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Take a survey to help Juneau solve its housing issues

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“We know we have a problem. What we need to know is, how can we get out of this?” says Greg Chaney, the city’s lands manager.

More than 30 Juneau school kids attended Monday's CBJ Assembly meeting to show support for full funding for education. They also led the Assembly in the flag salute before the meeting. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Juneau kids plea for full funding of schools

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More than 30 kids packed the Juneau Assembly Chambers last night to testify on behalf of full funding for the school district’s 2016 operating budget.

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The Blind Spot: beyond no-man’s land

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We’ve been exploring holes in the safety net for teens struggling with drugs and alcohol. Now, we look toward solutions.

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Red Chris Mine gets closer to full production

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A British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is one step closer to full production after reaching a benefits agreement with a First Nation group.

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Trident’s new fishmeal plant to go online soon in Naknek

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The newest processing plant in Bristol Bay is about to go online this month. Trident Seafood’s multi-million dollar fishmeal plant should get a test run with Togiak herring.

About a thousand people are expected to disembark from the 781-foot Crystal Symphony cruise ship in Unalaska this weekend -- the most the town has ever seen. (Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises)

Record cruise ship season starts Sunday in Unalaska

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Unalaska will get a big population boost this weekend, with the first cruise ship of what’s shaping up to be a busy summer.

Tong Phiti and Prao Ruang relax after their rescue off of the West Glacier Trail on Sunday morning. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Bowler/SEADOGS)

Thai hikers escape injury during weekend ice cave adventure

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Prao Ruang and Tong Phiti called for help after losing the trail on the west side of Mendenhall Glacier.

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A moving target: WAANT pursues bootleg liquor

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Bethel is weighing a decision on the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy.

This juvenile male is one of several hanging around Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors' Center. Photo by Heather Bryant / KTOO.

Take steps to avoid bear problems

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Bears are coming out of hibernation, and it’s time to take action before they become problems in the neighborhood.

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BOEM explains 75% chance of Arctic oil spill

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Inside a thick government report on the impact of off-shore oil leasing in the Chukchi Sea is a phrase that grabs the attention. It says there’s “75% chance of one or more large spills.”

Anchorage Nepalese community reacts to quake

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Anchorage’s 80-member Nepalese community is trying to reach out to family members still in Nepal.

Businesses, schools partner on maritime job skills

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In coastal communities throughout Alaska, several organizations are working together to prepare more Alaskans for jobs in the maritime industry.

Shell seeks injunction against Arctic drilling protesters

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A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc.

Denali National Park wolf count drops below 50

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Denali National Park and Preserve’s wolf numbers have reached a record low this spring with an estimated population of just 48, according to a Park Service study.

Number of house fires across Alaska on the rise, study finds

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Alaska has seen an increase in the number of house fires this year, according to figures from the American Red Cross of Alaska.

The portico of the Alaska State Capitol Building is in the process of remodeling to repair the portico which has experience weather and seismic damage over the years.

Walker calls special session on budget, Medicaid, Erin’s Law

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Gov. Bill Walker spared little time in calling state lawmakers into a special session to deal with issues including the budget and Medicaid.

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A Nepalese man cooks food inside a tent as people relocate to open ground from fears of earthquake tremors in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday evening. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP)

Nepal Death Toll Tops 5,000; At Least 1.4 Million Need Food Aid

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Nearly 11,000 more were injured. The toll includes four Americans who died at a Mount Everest base camp. In addition to food, the U.N. says medical supplies are desperately needed.

The stack of amicus briefs filed as of April 9 reached past the knee of NPR legal affairs intern Anthony Palmer. The briefs cost, on average, an estimated $25,000 to $50,000. (Photo by Emily Jan/NPR)

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

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This week’s same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the–court briefs. But truth be told, the justices do not read all of these briefs.

A police officer watches a corner market burn on the west side of Baltimore. (Photo by Eyder Peralta/NPR)

On The Streets Of Baltimore, Trying To Understand The Anger

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On the streets, some said violence is the only way to get authorities to pay attention to the plight of blacks in Baltimore. Others said they understood the anger, but not the violence.

An artillery gun fires a round at Taliban fighters in the hills of Nangahar Province. (Photo by David Gilkey/NPR)

On Its Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

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The Afghan army is now fully in charge of combat operations. NPR’s Tom Bowman heads out on a mission with troops as they engage the Taliban in one of its strongholds near the Pakistani border.