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Governor’s revised budget restores some funding for sexual assault prevention

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Advocates for sexual assault and domestic violence programs say the prevention programs were working in Alaska, but state lawmakers slashed funding.

The names of Toivo and Margaret Andersen have been added to the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial this year. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Blessing and remembering Alaska’s commercial fishermen

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This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Juneau’s Blessing of the Fleet.

On Monday night, Mayor Merrill Sanford said the ordinance would result in "a lame duck board," instead of an empowered aquatics board. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Juneau mayor votes ‘no’ on empowered aquatics board

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“This is not an empowered board,” said Mayor Merrill Sanford. “This has veered away from that and has given us a lame duck board.”

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Alexandrium is a genus of dinoflagellates that leads to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. This cell was identified by a team of researchers at NOAA’s biotoxin testing lab in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of NOAA).

Epidemiologists confirm first case of PSP in 2015

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The paralytic shellfish poisoning case originated with clams harvested on a private beach near Ketchikan.

Freshly harvested Potatoes at Meyers Farm in Bethel. (Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK.)

Gardentalk – Potato planting

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With a growing season that lasts 90 to 120 days, Juneau gardeners have a little flexibility in starting their potato crop.

Kivalina City Manager Janet Mitchell says the city’s long-time water plant operator is the only person who knows all the weak points, quirks, and band-aid fixes at the plant. “If he leaves,” said Mitchell, “I quit. It’ll be just hopeless.” (Photo by Joaqlin Estus/KNBA)

Rural Alaska communities struggle to keep water and sewer systems running

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Rural communities that have raised the money for modern sanitation systems face the threat of their ultimate failure from lack of funding for operations and maintenance.

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Update: Legislature votes to leave Juneau, for now

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Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan said the capital city will be ready for legislative business to resume May 12.

The Alaska State Capitol Building. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Walker denies request to move special session to Anchorage

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For days, the executive and legislative branches have been stuck on education funding, Medicaid, and the fundamental responsibility of paying for government.

The Marie Drake Building was built in 1965 and hasn't gone through any major renovations since. Juneau schools Supt. Mark Miller says that's not changing any time soon. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Confusion over school bond bill means no special election for Juneau schools

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“If a municipality holds a bond election after January 1, 2015, under the bill, the state would not provide debt reimbursement to the municipality,” says a letter from the attorney general to Gov. Walker.

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Anchorage senior wins national Poetry Out Loud competition

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West Anchorage High Senior Maeva Ordaz won the national Poetry Out Loud competition this week in Washington DC. It’s the first time an Alaskan has both reached the finals and won.

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To plan port’s future, city looks to current users

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Unalaska is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the aging Port of Dutch Harbor. The hope is to serve bigger ships and more of them.

Photo of Jujiro Wada

Little known Alaska musher spurs Japanese musical

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A theater production coming to Anchorage this week honors the accomplishments of a little known character in Alaska’s history.

Trooper at center of Palin probe loses police certificate

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Officials revoked the law enforcement certification of the former state trooper at the center of the so-called Troopergate scandal that led to investigations into whether Sarah Palin abused her power as governor.

APOC expediting complaint against Berkowitz over ad using news footage

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Document alleges Berkowitz improperly used copyrighted material in campaign without disclosing any corporate donation.

CJ Christiansen (right) and Mitch Keplinger discuss what to do next on boat. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)

AK: A Forgotten Boat

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A group in Kodiak recently completed an Alutiiq boat last seen in the mid-1800s. Alutiiq people used the angyaq to travel long distances in rough seas.

Suspect in Kodiak barricade surrenders to authorities

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Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old Kodiak man is under arrest after barricading himself at a local apartment building, at one point offering $100 to a trooper in exchange for letting him go free.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., center, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., right, were all smiles April 14 after the committee passed an agreement on oversight of Iran negotiations. But the bill has run into some outspoken opponents in the full Senate. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Full Senate Debates May Reveal Recent Bipartisanship As An Illusion

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On the committee level in the Senate, Republicans and Democrats have been able to get deals done. The problem will be what happens after bills leave the committees and head to the Senate floor.

A shackled detainee is transported by guards, including a female soldier, at Camp Delta detention center, Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this photo from December 2006. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards

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A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.

Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on Saturday in Baltimore (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Baltimore Activists Hold ‘Victory Rally’ After Charges In Gray Death

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The march comes a day after the city’s chief prosecutor filed criminal charges against six officers involved in the arrest of Gray, who died from injuries sustained in custody.

In Haiti after the earthquake, volunteers with All Hands toss buckets from the cement mixer back to the sand piles for a quick refill. (Photo courtesy of All Hands Volunteers)

You Want To Go To Nepal And Help Out. Is That A Good Idea?

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Volunteers are eager to lend a hand as the country recovers from the earthquake. That’s a noble intention — but it could backfire.