East Coast theology school selling off Alaska Native art, feds to investigate

Boats anchored in Juneau's harbor watch the fireworks.

Live fireworks barge video, parade photos

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Morning Edition host Matt Miller will be aboard the fireworks barge streaming live video when the show begins Friday night. Watch here.

Gov. Bill Walker discusses a tax credit veto with the press, July 1, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Walker delays payment on oil tax credits

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Gov. Bill Walker is delaying payment of $200 million worth of oil tax credits. The veto is the most significant change the governor made to the state budget.

Volunteers with the Juneau Festival Association are preparing launching tubes for this Friday's fireworks display. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Fireworks techs prep for ‘playing in the sky’

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Nearly 700 shells will be launched from the middle of Gastineau Channel starting Friday night just before midnight.

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Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, spent two days in Juneau speaking to lawmakers. She is campaigning across the country for Erin’s Law -- House Bill 233 in Alaska -- which would require schools to implement sexual abuse education. (Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)

Federal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law

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Programs funded by the grant would be required to undergo a periodic third-party evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the program.

A severe case of ichthyophonus in a Yukon Chinook filet. (Photo courtesy of RapidResearch.com)

Infected salmon just another problem for Yukon subsistence fishermen

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As Yukon salmon continue their summer runs, subsistence fishermen are expressing frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and now potentially infected fish.

About 70 people gathered in Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall to hear from Dale Kelley, of the Alaska Trollers Association. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)

Southeast trollers frustrated with low king salmon quota

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Southeast fishermen say they’re not getting their fair share of an abundance of kings. The state of Alaska has been locked in a fight with its neighbors to the south over how many fish the fleet can catch.

Wade Hampton was a Confederate general and senator from South Carolina. HIs son-in-law was a territorial judge in Western Alaska and named the census district for him. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Census area no longer honors Confederate general

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Gov. Bill Walker wrote Wednesday to the Census Bureau to begin the process of changing the name from the Wade Hampton Census District to Kusilvak Census District.

Chum salmon, which develop distinctive striping as they reach spawning maturity, have increased steadily in value over the last decade. (Flickr photo/Watershed Watch)

Fish and Game makes cuts to budget for Bristol Bay management

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still finalizing a plan to for the most recent cut to its budget, but Bristol Bay shouldn’t see too many more cuts.

John Venables in character as Secretary of State William Seward in at a groundbreaking ceremony in October 2013. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News)

Historian and reenactor John Venables dies

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Venables often played Judge James Wickersham and Secretary of State William Seward.

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Report: Polar bears’ fate tied to reversing global warming

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If humans don’t reverse global warming and stop the loss of sea ice, it’s unlikely polar bears will continue as a species.

Gov: New name for census area named for confederate officer

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The president of the Association of Village Council Presidents says the push began months before the deadly June shootings in South Carolina that brought renewed attention to remnants of confederate history.

State will discontinue filling grayling in Alaska lakes

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The canceled grayling program makes up 11 percent of the fish that the Fairbanks hatchery planned to stock next year. The decision also removes grayling production at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage.

North Pole man sickened by ‘rabbit fever’

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.”

Ketchikan man remains missing after 6 months

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The family of a Ketchikan man who has been missing for six months has filed a presumptive death petition.

University of Alaska Southeast director won’t take job

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Just over a week before he was supposed to start, the newly named director of the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus says he won’t be showing up for work.

Alaska officially drops lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of a court case that struck down Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 people and resulted in the nation's largest offshore oil spill.
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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

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The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

On Friday, a Russian Soyuz rocket will send an unmanned cargo ship with more than 3 tons of food, water and fuel for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
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Russian Rocket Poised For Crucial Supply Run To Space Station

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After a string of launch failures, NASA says astronauts have just four months of supplies left. A Russian rocket launching early Friday could provide relief.

Gordon (played by Roscoe Orman), Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), and The Count on Sesame Street's 42nd season. Manzano is closing out a Sesame Street career that began in 1971.
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Maria Leaves Sesame Street After 44 Years On The Block

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Sonia Manzano’s acting career began when she was in the original cast of Godspell – a musical which began as a student production on campus, according to the Associated Press.

About 90 percent of America's soybeans are genetically modified.

White House: We Have A Beef With GMO Regulations

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The White House has ordered a review of the government’s system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.