After Legislature adjourns, Walker calls for special session

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.

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.

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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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.

Spin drier sits at the Trident fishmeal plant

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.

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.

Empty alcohol bottles in a sink

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.

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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.

James Poulson and his father Thad operate the printing press

AK: The Sitka Sentinel remains a family affair

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The Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare.

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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.

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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.

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.

Additional motions filed in education funding lawsuit

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough today appealed an earlier motion that would allow the AASB, ACSA and ASA to join the ongoing education funding lawsuit as friends of the court in support of the State of Alaska.


Senate passes Interior energy bill

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The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would authorize financing for a gas project to serve Interior Alaska.

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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.

Volunteers clear debris of a collapsed temple

More Than 4,000 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake Toll Rises

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Aftershocks are rattling survivors’ nerves and making the recovery even more challenging. In one district, 400,000 people were affected by the quake and more than 4,000 homes are now unsafe.

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28 during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

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Lynch’s nomination was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate, five months after President Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder.

Chief Justice John Roberts (from left) and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor at the State of the Union address earlier this year. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AP)

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices’ Words

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, we know a good deal about the justices’ views already.