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White House: Alaska's Medicaid expansion 'right decision' 

updated 11:23am

ANCHORAGE - The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the "right decision.

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Jewell: Denali name change is final

Today, 11:39am

Late Sunday, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House, said he was "deeply disappointed" that President Obama allowed U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to restore Denali’s name from Mount McKinley.

High court won't block expansion

Today, 12:02am

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid.
It's a victory for Gov. Bill Walker, who announced this summer he was expanding Medicaid without the approval of the Legislature.

Obama to take trip with a Bear Grylls

Today, 9:44am

NEW YORK - Survival expert Bear Grylls has bagged his biggest celebrity yet for a walk in the wilderness - President Barack Obama.

Police nab wanted fugitive

Today, 12:00am

The Juneau Police Department arrested a wanted man late Sunday after contacting him in a Mendenhall Valley home.
Gregory Dewayne Crowley, 30, was taken into custody around 11 p.m.

Photo: Polarizing moment

Today, 7:41am
Steve Jones, of the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco, demonstates outside the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center as the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: ...

Big push for STEM

Today, 10:35am

American students aren't very good problem solvers, according to global educational rankings. The solution for that issue in Juneau, advocates say, could be a new charter school.

Gastineau Apartments going down, likely taking Pocket Park with it

Today, 11:26am

The condemned Gastineau Apartments building could be demolished by the end of the year, and neighboring Pocket Park could be going down with it, city officials say.

44th in the 49th: President Obama arrives in Alaska

Today, 10:12am

ANCHORAGE - The crowds were there - diplomat, media and bystander alike. As President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska for his first prolonged visit to the 49th state, there were plenty of cheers and no boos on the streets of Anchorage.

Southeast pink salmon harvest fails to meet predictions

Today, 12:01am

KETCHIKAN - Officials have reduced the estimate for Southeast Alaska's pink salmon harvest by almost 30 million fish as the summer fishery wraps up its season.

Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri

Today, 11:26am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for two decades — a period in which the nation’s attitudes toward pot have steadily softened.

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My Turn: The changing Arctic presents opportunity to thrive, if we act now

The U.S. has been an Arctic nation since it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, yet no sitting President has ever ventured to the Alaskan Arctic. That changed when President Barack Obama arrived this week to address a conference on Arctic issues.

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Local Sports Calendar for Tuesday, Sept. 1

Saturday, September 5 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Away, TBD, Juneau-Douglas at Fairbanks' West Valley. Away, 7 p.m., Thunder Mountain at Fairbanks' North Pole. HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY Away, JDHS & TMHS at Haines Invitational.

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Alaska Science Forum: Spillways of an ancient Alaska lake

Many years ago, geologists stood on the bank of the Copper River and watched Childs Glacier thunder icebergs straight into the river. Using a little imagination, one researcher remarked how an advance of the glacier could seal off the big river.

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