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The Oosterdam cruise ship docked in Haines. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)

Haines Assembly approves cruise ship waiver incentive

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Haines has some of the lowest cruise ship moorage fees in Southeast Alaska. And last month the borough assembly approved further lowering those fees for three summers.

Lavall Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels, is comforted by her cousin Alfonzo Hill as she speaks with the media in February. Hall, who was schizophrenic, was fatally shot by police officers earlier this year.
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Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

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In compiling a database of fatal police shootings, The Washington Post took an extra step — finding details about the mental health of the deceased. Reporter Kimberly Kindy relates what she learned.

A detail from the historic pole donated to the Totem Heritage Center by its carver, Tsimshian artist David Boxley. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

A historic Tsimshian symbol of cultural revitalization is restored, donated to Ketchikan museum

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Restoration of the pole means the history and significance of an event that began the Tsimshian renaissance will be preserved for generations to come.

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The Nome court. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith/KNOM)

Nome judge responds to allegations of misconduct, denies wrongdoing

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In late May, the state body charged with oversight of judges and courts cited Judge Dooley for six incidents the commission said may have violated codes of professional conduct.

Arctic Fibre plans to route its 10,000-mile-long cable linking Great Britain to Japan along the coast of northern Canada and Alaska. (Image courtesy of Arctic Fibre)

Slow or no Internet access hinders remote Arctic communities

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Dial-up Internet access is a distant memory for most of us. But slow connections to the web are still a fact of life in much of the far north.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman (WHEC 720) leaves the White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa in 2006. (Public domain photo by Senior Chief Journalist Melinda Larson)

Engine malfunction forces Coast Guard cutter to head back to port

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The ship and its crew are in Alaska this summer to enforce fisheries regulations and provide search and rescue support. They are slated to depart again Monday.

A member of the of the New Old Time Chautauqua juggles at the Douglas Fourth of July parade. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Slideshow: July Fourth in Douglas, Alaska

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Colors, cheer and sun grace Douglas on the Fourth of July.

This picture was taken early June, after Ofi and some friends gathered for dinner around a first king salmon of the season.
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Bristol Bay elder, Alaska Native leader dies at 75

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Olson was a Bristol Bay fisherman, and was the longtime president, CEO and chairman of the board of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation.

Teacher Theressa Phillips reads to the toddler class with Assistant teacher, Brina Compton and teen worker, Kallie Caples looking on. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)

In Petersburg, childcare shortage leaves parents hanging

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There is not enough child care in Petersburg. One of the preschools, the Petersburg Children’s Center, has a waiting list of 45 kids. A planned expansion could help drop that number.

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Earthquakes hit Southcentral Alaska, one right after other

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At 4:49 p.m. Alaska time, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck 24 miles southwest of Talkeetna, a town of nearly 900 residents.

Police in Juneau will upgrade to collapsible baton model

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Police in Juneau kept their old school batons longer than many departments in the country, but they now plan to replace the straight stick model with collapsible steel batons this fall.

Body found near Juneau may belong to overboard crew member

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Troopers said in a press release that the body and clothing found Friday match descriptions of de Miranda Santiago.

Fairbanks considers marijuana tax

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A proposal before the Fairbanks City Council would add a 5 percent sales tax to marijuana products when they become legal in 2016.

Avian flu hasn’t reached Alaska birds yet, but it could

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The largest avian influenza outbreak to hit the poultry industry in history has spread across the lower 48 U.S. states and Canada, but Alaskan flocks have not yet been affected.

Tobacco use drops in Alaska as e-cigarettes surge

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Tobacco consumption in the state has dipped to its lowest point since the latest available records in 2001.

Coast Guard suspends Alaska search for overboard crew member

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Footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship shows the crew member jumping overboard without a life jacket at 4:16 a.m. Thursday.

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Greeks stand outside of a local school in Athens that served as a voting station.
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After Rejecting Bailout Plan, Greece’s Economic Future Is ‘Invisible’

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Greek voters turned down a bailout offer from European leaders on Sunday. Both before and after the votes were counted, Greeks were divided over how the outcome would affect the country’s future.

NASA's New Horizons mission will be the first ever to visit Pluto and its moons. This artist's conception shows the probe as it passes the dwarf planet.

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

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After nearly a decade of traveling through space, NASA’s New Horizons probe is about to arrive at Pluto. On Tuesday it will begin an intensive, week-long study of the distant world.

This photo from Discovery Channel shows a Great Hammerhead, one of the largest sharks in the world, during an episode of Shark Week.
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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

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Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren’t as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.

During the Revolutionary War, many loyalists were treated brutally --€” like the tarred and feathered man in this print. When the war wrapped up, loyalists often found they had to fend for themselves, or flee.
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What Happened To British Loyalists After The Revolutionary War?

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Not everyone celebrated when the British surrendered at Yorktown. About a fifth of all colonists remained loyal to the Crown; for them, the American victory spelled exodus and, often, more violence.