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.

Tobacco smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to die from infection, kidney disease and, maybe, breast cancer. (iStockphoto)

UAS Juneau goes smoke-free Wednesday

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No more cigarette, e-cigarette or hookah breaks between classes; the ban applies to all tobacco products.

downtown Juneau

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.

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Royal Dutch Shell Polar Pioneer semi-submersible offshore drillship at the Port of Seattle Terminal 5. (Creative Commons photo by Dennis Bratland)

Federal authorization could force Shell to change Chukchi exploration plans

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According to the letter, Shell must maintain a 15-mile buffer between its two rigs while drilling takes place.

Boats anchored in Juneau's harbor watch the fireworks.

State lifts burn ban, OKs fireworks before July 4th holiday

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State officials cited a decrease in fire danger due to recent cool and rainy weather and requests by members of the public to allow cookouts, campfires and pyrotechnics for this weekend’s July 4th celebrations.

Chinook salmon, otherwise known as a king. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Study: Kings are smaller than they used to be

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After fishermen pointed out what they thought was a change in the size of king salmon returning to the Copper River, researchers from Fish and Game looked at data from 10 Alaska rivers.

Marine Stewardship Council’s blue sustainability label.

Processors hit impasse over sustainability label

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The MSC label is needed to sell salmon in certain European markets. The two groups have been going back and forth about the terms under which the new group can join.

Homeless in Homer event - (Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI)

Youth start community talk about homelessness in Homer

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Community members from across the Kenai Peninsula packed the Homer Theatre earlier this month for the Homeless in Homer film screening and discussion panel.

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.

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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.

Tough budget decisions remain in Alaska

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It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state’s available revenue.

Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska

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Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska as it prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

Man sentenced to 55 years in prison for fatal 2010 beating

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A man charged in the beating death of another man in 2010 has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflation-linked increases

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not increase rates for Medicaid providers, citing an underfunded budget.

State-funded corp. criticized for golf during office hours

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A state-owned corporation is under fire after it was discovered the company sponsored a golf tournament that saw employees on the links during business hours.

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.

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Misty Copeland (center) performed in the Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake in April.
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Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre

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Misty Copeland didn’t begin ballet until she took a free class at a Boys & Girls Club. Today she became the first black female principal dancer with the premiere U.S. dance company.

U.S. agents compare notes as they patrol along the Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. A draft report by outside experts calls for steps to confront any claims of corruption in the Border Patrol.
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Border Patrol Urged To Crack Down On Corruption In Its Own Ranks

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The draft report by outside law enforcement experts says the agency needs more internal affairs investigators. It also calls for more transparency in investigations, especially shootings by agents.

Tomatoes at Union South Farmers Market in Madison Wisconsin.
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Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says local food is growing quickly from a niche market into something that’s generating significant income for communities across the country.

Jonathan Kozol remembers the students who changed his life back in 1965.

Frozen In Time, Remembering The Students Who Changed A Teacher’s Life

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Jonathan Kozol looks back on events he wrote about 50 years ago, in Death at an Early Age, that reveal how an elementary school treated black children in 1960s Boston.