitals treating survivors of the mass shooting will be looking for other sources of payment — or waiving fees altogether — instead of making victims pay for their treatment.

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Alaska State Fair institutes ‘smoke-free’ policy

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For 80 years, The Alaska State Fair has been operating without prohibiting smoking on fair grounds. This year’s fair, which opened yesterday in Palmer, is changing its policy on smoking.

10-year-old girl dies of injuries due to ATV accident in Grayling

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A 10-year-old girl has died from injuries she sustained from an ATV accident in Grayling. Aaliyahellie Shangin-Andrews of Anchorage was riding on the back of a 2001 Honda four-wheeler while Kaitlin Andrews, 18, was driving.

Salvation Army seeking donations for Coats for Kids

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The Salvation Army is collecting coats for school-age children again this year, and they are relying on more individual donors.

Contaminated shellfish found in Homer harbor

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The State Department of Health and Social Services is warning residents to exercise caution when collecting shellfish in Homer harbor.

Bethel police chief gives update on low recruiting numbers

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Police Chief Andre Achee presented an update to Bethel City Council on the department’s recruiting efforts since the city gave it the ability to raise its salary budget by more than 25 percent.

The chief reported that the department is still only at 50 percent capacity, with many of the officers working two weeks on, two weeks off.

Anchorage police use gas to force suspect out of home

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A suspect who refused to leave his Anchorage home was forced out by police deploying irritating gas.

The man was arrested early Friday and charged with domestic violence assault and resisting arrest after a nearly eight-hour standoff.

Prince of Wales Island wolf harvest quota set at 11 animals

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The quota for this winter’s annual wolf hunting and trapping season on Prince of Wales Island has been set at 11 animals, up slightly from last year’s quota of nine.

City investigates vessel found burning in Captains Bay

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A vessel caught fire in Unalaska waters last weekend. The incident is still under investigation, but City Manager Dave Martinson said efforts are already underway to address the damaged boat.