As a sophomore, point guard Wallace Ungwiluk averaged over 27 points per game for Gambell. (Photo by Laura Kraegel/ KNOM)

Alaska high school baller from tiny island village faces decision of a lifetime

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This summer 16-year-old Wallace Ungwiluk has a decision to make: stay home and try to win Gambell its first championship in 30 years or move to Seattle and get seen by college scouts.

A video still of the three men that Capitol building security suspects scaled the Capitol to steal rooftop flags.

Suspected Capitol flag thieves caught on tape

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Three men were caught on tape who are suspected of breaking into the construction site at the state Capitol building, scaling the scaffolding and stealing flags off the roof.

The Juneau School District offices. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Juneau voters won’t be asked to fund new school debt in October

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Instead, the Assembly Finance Committee last week unanimously recommended partially funding the school district request with $800,000 in leftover sales tax revenue.

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The Byron Generating Station in Byron, Illinois. (Creative Commons photo by  iluvcocacola)

Alaska exempt from new federal clean power rules, for now

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In the draft rule, Alaska would have had to cut emissions by 26 percent. But the state will not have to comply with new federal mandates.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in Ketchikan on April 29.

Murkowski votes to move bill defunding Planned Parenthood

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to advance the defunding measure also, but she says she doesn’t want to see Planned Parenthood’s funding removed without an investigation.

In this letter dated June 24, 2015, the state Department of Health and Social Services informs food stamp recipients of changes to the program.

State changes food stamp rules for “able-bodied adults without dependents”

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Most food stamp recipients will not be affected. The work requirements hit those who are between ages 18 and 49, do not have a noted disability status, and have no dependents.

Emily Bressler spent 127 days in the NICU at the Children's Hospital at Providence. Her mom liz stayed in her room the whole time. (Photo by ANnie Feidt/APRN)

Former NICU parent helps other families navigate a stressful time

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Most people working in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit have some type of advanced medical degree. But one employee at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage has a very different set of qualifications.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development's 'Employees' Frequently Asked Questions" pamphlet in Tagalog.

State labor rights FAQ translated to Tagalog

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Not all employees in Alaska speak English proficiently, but the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development wants to make sure that all of them understand their rights.

The Brucejack mine site is shown in this 2013 photo. (Courtesy Pretivm Resources)

Construction to start at Brucejack Mine in British Columbia

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Construction of another British Columbia mine near a river that flows into Alaska could begin within a month. But it’s a small operation sparking fewer concerns on this side of the border that some other projects.

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Native corporation announces fuel businesses purchase

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Officials say the acquisitions of Bristol Express Fuels Inc. and Bristol Commercial Properties LLC were completed Friday.

Quarles named Alaska production manager for Exxon Mobil

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Exxon Mobil Production Co. has a new manager for the company’s business interests in Alaska.

Firefighters respond to weekend Super 8 hotel fire

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There’s about $25,000 in damage estimated after a heat lamp in a bathroom started a fire at the Super 8 hotel on Saturday.

Family of 11 displaced after fire destroys trailer home

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A family of nearly a dozen people have been displaced after a fire destroyed their trailer home in Anchorage.

Only methadone clinic in Mat-Su Valley will close

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Dr. John Zipperer Jr. says several employees quit within a month following questions from the FBI about the clinic’s practices.

Officials announce Yukon Quest purse of at least $115,000

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Last year’s purse was $127,110, including $12,110 left over from the 2014 race. Fundraisers and sponsorships help fill out the purse.

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It is illegal to sell toy guns in New York that look real.
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New York Attorney General Orders Immediate Halt To Realistic Toy Gun Sales

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New York law requires toy guns made in realistic colors to have a bright, 1-inch-wide orange stripe “down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel,” according to a press release.

Protesters rally on the steps of the Texas state capitol on July 28 to condemn the use of fetal tissue for medical research.
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Calls To Cut Off Planned Parenthood Are Nothing New

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Flashback to the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan tried to restrict funding for Planned Parenthood. Efforts in Congress have continued since then, with the latest focused on fetal tissue research.

The track at Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Review Of Leaked Test Results Shows Doping Is Widespread In Track And Field

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The reports are based on the results of more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. Experts said analysis shows the sport’s governing body has failed to take sufficient action against dopers.

The sea snail Conus magus looks harmless enough, but it packs a venomous punch that lets it paralyze and eat fish. A peptide modeled on the venom is a powerful painkiller, though sneaking it past the blood-brain barrier has proved hard.
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Snail Venom Yields Potent Painkiller, But Delivering The Drug Is Tricky

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The drug derived from the venom of cone snails must be injected into the spinal column to get beyond a patient’s blood-brain barrier and bring relief. But scientists think they may have a workaround.