Fire burns at the Funny River area on May 25, 2014. The Funny River Fire in the Kenai-Kodiak Area Forest in Alaska began on May 19, 2014 from an unknown cause and has consumed 183,294 acres to date and is 30% contained. (Photo courtesy of USFS/Josh Turnbow)

Extremely high fire danger in Juneau

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Fire Marshal discourages starting campfires and open burns until Juneau gets more rain.

The gym at Juneau-Douglas High School is set up for graduating 160 students on Sunday. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau high schools to graduate 312 students on Sunday

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Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi’s is at 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall, Thunder Mountain’s is next at 4 p.m. in the gym and Juneau-Douglas’ graduation is at 7 p.m. in the the main gym.

A man outside the Anchorage LIO protests the legislature with a sign that reads, "YOU SHOULD BE IN JUNEAU DOING YOUR DAMN JOB!"

Legislature adjourns special session, only to call new one

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The legislature has formally relocated to Anchorage and they’ve set aside Medicaid expansion.

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Juneau playwright gets national attention

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Urban life has long drawn young people out of rural Alaska. Now art is imitating Alaska life in a first-time Juneau playwright’s new play.

Fertilizer spreader awaits its first use of the season. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gardentalk — Spread it!

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Ed Buyarski has a few tips for applying the right kind of fertilizer evenly throughout your lawn.

A seiner fishing for salmon off the coast of Raspberry Island.  (Creative Commons photo courtesy of NancyHeise)

White House: Veto likely on Young’s fisheries bill

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The White House, like environmental groups and some small-boat fishermen, disapproves of the flexibility written into Young’s bill.

The ferry Tustumena. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Heise)

Delayed ferry heads for Unalaska despite government shutdown threat

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The Alaska state ferry Tustumena spent at least five extra days off the water and missed its first scheduled sailing earlier this month, and it is headed for Unalaska this weekend.

Jay Kazhe is a student at Eastern new Mexico. He represented the Native "youth perspective" at the panel.  (photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Tribes, Forest Service partner on climate change research

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At the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Conference in Juneau this week, a panel of five discussed climate change and traditional knowledge.

PJ Paparelli directed "Yeast Nation" during its run at Perseverance Theatre. (Photo by  Brian Wallace)

Former Perseverance Theatre artistic director PJ Paparelli has died

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During his tenure in Juneau, he directed or guided productions of “The Who’s Tommy”, “Hair”, “Hamlet”, “Twelfth Night”, and “columbinus” among others.

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Alaska unemployment rate reaches 6.7 percent in April

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The first part of 2014 saw unemployment at 6.9 percent, cresting at 7 percent, before edging lower and ending the year at 6.4 percent.

Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for contamination

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The decision comes after a move in January to change the source of drinking water on base due to contamination from perfluorinated compounds, often known as PFCs.

FBI detonates old dynamite found in Alaska mining camp

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FBI officials have detonated a batch of old dynamite discovered at a mining camp north of the Eureka Roadhouse along the Glenn Highway.

Majority members outline concerns with budget option

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The letter was signed by Reps. Bryce Edgmon, Louise Stutes, Neal Foster, Gabrielle LeDoux, Jim Colver and Paul Seaton.

Senate adjourns special session called by Walker

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After adjourning, the Senate immediately gaveled in to a new special session, which it convened in Anchorage.

Spokesman: Murkowski reaches agreement on Hyder crossing

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The crossing was closed to overnight access last month as part of a cost-saving measure. But concerns were raised about potential impacts on residents and tourists.

Alaska wildfire responders keeping eye on dry conditions

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With low humidity and temperatures reaching the low 80s, conditions are perfect for sparking a wildfire.

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Police in riot gear stand around an armored vehicle as smoke fills the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014.
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White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

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An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

Village chiefs, residents and government officials take to the streets to celebrate the Chienge district's accomplishment of bringing sanitation to every home.
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A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

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Answering the call of nature in the open is all too common when families don’t have other options. But now the country has its first zone that’s free of open defecation.

President Obama shakes Speaker John Boehner's hand before the start of a 2011 joint session of Congress.
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People Say They Want Compromise But Not Really

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A new poll shows that people want politicians to compromise…but only those of the other party.

An inmate lies on a bunk reading in the psychiatric unit of the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, Washington. An estimated 2 million adults with serious mental illnesses are jailed each year. (AP)

New Efforts to Keep the Mentally Ill Out of Jail

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In many places, police, judges and elected officials increasingly are pointing out that a high proportion of people in jail are mentally ill, and that in many cases they shouldn’t be there.