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.

With Vice President Biden, President Obama makes remarks regarding the  nuclear deal with Iran. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Alaska senators don’t support Iran deal

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The Obama administration faced a tough crowd Wednesday morning as it defended its nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress. Both of Alaska’s senators are among lawmakers who say the deal is bad for the U.S. and the region.

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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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UCLA report examines sexual orientation and gender discrimination in Alaska

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The UCLA Williams Institute published a report last week looking at workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Subsistence fish camp on the Koyukuk River. (Public Domain photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Subsistence Board vote makes Saxman rural again

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The Federal Subsistence Board voted during a work session Tuesday in Anchorage to return communities to the status they held before 2007.


Bethel Advances The Possibility of A City-Run Liquor Store

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A possible vote on local option comes as the city appeals the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their formal protest of Bethel Native Corporation’s liquor store application.

Tongass National Forest near Ketchikan, Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Mark Brennan)

Conservationists declare victory in court’s Tongass road ruling

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 2003 exemption on Wednesday that would have made it possible to build roads through the Tongass National Forest.

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Kiehl to introduce ordinance adding sexual orientation, gender identity as protected classes

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Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl is working on a city ordinance that would ban sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the private sector.

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MV Fennica. (Photo courtesy of Shell)

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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Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati on Tuesday.
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University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Charged In Killing Of Unarmed Black Man

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The Hamilton County Prosecutor said the shooting of Sam DuBose was “asinine” and “totally unwarranted.” Officer Ray Tensing, the prosecutor said, should have never been an officer.

Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity.
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Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There

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Nationwide, juvenile incarceration has dropped by half since 1999 — but the probations that have replaced it hold teens to sometimes subjective standards and often include electronic monitoring.

Onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A.
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On Wyatt Cenac, ‘Key & Peele,’ And Being The Only One In The Room

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Wyatt Cenac’s much-publicized confrontation with Jon Stewart says a lot about the pitfalls of being The Only One In The Room. But turns out there’s some interesting social science behind it, too.

An illustration from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, published 1897. Between the 1860s and 1920, when Prohibition went into effect, American bartending came into its own.
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The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

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The Manhattan, the daiquiri, the martini. These classic cocktails were all born between the 1860s and Prohibition, an era when American bartending got inventive — and theatrical.