With Whale SENSE, Juneau whale watch companies commit to a higher standard

A detail from the historic pole donated to the Totem Heritage Center by its carver, Tsimshian artist David Boxley. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

A historic Tsimshian symbol of cultural revitalization is restored, donated to Ketchikan museum

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Restoration of the pole means the history and significance of an event that began the Tsimshian renaissance will be preserved for generations to come.

Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, spent two days in Juneau speaking to lawmakers. She is campaigning across the country for Erin’s Law -- House Bill 233 in Alaska -- which would require schools to implement sexual abuse education. (Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)

Federal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law

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Programs funded by the grant would be required to undergo a periodic third-party evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the program.

Boats anchored in Juneau's harbor watch the fireworks.

Live fireworks barge video, parade photos

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Morning Edition host Matt Miller will be aboard the fireworks barge streaming live video when the show begins Friday night. Watch here.

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This picture was taken early June, after Ofi and some friends gathered for dinner around a first king salmon of the season.
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Bristol Bay elder, Alaska Native leader dies at 75

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Olson was a Bristol Bay fisherman, and was the longtime president, CEO and chairman of the board of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation.

Teacher Theressa Phillips reads to the toddler class with Assistant teacher, Brina Compton and teen worker, Kallie Caples looking on. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)

In Petersburg, childcare shortage leaves parents hanging

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There is not enough child care in Petersburg. One of the preschools, the Petersburg Children’s Center, has a waiting list of 45 kids. A planned expansion could help drop that number.

A severe case of ichthyophonus in a Yukon Chinook filet. (Photo courtesy of RapidResearch.com)

Infected salmon just another problem for Yukon subsistence fishermen

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As Yukon salmon continue their summer runs, subsistence fishermen are expressing frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and now potentially infected fish.

About 70 people gathered in Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall to hear from Dale Kelley, of the Alaska Trollers Association. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)

Southeast trollers frustrated with low king salmon quota

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Southeast fishermen say they’re not getting their fair share of an abundance of kings. The state of Alaska has been locked in a fight with its neighbors to the south over how many fish the fleet can catch.

Wade Hampton was a Confederate general and senator from South Carolina. HIs son-in-law was a territorial judge in Western Alaska and named the census district for him. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Census area no longer honors Confederate general

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Gov. Bill Walker wrote Wednesday to the Census Bureau to begin the process of changing the name from the Wade Hampton Census District to Kusilvak Census District.

Chum salmon, which develop distinctive striping as they reach spawning maturity, have increased steadily in value over the last decade. (Flickr photo/Watershed Watch)

Fish and Game makes cuts to budget for Bristol Bay management

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still finalizing a plan to for the most recent cut to its budget, but Bristol Bay shouldn’t see too many more cuts.

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Coast Guard suspends Alaska search for overboard crew member

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Footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship shows the crew member jumping overboard without a life jacket at 4:16 a.m. Thursday.

Underwear thief gets 90 days in jail

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The man who broke into homes and stole women’s underwear will undergo a mental health evaluation.

Marijuana board holds first meeting, wants laws changed

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Alaska’s newly appointed Marijuana Control Board has proposed four changes to state marijuana laws.

Report: Polar bears’ fate tied to reversing global warming

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If humans don’t reverse global warming and stop the loss of sea ice, it’s unlikely polar bears will continue as a species.

Gov: New name for census area named for confederate officer

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The president of the Association of Village Council Presidents says the push began months before the deadly June shootings in South Carolina that brought renewed attention to remnants of confederate history.

State will discontinue filling grayling in Alaska lakes

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The canceled grayling program makes up 11 percent of the fish that the Fairbanks hatchery planned to stock next year. The decision also removes grayling production at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage.

North Pole man sickened by ‘rabbit fever’

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.”

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St. Laurentius, a polish Catholic church in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, was closed in March amid fears that it would collapse. Since then, the community has pushed back to save the historic building.
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In Philadelphia’s Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church

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The Philadelphia Archdiocese has plans to demolish the city’s oldest Polish church, but it’s facing strong resistance: Longtime parishioners and neighborhood newcomers have joined forces in protest.

Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, dropped by the StoryCorps studios to reminisce about Yvette's father, Roy, a Medal of Honor recipient whose daring rescue mission in Vietnam cast ripples into his later life as a father.

For A Medal Of Honor Recipient, Wounds Of War Lingered Into Fatherhood

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Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez led a mission to save eight soldiers in Vietnam — and nearly died in the process. Decades later, his daughter recalls a father who believed honor wasn’t won, but earned.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 people and resulted in the nation's largest offshore oil spill.
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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

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The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

On Friday, a Russian Soyuz rocket will send an unmanned cargo ship with more than 3 tons of food, water and fuel for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
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Russian Rocket Poised For Crucial Supply Run To Space Station

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After a string of launch failures, NASA says astronauts have just four months of supplies left. A Russian rocket launching early Friday could provide relief.