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Planned Parenthood changes fetal-tissue reimbursement policy

NEW YORK - Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will cover the costs itself rather than accepting any reimbursement.
Nation and World
An ocean of change: Warm gulf leads to unusual happenings, worried scientists

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists have caught a tropically-inclined ocean sunfish 40 miles off Southeast Alaska's Icy Point; Ketchikan is experiencing its largest plankton bloom in at least 30 years; Auke Lake's out-migrating pink salmon left earlier this year than they ever have; water temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska and locally are a degree to several degrees warmer than normal, and whales have floated belly-up in Kodiak.
Controversy lingers over Moose Mamas' mission to raise orphaned calves

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Moose Mamas have a singular mission: to raise orphaned urban moose calves and release them into rural areas of the state suffering from flagging moose populations.
Toxic algae bloom arrives in Southeast Alaska

Climate change, shifting ocean chemistry and a warm Gulf of Alaska are giving Southeast fishermen and shellfish harvesters a new biotoxin to worry about.
Gov. Walker seeks input to balance state budget

Pick your poison: State income tax? State sales tax? A "cap" on Permanent Fund dividends? Draconian cuts to public services? A hike in oil taxes? It's time for Alaskans to make decisions, said Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
State | AK legislature
Conservationists concerned with cruise ship rules

JUNEAU - Towering cruise ships, sometimes four at a time, sit at port in Juneau at the peak of summer, delivering tourists important to the economy of this and other Southeast Alaska communities.
State | AK legislature
Walker's opening choices are hard ones

JUNEAU - Bill Walker is coming into the governor's office faced with high expectations for a renewed spirit of bipartisanship in Alaska politics and the grim reality of plunging oil prices and gaping budget holes.
Commissioner says districts responsive to school rankings

...didn't experience before," he said during Tuesday's Senate Education Committee hearing.Susan McCauley, director of the division of teaching and learning support, said that for the 2013-2014 school year, Alaska had 75 five-star, 198...
Vic Kohring drops out of US Senate race

JUNEAU - Vic Kohring, who was nominated for U.S. Senate last month by the Alaskan Independence Party, withdrew his candidacy in the interest of getting a "good Republican elected.
Kohring withdraws to help Sullivan in Senate race

JUNEAU - Vic Kohring, a former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011, has withdrawn his candidacy for U.S. Senate in the interest of getting Republican Dan Sullivan elected.


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