Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. Fishing and environmental groups say the same could happen at new B.C. mines near the Southeast border. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)

“It was an impossible event. Until it happened.”

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The people who live closest to the Mount Polley Mine dam breach stopped fishing after millions of gallons of polluted water flowed into nearby waterways.

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House Republicans: Take it or leave it

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The budget proposal Republicans unveiled Wednesday addresses two key sticking points for Democrats, but the minority party is critical of the deal.

John Pugh joined University of Alaska Southeast in 1987. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

UAS Chancellor John Pugh leaves behind a legacy of caring for students

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Pugh says interacting with students “really buoyed me and gave me strength and it made me understand why I’m doing what I’m doing.”

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Fiddlers and protesters gather outside the LIO in downtown Anchorage. (Photo by Anne Hillman/KSKA)

Protests against the legislature continue in downtown Anchorage

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Some Anchorage area residents don’t think the House Majority’s recent budget proposal is good enough, even though it adds money back in for education.

King Harald V of Norway. (Official photo)

Norwegian monarch visits Alaska, urges action on climate change

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The King of Norway visited Anchorage on Wednesday bearing a message of goodwill, and a message that climate change is a priority for all Arctic nations.

Chinook salmon. (Creative Commons photo by Zureks)

Mediation proposed for salmon sustainability certification squabble

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The salmon processors at odds over who gets the blue-label sustainability certification needed to sell fish in certain European markets are expected to enter mediation next week.

If fish debris gathers near the runway, the feeding eagles pose a safety hazard. “A bird that size, especially an ingestion into an engine, could be catastrophic for human lives,” said Tresham. (Photo courtesy of Dave Tresham)

With fish in the sea, danger of eagles on Sitka runway

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As fishing season moves into full swing, so does the workload of the staff who haze birds off of Sitka’s runway.

The proposed Pebble Mine site looking northwest. (Photo by Jason Sear)

Judge to hear arguments in Pebble case

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Pebble alleges EPA violated a federal law by establishing and working with groups of mine critics that essentially acted as advisory committees but failed to notice meetings or provide transcripts.

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With budget talks stalled, Republicans see out with Permanent Fund shift

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The bill offered Tuesday executes an accounting trick that makes it easier to access the state’s $10 billion Constitutional Budget Reserve.

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Judge hears EPA motion dismiss Pebble case

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Attorneys for the Pebble Limited Partnership allege the EPA violated a federal law by establishing and working with groups of mine critics that essentially acted as advisory committees but failed to comply with open meeting.

3 safe after crash landing northwest of Port Alsworth

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Alaska State Troopers launched a state aircraft early Tuesday night after receiving a report of a personal locator beacon being activated 20 miles northwest of Port Alsworth.

Operating rooms at VA clinic to close for months

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A spokesman for the Alaska VA says they’ve moved 50 to 60 outpatient surgeries to a hospital at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and has not cancelled or delayed any operations.

Anchorage jail inmate dies of apparent suicide

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The woman is the second inmate to die at the Anchorage jail in a three-day period.

Mallard ducklings. (Creative Commons photo by Brocken Inaglory)

Ducklings waddle their way inside Fairbanks hardware store

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Fish and Game will likely attempt to find the ducklings’ mother and leave them with her, or place them with an animal caretaker.

McCain leading US Senate delegation to Vietnam, Singapore

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McCain’s office says Sens. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Dan Sullivan of Alaska also are making the trip.

7 injured in Anchorage crash; driver arrested at hospital

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Anchorage police say Matthew Duwayne Weedman is charged with five counts of felony assault and a misdemeanor charge of leaving an accident.

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A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shows an electric chair and gurney on Aug. 29, 2001, in Lucasville, Ohio.
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Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn’t Quite Ready To Abandon It

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Cost and lethal-injection complications have led some states to reconsider the death penalty. U.S. support for the practice has declined over the last two decades, but three-in-five still support it.

License plate scanners have helped police locate stolen vehicles and have even assisted in murder investigations. But with their ability to track a person's every move, skeptics worry about privacy.
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Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

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The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what’s not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

Matt Schnarr bites into a mealworm lollipop at the Pestaurant event in Washington, D.C., in 2014.

Bugs: Not What’s For Dinner — Until They’re Tastier, Maybe

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A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn’t working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must “make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet.”

Soldiers participate in close arm combative training during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning.
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Women Fight Their Way Through Army’s Grueling Ranger School

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Two years after the Defense Department lifted the ban on women serving in combat units, the Army is allowing women to go through the training program for soldiers who aspire to be infantry leaders.