New legislation improves earthquake preparedness in AlaskaAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy DeskCongress passed a bill Tuesday to improve how the country prepares for earthquakes. While the legislation renews an existing law, Alaska Earthquake Center director Michael West said it’s more important and exciting than it sounds.Climate, infrastructure impact Alaska heating costsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauA new report from the federal Energy Information Administration forecasts U.S. households will spend more to heat their homes this winter. But, what happens in the lower 48 doesn’t necessarily hold true in Alaska.Real or fake? Christmas tree companies compete for customersAnna King, Northwest News NetworkThe companies behind each type of Christmas tree are going at it with online ad campaigns to convince consumers their trees are better. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsClimate change will cost Alaska hundreds of millions per year, report findsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy DeskA report out of the University of Alaska Anchorage estimates some of the most certain consequences of climate change in Alaska will cost the state between $340 and $700 million per year over the next three to five decades.Is there something for everyone in a new vision for Tongass roads?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauA divided federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that Alaska’s limit on what nonresidents can contribute to candidates is unconstitutional.Icebreaker could lose out to wallLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – WashingtonPresident Trump said he’ll shut down the government if he doesn’t get $5 billion for border security, and one of his top priorities is a wall on the southern border. But if he gets his way, it could mean Alaska’s congressional delegation would lose one of its top priorities: a polar icebreaker.What’s behind a wave of threats in Anchorage schools?Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor weeks, Anchorage schools have been grappling with a wave of violent threats. Officials stress that while none of them have posed a real risk to public safety, they’re being taken seriously.Community forum focuses on helping people who are homeless with improved behavioral health careAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAbout half of the people experiencing homeless have mental illnesses or substance misuse disorders and can’t access the behavioral health services they need. It hurts the people who need support and the community in general. More than 175 people attended a recent meeting in Anchorage to discuss possible solutions.National Guard rescues pilot and passenger after Montague Island plane crashAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerTwo people were rescued after a Cessna 172 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff and subsequently caught fire.