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Juneau Assembly votes to raise penalty for unpermitted signs

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The Juneau Assembly voted Monday night to amend the signs code, adding a penalty that’s at least five times higher for unpermitted signs outside businesses.

The Tall Timbers Neighborhood Association filed its appeal in Superior Court June 19. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Tall Timbers takes Haven House appeal to court

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“They’re exercising their legal right so if that’s the game they’re willing to play, then I’m willing to continue to defend women,” says Haven House board chair June Degnan.

Mendenhall Lake levels at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015. (Courtesy National Weather Service)

Mini-jökulhlaup peaks on Mendenhall Lake

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This was the second glacial outburst this month from the Mendenhall Glacier.

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Sen. Murkowski pushes change to ACA’s Alaska Native, American Indian exemption

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a significant number of Alaska Natives who are eligible for IHS benefits don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for exemption, particularly if they were born after most Native corporations stopped enrolling members in the 1970s.

China also has a single icebreaker — Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, shown here sailing in the Arctic Ocean in 2010  — with one more on the way.

A dark view of geopolitics in the Arctic

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World leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, have talked of the Arctic as a zone of peace and co-operation. But continued tranquility is just one forecast for the region.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld voter-created independent redistricting commissions, preserving such groups in Arizona and California.
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Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

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More than a half-dozen other states could implement independent redistricting commissions in the wake of the court’s decision Monday to uphold Arizona’s commission.

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What the Supreme Court’s redistricting decision means for Alaska

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An attorney who has handled state-level redistricting litigation thinks the decision could draw more attention to how political lines for the legislature are drawn.

The Polar Pioneer drill rig arrives in Dutch Harbor. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUCB/Unalaska)

Shell’s Arctic drilling rig arrives to Dutch Harbor

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There’s very little opposition in the tiny Alaskan town in comparison to that in Seattle, where some environmental activists went so far as to chain themselves to one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support vessels last month.

Canadian sculptor Robert Murray created Nimbus in 1977.  In the background are the hills of Douglas Island, part of the local terrain that he says inspired him during creation of the sculpture. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Ugly? Too abstract? Sculptor speaks in defense of Nimbus

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Robert Murray reflects on Nimbus, the piece deemed “Alaska’s most-controversial sculpture,” and says his art is supposed to rattle people’s cages.

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Crashes in Alaska brought safety steps for tourism flights

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Officials say webcams have been installed and other measures have been taken in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes.

Weekend rains bring relief for Alaska wildfire crews

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Nearly 2,462 square miles burned so far this month — breaking the old June record of 1,802 square miles set in 2004. Fire officials also initially said Monday that 2,975 square miles had been burned.

Walker signs first tax increase in 10 years

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The law places new taxes on wholesale refined fuel, including gasoline and heating oil but not aviation fuel or fuel used by the Alaska Marine Highway.

13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the “Waters of the U.S.” rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers is “unnecessary” and “unlawful.”

Volunteers build boxes for displaced sled dogs in Willow

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About 25 volunteers gathered at the Ester Fire House over the weekend to help cut lumber and construct boxes to house the sled dogs.

Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded boaters in Favorite Channel

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The men called for help Friday morning after wind, rain and two-foot seas left them stranded on Bird Island, about 20 miles northwest of Juneau.

SEARHC serves from about 17,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians in Southeast Alaska. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Federal spending bill fully funds tribal healthcare’s contract support costs

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Contract support costs were fully funded for the first time in 2014. Those costs include items like legal and accounting fees, insurance and workers’ compensation.

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Manuel Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly.
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Sri Lanka’s War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

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The civil war is now six years in the past, but thousands of Tamil families are still looking for loved ones who disappeared during the conflict.

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015.
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Supreme Court Rules In Industry’s Favor. What’s EPA’s Next Move?

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Monday’s decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act’s standards on mercury emissions from power plants. But it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.

Travis Driscoll, a medical school applicant from Berkeley, Calif., studies for the revamped MCAT.
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Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam

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The results are coming in for the first medical school candidates who took a revamped exam that includes a wider range of subjects, including psychology and sociology.

President Obama signs a presidential memorandum in March of 2014 that directed the Department of Labor construct a new set of overtime rules, with the goal of making more employees eligible for overtime pay.
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President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

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The regulation, which retailers and restaurants likely will fight, would mean that all employees earning up to $50,440 a year would be guaranteed overtime pay, up from a the current cap of $23,660.