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Task force members clash on education funding

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:13

JUNEAU — A legislative task force clashed Tuesday over funding as they worked on a blueprint for addressing education in Alaska.

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Database connects misplaced money with rightful owners

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:12

We all know the old adage: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s how Lisa White felt when a friend told her about missingmoney.com, a website that claims to connect people with long-lost checks.

But, as White found, the site is legit — the Alaska Department of Revenue uses it to keep track of the approximately $83 million in unclaimed funds it holds on to, DOR special assistant Lacy Wilcox said. Alaska is one of 45 states that links its coffers of unclaimed checks to the site.

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Why The Cod On Cape Cod Now Comes From Iceland

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:56

Order cod in a restaurant on Cape Cod, and you might assume you're buying local. But the fish that gave the Cape its name are now so depleted that restaurants are serving cod imported from Iceland. Some activists think it's time America developed a taste for the less popular fish still present in the waters off the Cape.

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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:55

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. But excess phosphorus, either from manure or manufactured fertilizer, can run off into streams and lakes and become an ecological disaster.

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'Good Behavior' More Than A Game To Health Care Plan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:54

The Trillium Community Health Plan in Oregon gave 50 schools money to integrate the Good Behavior Game. It keeps kids plugged in and learning, and hopefully less likely later to pick up a dangerous habit like smoking.

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Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates 'The Loaf' Persists

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:53

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it's not that bad, and it's a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Rescue Begins For Icebound Ship In Antarctica

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:17

A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally got under way on Thursday. The helicopter will carry the passengers a dozen at a time in an operation expected to take five hours

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Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:30

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.

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Alaska fuel companies reach settlement in Nome fuel delivery

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 20:44
Alaska fuel companies reach settlement in Nome fuel delivery Behind the scenes of a historic wintertime fuel delivery to the Western Alaska community of Nome -- one hailed as a hallmark of cooperation -- two companies were fighting over broken promises and untold business secrets.January 1, 2014

Anchorage looks to Maine for clues to handle Alaska 'spice' problem

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 20:43
Anchorage looks to Maine for clues to handle Alaska 'spice' problem The ever-changing cocktail of chemicals that makes up synthetic marijuana, or "spice," makes it difficult for lawmakers to regulate. But Anchorage is hoping an example from the Northeast may help reduce the availability of the designer drug in Alaska's largest city.January 1, 2014

Alaska lawmakers shouldn't spend $100,000 on furniture design

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 20:08
Alaska lawmakers shouldn't spend $100,000 on furniture design COMMENTARY: The Alaska Legislature is spending up to $100,000 on furniture design for its Anchorage offices. The money would be better spent on actual furniture.January 1, 2014

Anchorage better at taking care of unwanted pets, but cats still flood shelters

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 20:06
Anchorage better at taking care of unwanted pets, but cats still flood shelters Anchorage is seeing fewer unwanted and stray pets. From January to October 2012, ACC took in 4,920 animals either as strays or after they were surrendered by their owners. That number dropped by more than 600, to 4,316, for the same period in 2013.January 1, 2014

Portugal's Baby Bust Is A Stark Sign Of Hard Times

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 19:38

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, and an increasingly rare one in Portugal, where the birthrate has dropped 14 percent since the economic crisis began. The poorest state in Western Europe faces a demographic time bomb as its population ages, the workforce shrinks and youth are unemployed or going abroad.

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Palmer PE teacher an inspiration for Alaskan children's healthy futures

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 17:47
Palmer PE teacher an inspiration for Alaskan children's healthy futures More than 150 schools and 10,000 elementary students around Alaska participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge, a program to empower children with the daily habit of physical activity, and some teachers are inspiring their students to live an active lifestyle.January 1, 2014

Analysis: Recalling the good moments in 2013 Arctic news

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 17:44
Analysis: Recalling the good moments in 2013 Arctic news It's easy to focus on doom and gloom in the Arctic, but much is going right in the far north. And 2013 was a good year on a lot of fronts.January 1, 2014

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 17:43

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.

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More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 17:43

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.

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'Fresh Prince' Actor James Avery Dead At 68

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 15:12

James Avery, the actor who played the Honorable Philip Banks — also known as Uncle Phil — on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

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2014 begins with active aurora borealis forecast for Alaska

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:54
2014 begins with active aurora borealis forecast for Alaska An active aurora is forecast Wednesday night across much of Alaska, alongside a new moon that will lend itself to darker night skies and better viewing. But will cloudy weather hamper northern lights hunters?January 1, 2014

When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 14:05

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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