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An explosion and subsequent fire aboard the 30-foot fishing vessel Fireman sent one person to the hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard said. An investigation into the incident remains open.

Alaska Dispatch News
Two leading Alaska Native tribal organizations on Wednesday petitioned the federal government to dramatically lower the cap on the number of king salmon that Bering Sea commercial fishermen can harvest as bycatch in order to protect the fish.Lisa Demer
There are no commitments in the new LNG agreement between Japan and Alaska -- very similar to another document signed in 2013 -- but both parties assert that signing memos to cooperate is mutually beneficial and they need to keep talking.Dermot Cole
An Anchorage man found guilty of fraudulently billing Medicaid more than $20,000 has been sentenced to two months in prison in addition to restitution and loss of the privilege to bill the federal program.Jerzy Shedlock
Goldbelt Security LLC, a subsidiary of a Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation, will be paid $1.97 million for a one-year contract to operate the van service that picks up inebriated people from Anchorage streets and to staff the Anchorage Safety Center. Devin Kelly

Forty-one people from 23 countries were naturalized at a ceremony at East High School on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Marc Lester
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a change to the Bettles airport lighting system that would reduce the airport's IFR capabilities. It is seeking comments from the public until Sept. 25.Colleen Mondor
A collection of investigative materials from the National Transportation Safety Board sheds some light on a July 2013 plane crash that killed 10 people in Soldotna, including that the flight may have been overloaded and off-center when it tried to take off before crashing.Lisa Demer
On Wednesday, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced that Alaskans' 2014 Permanent Fund Dividend checks will clock in at $1,884. Distribution of payments to bank accounts will begin Oct. 2.Sean Doogan
The U.S. agency that explores outer space is also probing another frontier -- the rapidly warming climate in Alaska and other parts of the Far North.Yereth Rosen

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