View from near jury box of the courtroom that is part of the Robert Boochever U.S. Courthouse. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Jury deliberations in Wrangell doc’s child porn case expected to begin Tuesday

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Greg Salard’s defense team did not offer any witnesses or present any evidence of their own. Salard declined to testify on his own behalf.

KNOM reporter Matthew Smith interviews Nome City Manager Josephine Bahnke earlier this month. Bahnke will step in as the Division of Elections Director in October. (Photo by John Handeland)

Elections director resigns abruptly at Mallott’s request, Nome city manager to take over

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Gail Fenumiai resigned abruptly on Friday at Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s request. She’s being replaced by Nome City Manager Josephine Bahnke.

Some of Alaska's wildfires are dramatic: flames, vast plumes of smoke and firefighting battles. Here, on June 17, a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. But even fires that look far quieter, like they're all burned out, can continue to smolder underground — and pose a dangerous threat to permafrost.
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Beneath Alaskan Wildfires, A Hidden Threat: Long-Frozen Carbon’s Thaw

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As millions of acres of forests burn across the state this summer, there’s growing concern about what impact that might have on permafrost — and how melting permafrost might affect climate change.

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The Alexander Archipelago wolf. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Fish & Game)

Groups seek halt to POW wolf hunting, logging

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Six organizations want the state to cancel the upcoming wolf trapping and hunting season on POW, the federal Office of Subsistence Management to cancel the subsistence wolf harvest, and the Forest Service to halt logging activity on the Big Thorne Timber Sale.

Yum! Homemade salmonberry jam with a few raspberries and blueberries mixed in is delicious! (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gardentalk – We’re jamming!

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Learn how to make freezer and cooked jam from local raspberries, salmonberries, and blueberries.

Air Force JROTC cadets from North Pole High School in December 2014. (Public Domain photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford)

Nome schools again pins JROTC funding hopes on Sitnasuak donation

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Once again this year, the NPS Nome Public Schools requested a donation from SNC of $150,000.

Fish picked out of the net find their way to the ice slush in the back of the truck. The crew then delivers the catch to the cannery down the beach.
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Next generation takes over fishing in Ekuk

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There is one beach in the Nushagak Bay that remains a home to local family operations.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies in January 2013 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
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Clinton To Testify Again Before Benghazi Committee

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The former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential candidate says she will appear to discuss the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.

Kelly Swihart, Petersburg’s Chief of Police, stands in front of one of the cells in the community jail. (Photo by Joe Sykes/KFSK)

Pains of Trooper cuts felt at small community jails

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Small community jails rely on the Troopers to transport prisoners. Cuts to the Troopers’ and jails’ budgets means more difficulty when overseeing public safety.

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Appeals Court orders review of video testimony in abuse case

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The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled Friday that video testimony, sparing children the ordeal of appearing in court, must be scrutinized by the trial judge.

Strong earthquake rattles Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

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The quake struck at 8:49 p.m. Sunday and was centered 45 miles southwest of the village of Nikolski at a depth of 16 miles.

Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses

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A designation at the same level of heroin in the Controlled Substances Act means bankers don’t want to take the risk of handling money from pot businesses.

Dozens of Anchorage residents displaced following flood

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The storm that flooded Anchorage streets Saturday night also washed away Janice Anderson’s first home in 10 years.

Fishing boat in Kachemak Bay missing out of Homer

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The fishing boat carrying a man and two children left Homer on a halibut fishing trip Saturday. It was supposed to return Sunday afternoon but had not been sighted by 6 p.m.

Anchorage inmate in custody for 20 years dies

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The Alaska Department of Corrections said in a statement that 74-year-old William Wilson had been held since 1995 on a second-degree murder conviction.

Anchorage sees spate of deaths in homeless population

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An Anchorage police spokeswoman says there were no signs of foul play. It will be several weeks before the autopsy report is available.

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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during his meeting with the heads and members of public organizations and professional associations in Damascus, on Sunday. Assad acknowledged that the fight against rebels had suffered setbacks, but vowed to win against insurgents.

Syria’s Assad Admits Setbacks In Civil War, But Vows To Win

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Speaking in a televised address in Damascus, Assad promised: “We will resist and we will win.”

About 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles, including Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers, were recalled on Friday over concerns that they could be remotely hacked. On Sunday, federal regulators announced previous Fiat Chrysler safety recalls had been mishandled and hit the company with a record $105 million fine.
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Fiat Chrysler Hit With Record $105 Million Fine Over Safety Recalls

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The automaker admits it failed to promptly and effectively recall vehicles with defects, including ones that could cause drivers to lose control. The company will also buy back some cars from owners.

Wall graffiti at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The company released a diversity report last month showing that 70 percent of employees are male; African-Americans comprise 2 percent of it workforce.
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More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In Silicon Valley

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As the big tech firms grapple with a lack of diversity, three women of color who work in the industry talk about the challenges of expanding staff demographics.

Civil defense workers wear gas masks near damaged ground in a village near the Syrian city of Idlib in May. Activists said there had been a chlorine attack.
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In Syria, Chlorine Attacks Continue To Take A Toll

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Activists say the Syrian regime continues to attack its people with chlorine gas — with little reaction from an international community once focused on preventing Syria’s use of chemical weapons.