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Alaska House ends stalemate, passes state spending plan

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The breakthrough comes days before notices are scheduled to go out warning of possible layoffs if a budget isn’t passed by July 1.

Canton House is located in Kootznoowoo Plaza near the Nugget Mall. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Former gaming manager George Wright to reopen Canton House

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Wright has signed a lease with Chatham Properties, which owns and manages the building Canton House is located in. He’s paid a deposit of about $30,000 and his lease will start on July 1.

This concept drawing by MRV Architects shows the proposed Housing First project in Juneau. The facility would be built in Lemon Creek on land donated by Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority.

Juneau to become third city in Alaska to shelter high-risk homeless

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Juneau will become the third city in Alaska to offer permanent supportive housing to the high-risk, chronically homeless.

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Heroin Hits Home: One woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel

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Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013.

Bishop David, Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of Alaska. (Photo courtesy of GANP/Dimitrios Panagos)

Alaska’s Orthodox bishop visits Unalaska

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The bishop says he’s petitioned the governor to have more VPSO’s in the villages, but it’s unclear how successful that petition may be in light of cuts to the state’s budget.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley is facing accusations of violating the Alaska Code of Judicial Conduct  (Photo courtesy of State of Alaska)

Nome judge accused of misconduct

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The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct cites six incidents — brought to their attention through anonymous complaints

Ants scavenge excrement by-products left behind by these aphids in the leaves of a highbush cranberry in KTOO's Agricultural Test Station & Garden of Science! (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gardentalk – Pests

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Imported currant worms, slugs, aphids, and root maggots have been spotted in Juneau gardens this season.

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Obama emphasizes security of Alaska’s Arctic coastline

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Obama said focusing on the security of Alaska’s thousand miles of Arctic coastline is a priority.

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Medicaid denials leave Alaska seniors reeling

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Many of Alaska’s seniors are in danger of losing their only means of paying for disability services. Caregivers say the problem is individuals who met the state’s criteria for years are now being let go from the system.

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Administration institutes hiring freeze amid budget dispute

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The freeze, instituted pending a budget deal, took effect days before notices could be sent to state employees warning of possible layoffs if a budget deal isn’t reached by July 1.

Dormant Healy coal plant comes back to life

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The plant is using oil during a two-month test phase. It should be operational with coal this summer.

Police seek person of interest in Bethel woman’s killing

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Police are trying to identify a man who appears with the primary suspect in store surveillance footage around the time of the killing.

Low oil prices could threaten trans-Alaska pipeline

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The pipeline is designed to move 2 million barrels of oil daily. Today production is about 525,000 barrels daily.

Yukon Quest board announces best finances in 6 years

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The announcement comes in stark contrast to the organization’s Yukon board meeting held last week, where members announced a $50,000 debt.

Because the Coast Guard anticipates heightened marine traffic, two 25-foot response boats will patrol waters off the coast of Dutch Harbor this summer. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KUCB)

Coast Guard adds response vessels in anticipation of Shell’s arrival

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The boats will patrol waters off the coast of Dutch Harbor as oil giant Royal Dutch Shell moves forward with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

Judge hears EPA motion dismiss Pebble case

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Attorneys for the Pebble Limited Partnership allege the EPA violated a federal law by establishing and working with groups of mine critics that essentially acted as advisory committees but failed to comply with open meeting.

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President Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro during their historic meeting in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
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U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

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The State Department removed Havana from the list following a thawing of relations with the United States.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks in Washington on July 28, 2009, following the unveiling of his portrait.
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Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert’s Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

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Both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting that Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participated in a roundtable discussion at the Farnum Center in Manchester, N.H. earlier this month.
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Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

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Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents and New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary state, is suffering from a heroin epidemic. The candidates are hearing about it.

Protesters gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Wednesday to show support for silenced Chinese writers.
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As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out Against Censorship

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Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry’s largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.