Sea bass, pollock, striped bass and other fish species are seen for sale at the Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine.
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Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

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Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.

City Manager Kim Kiefer charts out one solution to gradually raise the eligibility age for the senior sales tax exemption with Assemblywoman Mary Becker. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Assembly considers $1 million hit to Juneau seniors’ sales tax perk

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The Juneau Assembly advanced a series of policy changes Thursday that would leave lower-income seniors entirely exempt from paying city sales tax, while reducing wealthier seniors’ benefit.

This is a photo of the Wings of Alaska plane servicing flight 202 from Juneau to Hoonah that went down earlier this afternoon. (Photo by Murray Lundberg)

Instrument data ‘another piece of the puzzle’ in fatal plane crash

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“We hope that we’ll get data all the way up until 1 to 2 seconds before the accident,” says NTSB investigator Chris Shaver.

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Iced oysters wait to be grilled at Haa Aani/Sealaska's OysterFest.

Prominent anti-Pebble activist among four charged with stealing oysters from Kachemak Bay farm

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Alaska State Troopers identified Homer resident Anders Gustafson, executive director of the Renewable Resources Coalition, as the fourth person charged with stealing oysters from a farm in Kachemak Bay.

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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Sexual assault reported in Dillingham Jail

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Wassily was booked on a third degree sexual assault charge and held on $10,000 bail pending arraignment.

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Ketchikan Borough to vote on tobacco tax

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The proposed tobacco tax would generate an estimated $1.2 million a year in new revenue. The draft ordinance calls for directing up to 15 percent of income toward smoking cessation programs.

Crewmen load halibut near Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by gillphoto)

Four Western Alaska communities to receive large halibut donation after dismal walrus harvest

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Four communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest will soon receive 10,000 pounds of halibut from a nonprofit that supplies seafood to hunger-relief efforts.

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AFN Convention keynote speakers announced

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This year renowned Haida weaver Delores Churchill and her grandson Haida master carver Donald Varnell will then deliver the keynote address Oct. 15, the first day of the convention.

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So far, only one newcomer in Juneau’s fall elections

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Local voters could elect up to six new members to the Juneau Assembly and School Board this fall — if candidates step up.

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Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

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The Fennica headed out Thursday after authorities forced protesters in kayaks from a river and removed others dangling from a bridge.

EPA announces $445K settlement with North Slope Borough

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EPA officials said Thursday the borough stored more than 45,000 pounds of hazardous waste in Barrow without a storage permit required under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Police have person of interest in credit card case

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Police say a state-issued credit card, reported missing from a state worker’s desk, was used to withdraw $500 from a Juneau bank last month.

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER landing at Hong Kong International Airport. (Creative Commons photo by Aero Icarus)

Cooling fan failure suspected in Aleutians emergency landing

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Cathay Pacific Airways says a preliminary inspection after an emergency landing at a remote air base in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands indicates an equipment cooling fan failed.

Anchorage doctor sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud

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Prosecutors as part of a plea deal dropped 23 other charges, including falsifying records and misuse of prescription drugs.

Dallas Seavey has won the 2015 Iditarod. (Photo via KNOM)

Iditarod winner invests in treadmill to keep dogs in shape

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The warm summer taking over Alaska might not evoke images of the state’s most famous dog sled race, but Iditarod winner Dallas Seavey is focused on the cold journey ahead.

UAF is one of a few Land, Sea and Space Grant universities in the U.S. (Photo by Jimmy Emerson)

University of Alaska Fairbanks cuts $20 million from budget

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UAF academic programs plan to slash 68.5 full-time positions, as well as 17 teaching assistants and adjunct faculty jobs.

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Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, on Thursday in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.
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University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

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The judge said that because Ray Tensing faces a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

Former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia say they are the victims of defamation and negligence.
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3 U.Va. Graduates Sue ‘Rolling Stone,’ Reporter Over Rape Article

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News of the lawsuit by former Phi Kappa Psi members comes along with word that Rolling Stone’s managing editor, Will Dana, has resigned.

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

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The Obama administration is expected to announce a new program Friday that would once again allow some prisoners access to federal college funding.

The Japanese supercomputer K, pictured in June 2012 at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. The K computer is currently ranked No. 3 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers.

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China’s ‘Milky Way’

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It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first “exascale” machine — some 20 times faster than today’s fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).