Gov. Bill Walker discusses a tax credit veto with the press, July 1, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Walker delays payment on oil tax credits

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Gov. Bill Walker is delaying payment of $200 million worth of oil tax credits. The veto is the most significant change the governor made to the state budget.

Lake No Lake during a glacier dam release in 2008. (Photo by Aaron Jacobs/National Weather Service)

Taku River rising quickly, but no flood warning

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As of 2 p.m., the river was at 38.3 feet and is expected to rise another four and a half feet, just below minor flood stage, by late tomorrow morning.

A selfie shot while the New Old Time Chautauqua band  marches through a Wrangell supermarket, June 25, 2015. (Photo courtesy Eben Sprinsock/New Old Time Chautauqua)

Flying Karamazovs and friends bring Chautauqua spirit to Juneau

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The New Old Time Chautauqua is a traveling troupe of performers. They’re in Juneau for three days of workshops, shows and activities starting Thursday.

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

$8.5M cut to Troopers budget strains already thin force

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Rural residents already complain that state Troopers are slow to respond to serious crimes and dangerous situations. But as of July 1, 30 more Trooper positions have been eliminated.

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

Polar Pioneer: An economic boon for Dutch Harbor

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Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week.

Henry with his litter of three-week old kittens. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

Ketchikan rescued kittens nurtured by male cat die

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The six kittens were found in May in a cardboard box on the side of a road on Prince of Wales Island. They were a little more than a week old at the time.

David Parks Jr. gives some casting tips to his client Sarah Pearl in the Kulik River. (Photo by Matt Martin/KDLG)

Guide academy helps Dillingham locals land jobs at sport lodges

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For the past seven years, a mosaic of organizations including Bristol Bay Land Trust, Trout Unlimited, and BBEDC have run the Bristol Bay River and Guide Academy to train local kids in the art of fly fishing.

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Juneau’s Loren Jones appointed to state marijuana board

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Jones was appointed to the public health seat for his long history in the substance abuse and mental health fields.

Sara Boesser and Mildred Boesser in September, 2014. (Photo by Melissa Griffiths)

Marriage equality and mourning: Mildred Boesser fought till the end

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The wife of an Episcopalian minister, Mildred Boesser spent decades fighting for gay rights and marriage equality.

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Walker reduces amount available for oil tax credits

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In a letter to legislative leaders, Walker said the state will continue funding credits this year but at a slower pace, until a more sustainable credit system is developed or Alaska’s financial situation improves.

Study: Polar bears could feel global warming’s bite by 2025

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A government report indicates about a third of the world’s polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions as soon as 2025.

New USGS report: Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska

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A new report says erosion is eating away at Alaska’s northern coast at some of the highest rates in the nation, threatening habitat and infrastructure.

Juneau airport ready to use resurfaced runway

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Wednesday is the first day planes will land on the refurbished runway. They have been using the airport’s taxiway as a temporary runway since work began in April.

Mat-Su cuts price of unused ferry after years without buyer

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The asking price for the navy vessel turned ferry has dropped from $6 million to $5 million and now the borough is only asking $2 million.

Towing company offers free service for Sockeye Fire victims

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Metal in Motion Towing is offering to pick up metal that is leftover from the fire, such as cars, trucks, water heaters, metal roofs and ant other scrap free of charge.

Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away

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It could be weeks before the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in steep, rugged terrain in southeast Alaska, killing nine people, is recovered.

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The favorite hat of Harry Bollinger, 88, a World War II Navy veteran who was a participant in secret military experiments that exposed him to mustard gas, causing long-term health problems.
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Senators Call For VA To Explain Why It Couldn’t Find Mustard-Gassed Veterans

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A dozen senators have also called on the Veterans Administration to say why some of the WWII-era troops who were found by an NPR Investigation were denied benefits.


Antipsychotics Too Often Prescribed For Aggression In Children

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Drugs intended to treat psychosis are also used to treat behavioral problems in children with ADHD. Less risky behavioral treatments and medications should be the first choice, researchers say.

Metropolitan Division officers finish another "rollback" operation. They searched the apartment of a paroled armed robber and gang member. These rollbacks are a cornerstone of the Metro Division's strategy of tracking people who may re-offend, and suppressing crime before it happens.
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Nationwide Crime Spike Has Law Enforcement Retooling Their Approach

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Violent crime has ticked up in certain metro areas. Police are scrambling to hold the line while at the same time trying not to appear overzealous.

NOAA scientists estimate they saw about 10 billion sea scallops off Delaware and southern New Jersey this spring as part of an annual survey.

The Scallop Scoop: Survey Forecasts A Banner Year In Atlantic

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Federal fisheries researchers says their survey found about 10 billion scallops in waters off Delaware and southern New Jersey. They’re predicting a boom for the nation’s most valuable fishery.