Leaning into the fear: As If! The Alaska State Improv Festival is back

Mercedes Muñoz with the bowls she has just finished glazing for the Empty Bowls fundraiser (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)

Soups from 18 Juneau restaurants to fill The Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls

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Around 400 bowls have been made for The Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls event on Sunday. It’s the ninth time the emergency shelter and soup kitchen has held the fundraiser.

Cruise ships in port in Juneau (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Industry forecasts strong tourist season for Alaska

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John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, says 2015 should be strong year for tourism in the state. But he says challenges may lie ahead.

(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

The Blind Spot: harm reduction at the transit center

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If you’re a teenager in Anchorage struggling with homelessness, hunger, or addiction there are few places to turn. One of the few organizations in Anchorage helping at-risk teens on their own terms is hidden in plain sight in one of the city’s busiest buildings.

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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.

Kensington Gold Mine mill

Alaska miners dispute claim that “much” of Alaska’s federal lands are open to mining

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“I think our concern is when you say “much” you’re talking about 18 percent of placer mines, and two out of six large-scale mines,” said mining industry representative.

The exterior of the ARCH building.

The Blind Spot: a system of order over chaos

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How youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse? One option is inpatient programs like the Adolescent Residential Center for Help in Eagle River.

Gov. Bill Walker dances during a ceremony at a Tlingit Haida Central Council function in Juneau where he was adopted into the Kaagwaantaan Clan, April 17, 2015. 
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Gov. Bill Walker adopted into Tlingit Clan

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Gov. Bill Walker was recently adopted into the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan. Walker said being adopted by the clan was a complete surprise.

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The Blind Spot: spaces between statistics

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In Anchorage, criminal offenses by minors referred to the DJJ has dropped by nearly half in the past decade – except severe drug and alcohol offenses.

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Pot legal in Alaska, but no toking up on state ferries

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Despite last fall’s legalization vote, you’re still not allowed to get stoned on state ferries.

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With budget negotiations stalled, Republicans consider partially funding government

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The Legislature has now gone five days past its statutory deadline, and still an agreement on the budget has not been reached.

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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.

After five-month break, more National Guard records released

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After a five-month hiatus on document production, the Walker administration has released a batch of records related to the Alaska National Guard scandal.

Josh Good holds a healthy solaster, or sun star, on an Unalaska beach. (Photo by Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Southwest’s healthy sea stars could shed light on wasting disease

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A mysterious virus that’s been wiping out sea stars on the West Coast since 2013 has spread all the way to Southeast Alaska — but it hasn’t made it to Southwest.

Ice goes out, ending Nenana Ice Classic

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The game’s manager, Cherrie Forness, says the ice went out at 2:25 p.m. Friday

Moderate quake shakes Cook Inlet region

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A moderate earthquake shook the area around the Cook Inlet in southern Alaska, but there were no reports of problems.

Fran Ulmer, U.S. Arctic Research Commission chairwoman (Photo courtesy U.S. Arctic Research Commission)

US to assume Arctic Council chair amid dispute over Russian military moves

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The United States will take over Friday as chair of the Arctic Council, the international body of representatives from eight nations with territory in the region.

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Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday. The temblor is the worst in Nepal in 80 years.

More Than 1,000 Confirmed Dead In Nepal After Powerful Earthquake

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The magnitude-7.8 temblor hit north of the capital Kathmandu, toppling buildings in the capital. Dozens were also killed in neighboring India, China and Bangladesh.

Earlier this week, protesters marched for Freddie Gray through downtown Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. A larger protest is planned for Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Protesters Pledge To ‘Shut Down’ Baltimore Over Police Custody Death

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People were gathering for what organizers say will be the largest demonstration to date in support of Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a fatal spinal cord injury during or after his arrest.

A reporter stands outside the front door of a house registered to a trading company operated by Navinder Singh Sarao in Hounslow, west of London. on April 22, 2015. Sarao was arrested in connection with the Wall Street flash crash of 2010. (Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Who, Or What, Crashed The Market In A Flash In 2010?

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The cause of Wall Street’s flash crash has been debated ever since it happened. Officials arrested a lone trader working in his parents’ London home, but some question whether he was really to blame.

Migrants wait to disembark at the Catania harbor in southern Italy on April 24. In recent weeks, hundreds of migrants leaving Libya have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European countries, including Italy, Spain and Greece. (Photo by Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards’ Tolerance

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Arab and African migrants are landing on Spain’s coast in a region with a 34 percent unemployment. That’s created friction and prompted a debate about how best to help them.