Becky Bohrer

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said violence in video games and movies should be discussed as part of a larger debate on gun violence and suggested Feb. 26 that states should decide whether schoolteachers should be armed.

Meanwhile, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who was in Washington, D.C., for a gathering of the nation’s governors, told The Associated Press something must be done in response to the violence.

U.S. Rep. Don Young is updating his financial disclosures to show ownership in a family farm dating to the 1990s and income from oil and gas leases, omissions that a Young spokesman called inadvertent but that Young’s Democratic rival in this year’s election characterized as a betrayal of trust.

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday appointed Ivy Spohnholz to fill the state House seat vacated when Anchorage Democratic Rep. Max Gruenberg died last month, saying Spohnholz will be a “worthy successor.”

Spohnholz was one of three finalists for the job whose names were sent to Walker for consideration by Anchorage Democrats. The other two were Taylor Brelsford and Kendra Kloster.

By law, the appointee must be a member of the same political party as the predecessor, and in this case, would be subject to confirmation by House Democrats.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican presidential preference poll in Alaska late Tuesday, edging national GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Trump had come into the contest with the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio finished third in Alaska.

JUNEAU (AP) — A regulatory board in Alaska on Feb. 24 began accepting applications for marijuana business licenses — the next step in setting up the state’s legal pot industry.

Leif Abel has the date marked on his calendar. He and his partners have been building a facility on the Kenai Peninsula for their company, Greatland Ganja. To apply for a license, prospective business operators need to have secured a site.

That has proven to be a challenge in some parts of the state due to location and zoning restrictions, local community bans or wary property owners.