Sea bass, pollock, striped bass and other fish species are seen for sale at the Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine.
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Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

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Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.

City Manager Kim Kiefer charts out one solution to gradually raise the eligibility age for the senior sales tax exemption with Assemblywoman Mary Becker. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Assembly considers $1 million hit to Juneau seniors’ sales tax perk

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The Juneau Assembly advanced a series of policy changes Thursday that would leave lower-income seniors entirely exempt from paying city sales tax, while reducing wealthier seniors’ benefit.

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Gardentalk – Pickling

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Master Gardener Ed Buyarski shares his Mom’s quick and easy brine recipe for pickling cucumbers, zucchini, peas, beans, and other vegetables.

Rep. Tammie Wilson addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, March 12, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

North Pole lawmaker seeks investigation into state Office of Children’s Services

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Rep. Tammie Wilson claims she’s heard hundreds of problematic stories regarding Alaska foster children, many with common elements.

Iced oysters wait to be grilled at Haa Aani/Sealaska's OysterFest.

Prominent anti-Pebble activist among four charged with stealing oysters from Kachemak Bay farm

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Alaska State Troopers identified Homer resident Anders Gustafson, executive director of the Renewable Resources Coalition, as the fourth person charged with stealing oysters from a farm in Kachemak Bay.

NPR's series looks at the human toll of mandatory minimum prison sentences. The White House and the Justice Department have taken the unprecedented step of asking for candidates who might win early release from prison through presidential pardons or commutations in the final years of the Obama presidency.
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Sexual assault reported in Dillingham Jail

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Wassily was booked on a third degree sexual assault charge and held on $10,000 bail pending arraignment.

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Ketchikan Borough to vote on tobacco tax

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The proposed tobacco tax would generate an estimated $1.2 million a year in new revenue. The draft ordinance calls for directing up to 15 percent of income toward smoking cessation programs.

Crewmen load halibut near Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by gillphoto)

Four Western Alaska communities to receive large halibut donation after dismal walrus harvest

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Four communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest will soon receive 10,000 pounds of halibut from a nonprofit that supplies seafood to hunger-relief efforts.

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Authorities report 2 arrests in Portland’s drilling protest

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The icebreaker made its way to the Pacific Ocean after authorities forced the demonstrators from the river and the St. Johns Bridge.

Service providers struggle amid state grant delay

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An Anchorage methadone clinic is turning people away as they wait for the state to send its grant award notice for the coming fiscal year.

Anchorage man pleads guilty in 2014 murder of girlfriend

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24-year-old Joshua Almeda entered the guilty plea Thursday as part of a plea agreement that would keep him from facing trial and a potential first-degree murder conviction.

Health nonprofits strained by delay in grant payments

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Some of Alaska’s social service agencies say they are feeling strained finances caused by delayed state grant funding caused by the Legislature’s late budget and expenditures on a new state computer accounting system.

MV Fennica. (Photo courtesy of Shell)

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

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The Fennica headed out Thursday after authorities forced protesters in kayaks from a river and removed others dangling from a bridge.

EPA announces $445K settlement with North Slope Borough

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EPA officials said Thursday the borough stored more than 45,000 pounds of hazardous waste in Barrow without a storage permit required under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Police have person of interest in credit card case

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Police say a state-issued credit card, reported missing from a state worker’s desk, was used to withdraw $500 from a Juneau bank last month.

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Sgt. Barbara Johnson and Corrections Lt. Robbin Preston run the Tuba City Juvenile Detention Center on the Navajo Nation.
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Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

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One report shows that state courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes like truancy and alcohol use. Another, that alternatives like treatment programs are more effective.

Organic farmer Margot McMillen holds a grape leaf damaged by pesticide drift on her farm, Terra Bella Farm, in central Missouri.
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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

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Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, on Thursday in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.
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University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

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The judge said that because Ray Tensing faces a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

Former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia say they are the victims of defamation and negligence.
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3 U.Va. Graduates Sue ‘Rolling Stone,’ Reporter Over Rape Article

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News of the lawsuit by former Phi Kappa Psi members comes along with word that Rolling Stone’s managing editor, Will Dana, has resigned.