This photo was taken in the beginning of the month. Due to a warmer and dryer than normal May, the mountaintops are now a lot more bare. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau gets a short break from warm and dry

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May has been drier than normal. On average, Juneau usually gets 3.4 inches of rain in May. So far, less than half an inch has fallen.

A carry team at Dover Air Force Base trains on the proper protocol for a dignified transfer.
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At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy

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The rituals of caring for the remains of service members are carried out with special grace by the staff at Dover Air Force Base. “We believe in what we’re doing here,” says one. “We love them.”

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As budget negotiations continue, little public action from legislature

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Lawmakers have until June 1 to pass a budget before layoff notices are sent to state employees, and until July 1 before Alaska experiences a partial government shutdown.

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(Photo courtesy of Dr. Linda Chamberlain)

Researcher leaves Homer for studies in the Arctic

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Chamberlain will contribute to the initiative by sharing her more than 20 years of experience studying ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences.

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Tank trailer spills 6K gallons of diesel near Cook Inlet

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Clean up and assessment work continues following a diesel spill in southern Cook Inlet over the weekend.

Kathmandu, Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude eartquake in April. (Creative Commons photo by UK Department for International Development)

Alaska pastor’s missionary trip to Nepal becomes relief effort

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On April 25th, Pastor Mike Sloan and his group were on a plane from Bangkok to Kathmandu when the earthquake struck.

U.S. Coast Guard color guard passes in front of spectators at Monday's Memorial Day obseverance at Evergreen Cemetery. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Slideshow: Memorial Day in Juneau

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Juneau residents remembered those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

At 12, Jasmine Molina has found a way to help newly arriving Filipino students transition to middle school. “She is a self-initiated ambassador,” says her teacher, Janelle Farvour. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

Sitka middle schooler breaks down language, cultural barriers for immigrant students

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It’s more than middle school survival tactics; Jasmine is helping her classmates succeed in a Western school.

UA Museum of the North head of production Roger Topp and “Snaps.” (Photo by Dan Bross/KUAC)

Native language speakers to create new words for museum’s dinosaur exhibit

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“Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs” gives visitors the opportunity to experience paleontologists quest and what they’re finding in an underexplored region.

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Tuck: Budget deal doesn’t seem any closer

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Chenault said on Talk of Alaska Tuesday that he and Tuck would continue working to try to reach an agreement.

Federal, state reports show Juneau population decline

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The federal figures released last week showed a decline of 220 people.

Wildfire officials monitor fire burning near Eagle

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The fire is moving northwest away from Eagle and no structures are immediately threatened.

Conservation effort brings bison bulls to female herd

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Four bison bulls are making their way toward an experimental mating herd established this spring near the far western Interior town of Shageluk.

Ferry breakdown strands Alaska brew festival attendees

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The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku suffered a mechanical problem Sunday during the annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival in Haines.

Water levels drop enough for repairs to Dalton Highway

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Culverts are being installed on the north end of the highway to allow flood waters to flow back into the main channel of the Sag River.

Fast response, wary public keeping Alaska wildfires down

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Unseasonably warm and dry temperatures coupled with grasses that remain brown from lack of moisture are making spring fire danger high.

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Police officers are illuminated by patrol car lights during a protest against the acquittal of Michael Brelo on Saturday in Cleveland.

Cleveland, Justice Department Reach Agreement Over Police Conduct

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Similar settlements — known as consent decrees — have required cities to allow independent monitors to oversee new policies. They typically also require new training.

Part of Texas' congressional redistricting map from 2003. The lead plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott are residents of a state Senate district in Texas who say their equal rights to representation are diluted because Texas equalized the districts in population terms and€” not in terms of eligible voters.
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Test Of ‘1 Person, 1 Vote’ Heads To The Supreme Court

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Analysts have noted that dividing districts based on eligible voters rather than total population would tend to shift representative power to localities with fewer children and fewer immigrants.

Miami swimwear entrepreneur Mel Valenzuela (right) explains online strategies to Cuban business owners Victor Rodriguez (middle) and Caridad Limonta (left) in Wynwood this month. Miami boutique owner Monica Minagorri (rear) watches.
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In Search Of Bandwidth, Cuban Entrepreneurs Head To Miami

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Cuba needs the Internet to rebuild its ragged economy. That’s why fledgling private businesspeople are traveling to Miami to learn how to do business online.

A Malaysian forensic team personnel handles bags of human remains found at abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian on Monday.
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Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

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Most of the victims are believed to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. They are held until their families pay more money, which few can afford to do.