A surprising spike in the number of Alaska children in foster care appears rooted both in a heroin epidemic as well as a more aggressive response by a state agency to reports of endangered children, state officials say.
Lisa Demer
A car hit and killed a man who was crossing East Fifth Avenue near Merrill Field Saturday night, police said. This is at least the third pedestrian death on that block in the past year and a half. 
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Renewable energy company Juneau District Heating on Tuesday announced plans to build a heat pump system that can provide heat to downtown Juneau using technology that pulls energy from Gastineau Channel.
Suzanna Caldwell
In the past year, a coalition of Anchorage churches has stepped up efforts to find solutions for what they say is a critical shortage of detox beds outside of emergency rooms in the city.AnchorageDevin Kelly
The basic science of climate change is surprisingly easy to understand. We can argue about a lot of related issues, but agreeing on core facts would help everyone.CommentaryCharles Wohlforth
Gov. Bill Walker and House Speaker Mike Chenault have put politics aside and joined forces in this year's legislative bowling league, where Chenault boasts one of the highest averages along with Walker's fish and game commissioner.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Guns and cannabis are common things Alaskans carry, but what about both at once?Highly InformedScott Woodham

News & Politics

Anchorage school library, gym closed due to damage from 7.1 earthquake

Romig Middle School's gym roof sustained structural damage, and a library shared between Romig and West High School was also damaged by the 7.1 earthquake that rattled Southcentral Alaska in late January. Laurel Andrews

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Alaska Senate leaders: We need guns on UA campuses

If you are a politician, misdirection is as familiar as the Pledge of Allegiance. Get people to waste their energy fighting over imaginary problems and they will be distracted from real budget questions about services and taxes.  Dermot Cole

Nation/World

  • Justice Antonin Scalia, whose transformative legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a leader of a conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the Supreme Court, was found dead on Saturday at a resort in West Texas, according to a statement from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. He was 79.

     

  • Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court and an intellectual leader of the conservative legal movement, died Saturday, and his death set off an immediate political battle about the future of the court and its national role.

We Alaskans

Intensely Inuit: Photographer captures life in remote Alaska

With "I am Inuit," a follow-up to his "I am Alaskan" series, photographer Brian Adams will spend a year visiting some 20 Alaska villages to deliver a portrait of the people and places of rural Alaska. Tara Young

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