Seattle battalion chief Thomas Richardson. Despite his long hours on the Oso event he says he’s no expert. “No one is prepared for this kind of slide.” (Photo by Robert Woolsey/KCAW)

Sitka landslide is ‘déjà vu’ for battalion chief

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Seventeen months ago Thomas Richardson stood over a similar scene in Oso, Washington.

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As Killings Unfold On Live TV, Media Consider The Graphic Footage

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Today’s shooting of two journalists during a broadcast has reopened a conversation about how (or even if) sensitive material like the TV station’s video — and the gunman’s video — should be shared.

A Boy Scout stands in line to get a canoe at a summer camp outside Payson, Utah. More than 99 percent of Boy Scout troops in Utah are sponsored by the Mormon Church. George Frey/Getty Images

Despite Policy Allowing Gay Leaders, Mormon Church Keeps Ties With Boy Scouts

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The church implied it might leave the Scouts when they changed the policy. Now, the church says as long as it can use its own criteria for appointing leaders, it will go on sponsoring troops.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, has been used for decades as a painkiller in the operating room. Joe Amon/The Denver Post/Getty Images

How The Prescription Painkiller Fentanyl Became A Street Drug

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The synthetic opioid fentanyl is used for surgery and to treat severe pain. Abuse has always been a problem. Now that it’s being used to cut heroin, the risk of overdose or death has soared.

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Knock Knock, Teacher’s Here: The Power Of Home Visits

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There was a time when a teacher showing up on a student’s doorstep probably meant something bad. But increasingly, home visits are being used to spark parental involvement.

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Alaska State Troopers car. (Creative Commons photo by Amanda Graham)

Sentencing continues for case related to troopers’ deaths

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The sentencing hearing will be continued next week for a man accused of evidence tampering in the deaths of two Alaska State Troopers.

NPR's series looks at the human toll of mandatory minimum prison sentences. The White House and the Justice Department have taken the unprecedented step of asking for candidates who might win early release from prison through presidential pardons or commutations in the final years of the Obama presidency.
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Department reports death at Fairbanks jail

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Few details have been released, including whether the deceased was male or female, or how the person died.

Oral arguments in lawsuit against setnet ban begin

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Alaska Supreme Court Justices have begun to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over the legality of a proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska.

Spice is also known as synthetic cannabis and is often marketed as herbal incense. (Creative Commons photo by Lance Cpl. Damany S. Coleman)

Anchorage to form task force for suspected spice overdoses

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Anchorage officials are forming a task force to deal with the rising number of suspected spice overdoses.

Team Grin plans to race to Alaska in this Etchells 22, currently moored in Port Townsend, Washington. (Photo by Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

Race to Alaska will return next summer, says maritime center

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The race’s official website says details will be announced at the 39th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, which is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., listens to a question at the Epoch Restaurant in Exeter, N.H., on March 21. Paul announced his presidential run today in Louisville, Ky.

Paul kicks off western swing in Alaska

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Before his Anchorage rally, the Kentucky senator told reporters he wants to visit with “like-minded people” who don’t want government intruding into their lives.

Alaska Native Veteran’s Association President Benno Cleveland, foreground, speaks at VA listening session in Fairbanks. (Photo by Dan Bross / KUAC)

Alaska veterans say reformed VA hurting, not helping

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Veterans testifying at a congressional listening session in Fairbanks say a 2014 law to reform the Veterans Administration health care system is making treatment worse.

Governor plans to call for company buy-out in gas project

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Under an agreement that predates Walker’s administration, TransCanada would hold the state’s interest in the pipeline and gas treatment plant, with the state having an option to buy back a portion of that interest.