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Life Informed.

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    From exceptionally strong to exceptionally weak runs, sockeye salmon leave scientists scratching their heads this year in Alaska. Listen now

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    Starting next year, Unalaska retailers won't be allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags to their customers. If they do, they'll be hit with $100 fines each time.

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    When it gets hot in Anchorage, some people cool off with a swim or a float down the city's creeks and streams. But is that safe? DEC data show that for almost all of the city's creeks and streams levels of fecal coliform bacteria are higher than the safety standards for drinking, swimming or even secondary activities like rafting and kayaking.

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    After parting ways with a long-time contractor, the Lower Kuskokwim School District doesn’t have nearly enough school buses for the city’s students.

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    Across Alaska, crime is up. That's according to data released today by the Department of Public Safety comparing 2017 to 2016. In its Uniform Crime Report, the department said that statewide, crime rose by 6 percent last year.

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    Education advocate Alyse Galvin is running for Congress as a mom and "someone who is like all people." That's part of her campaign message: "I'm in touch. I've been there."

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    Alaska crime up 6 percent, officials say; Moose hunters riled over new restrictions on military-training range access to camps; Number of bears at Brooks Falls may depend on the size of the salmon run; Galvin runs as Alaskan everywoman, vying for US House; Is swimming in Anchorage's waterways safe?; With few school buses, Lower Kuskokwim School District turns to Kusko Cab to transport students; At Kindergarten Boot Camp, kids get a head start on learning Listen now

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    Moose-hunting season begins in just over two weeks, and hunters are up in arms over restrictions on access through military-training ranges that will make it hard for them to get back into their favorite camps.

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    "We know that the berm isn’t the long-term solution," Scott Evans with the North Slope Borough said. "But that’s what we have the ability to do right now. So that’s what we’re continuing to do because we know it’s slowing everything down." Listen now

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    Dimitri Shein was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to Anchorage when he was 12. He says the experience helps him appreciate what makes America exceptional. "And now I see all these values under attack." Listen now

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    Report details state, private companies that were targeted. Listen now

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    Cyber-security firm says Alaska was targeted by Chinese cyber spies; State house candidate faces charges over food stamp benefits; NTSB releases initial report on deadly Alaska Range crash; Lieutenant governor candidate Grunwald was fired at height of National Guard scandal; Political support to play part in jury selection for trial; Democrat hopes to unseat Young with 'Medicare for all' campaign; Alaska marijuana board taking comment on onsite use draft; Alaska Marijuana Control Board fines pot festival organizer; Major oil development planned in NPR-A to get ‘streamlined’ environmental review; In Utqiaġvik, a growing erosion problem may soon outpace local efforts to slow it Listen now

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    The Bureau of Land Management has kicked off the environmental review process for what could be one of Alaska's biggest future oil developments, in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Trump administration wants to make that process go faster. But environmental groups worry a faster review won't do enough to protect the Arctic wilderness. Listen now

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    The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report on the flightseeing crash that killed five people earlier this month. Listen now

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    In 2014, Parnell said the dismissal of Grunwald and two others was related to an investigation done by the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations. Listen now

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    Like many communities in Alaska, the Village of Kake has an on-again, off-again history of local law enforcement. A year after the tragic death of a teenage girl – a case that still hasn’t been solved – the lights in the Village Public Safety Office are now back on. At least, they will be again in November, when the VPSOs return from training. Listen now

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    This week we're hearing from Cece Esparza in Kodiak. Esparza has been a social worker all over the state and is the longest volunteer host at KMXT in Kodiak. She's originally from California. Listen now

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    A $12 million budget boost from Congress will help modernize the instruments that protect transcontinental jet planes from threats posed by volcanic ash. Listen now

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    Governor's office says there's no conclusive proof China is spying on Alaska. Listen now

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    Walker administration doubles down as cyber-security experts warn of China’s threat to Alaska; Man in custody for fatal Alaska apartment fire; Alaska man faces life in prison for Florida airport shooting; Kodiak-based district sees challenger to caucus-switching Republican; Napakiak gets federal funding for erosion, climate change impacts; Cash from Congress will boost Alaska-based system that protects planes from volcanic ash; Unalaska approves plastic bag ban, to take effect Jan. 1; AK: One year after tragedy, stakes are high for Kake VPSOs; 49 Voices: Cece Esparza of Kodiak Listen now

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