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No Parnell-Mallott debates scheduled for Juneau

Southeast Alaska News - 16 hours 11 min ago

Republican Gov. Sean Parnell is ready to run for re-election.

On Wednesday, Parnell’s re-election campaign announced 10 campaign debates starting later this month and culminating in late October.

The debates are the first for Parnell, whose campaign says he has focused on legislative business while his presumed election opponents stump for votes.

For the capital city, Parnell’s schedule has a catch — Juneau didn’t make the cut.

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Sponsor pulls bill allowing guns on campus

Southeast Alaska News - 16 hours 12 min ago

JUNEAU — A bill that would allow people to carry concealed handguns on University of Alaska campuses has been pulled.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, asked the Senate Finance Committee during a Tuesday hearing to not take up the bill this year, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. This year’s legislative session is scheduled to end Sunday.

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Suspect's interview played in Kodiak murder trial

Southeast Alaska News - 16 hours 12 min ago

ANCHORAGE — The Coast Guard civilian charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak communications station told an FBI agent he was late getting to work the day of the deaths because he returned home to change a soft tire, but he had no explanation for why the trip of a few miles should have taken more than 34 minutes.

James Wells, 62, is charged in federal court with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Richard Belisle, 51, and Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins, 41, shortly after they arrived for work around 7 a.m. April 12, 2012.

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Expert: Westboro Baptist protesters unlikely to show

Southeast Alaska News - 16 hours 13 min ago

ANCHORAGE — An expert on hate groups said it was unlikely protesters from a nationally known Kansas church will show up in Alaska to picket two institutions, despite their announcements to do so.

The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka has announced plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center and ChangePoint, a nondenominational church, both in Anchorage on June 1.

Southern Poverty Law Center senior fellow Mark Potok told the Anchorage Daily News that Westboro has a long history of scheduling pickets, but actually attends less than half of them.

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USDA files complaint against UAF over musk oxen deaths

Southeast Alaska News - 16 hours 13 min ago

FAIRBANKS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture accused the University of Alaska Fairbanks of possible Animal Welfare Act violations in the starvation deaths of 12 musk oxen at the school’s large-animal research station.

USDA spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa said Wednesday that an administrative judge will decide whether the university could face fines that an animal-rights group hopes total $10,000 per animal.

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Alaska pot supporters make deal with opponents

Southeast Alaska News - 16 hours 13 min ago

ANCHORAGE — The group behind a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska said Wednesday it would gladly contribute funds to their opponents — if they prove pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

The challenge was made by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and involves both a new local opposition group and a national campaign that seeks to keep pot illegal.

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Alaska House names 20 Native languages "official" for state

Southeast Alaska News - 16 hours 13 min ago

The Alaska House voiced its unanimous support Wednesday for having 20 Alaska Native languages join English as the state’s official language.

After emotional speeches from several lawmakers, the body burst into rare applause after Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ HB216 was approved.

“It’s recognition that Alaska Native languages are Alaska’s languages,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. “It elevates the importance of revitalizing them and turning the tide of language loss — preventing them from going extinct.”

The bill now heads to the Senate, where its rapid approval is expected.

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:30

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:29

The two cases are the first in the country since 1999. The virus spread from neighboring Cameroon. When polio is on the move in Central Africa, the toll can be tragic.

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Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:28

Once status symbols for newly minted millionaires, horses are now the voiceless victims in Spain's economic crash. Two sisters are adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply.

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When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:27

Most often, when married business owners divorce, both relationships sour. But that's not always the case. Some couples have figured out a way to make their companies succeed even after they've split.

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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:25

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.

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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:55

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.

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Evacuation Order Came Too Late For Many On Ferry

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:36

Poor weather conditions hamper an increasingly anxious search for 287 missing passengers. The ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea a day earlier.

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Alaska gas line revenues could hit $4 billion, but don't count the money just yet

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:18
Alaska gas line revenues could hit $4 billion, but don't count the money just yet OPINION: It's possible that a gas pipeline could generate $4 billion a year a decade from now. But if oil and gas prices tank while construction costs shoot up, the state could collect 10 percent of that amount. In thinking about a gas pipeline, Alaskans shouldn't think of the much-quoted $4 billion forecast as a given.April 16, 2014

Democracy is not dead in Alaska, but HB 77 is -- for now

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:08
Democracy is not dead in Alaska, but HB 77 is -- for now OPINION: The death of legislation proposing changes to Alaskans' access to water rights proves that loud and sustained public outcry can indeed change the course of government for the greater good. But Alaskans should keep vigilant for the bill's return.April 16, 2014

US export uncertainty unsettles global LNG industry

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:07
US export uncertainty unsettles global LNG industry ANALYSIS: Demand for liquefied natural gas is steadily rising, and anxiety is growing about supply and where prices will wind up after a host of new projects come online worldwide.April 16, 2014

Nunavut fuel spills are down, but accidents still happen

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:07
Nunavut fuel spills are down, but accidents still happen Overall quantities are down, but fuel-handling tasks continue to result in spills at storage sites, pipelines and at homes. April 16, 2014

Supporters issue challenge to opposition in fight to legalize marijuana in Alaska

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:03
Supporters issue challenge to opposition in fight to legalize marijuana in Alaska In a Wednesday morning press conference, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Alaska fired its first salvo against its opposition. The anti-legalization campaign says those tactics are ones they've seen before.April 16, 2014

Victim's daughter takes stand in Kodiak double murder case

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:02
Victim's daughter takes stand in Kodiak double murder case The daughter of one of two men killed at a U.S. Coast Guard installation on Kodiak in April 2012 testified Wednesday during the trial of James Michael Wells, the man accused of murdering her father.April 16, 2014