Jordan Shilling, aide to Sen. John Coghill, talks about the meaning of justice during a hearing on an omnibus crime bill designed to overhaul the state's criminal justice system, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska.  The bill is being heard by Senate Finance committee which discussed reinvestment options for the money that could be saved by reducing the state's prison population. At left is Brenda Stanfill, of Fairbanks, Alaska, an advocate for victim's rights on the Alaska's Criminal Justice Commission. (AP Photo/Rashah McChesney)

Bill: Keep criminals from returning to jail

JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at preventing criminals from repeatedly returning to jail.The measure is part of a sweeping criminal justice… Continue reading

Jordan Shilling, aide to Sen. John Coghill, talks about the meaning of justice during a hearing on an omnibus crime bill designed to overhaul the state's criminal justice system, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska.  The bill is being heard by Senate Finance committee which discussed reinvestment options for the money that could be saved by reducing the state's prison population. At left is Brenda Stanfill, of Fairbanks, Alaska, an advocate for victim's rights on the Alaska's Criminal Justice Commission. (AP Photo/Rashah McChesney)

Obama turns attention to growing opioid abuse problem

ATLANTA — The trajectory of opioid deaths in the United States is trending in the wrong direction and should be atop the federal government’s radar… Continue reading

Mallott to talk ferry system, budget at Chamber

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is the keynote speaker at this week’s Juneau Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at noon Thursday in the Hangar Ballroom.Mallott is scheduled… Continue reading

Troopers: Person found dead in burned home in Alaska village

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a person has been found dead after a fire broke out in a home in the western Alaska village… Continue reading

Anchorage man dies in apartment shooting after altercation

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say a fatal shooting of a man at an east-side apartment was preceded by an altercation with another person.Police say the… Continue reading

Correction

A brief news item on Page A2 of Tuesday’s Juneau Empire gave an incorrect date for a Wells Fargo anniversary celebration. The celebration is Thursday… Continue reading

Police calls for Wednesday, March 30, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed… Continue reading

Nonprofit announces heating oil help for 20 Alaska villages

ANCHORAGE — A nonprofit organization serving 20 western Alaska villages says it will make $325,000 available this year to help people in its communities pay… Continue reading

Around Town

Using iPads and other mobile device tips and tricks, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Improves skills for work, school or testing. Free.… Continue reading

Volcano spews smaller amounts of ash at lower levels

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska volcano kept pumping out new ash Tuesday that could threaten aircraft, but it came in smaller amounts at lower heights, according… Continue reading

Fairbanks borough voters to decide on 5 pct. pot tax

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have agreed to put a marijuana sales tax proposal before voters this fall.The Borough Assembly approved the ballot… Continue reading

Hijacking of Egypt plane by ‘unstable’ man ends peacefully

LARNACA, Cyprus — An Egyptian wearing a fake explosives belt who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and forced it to land in Cyprus on Tuesday… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2016
  • By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and HAMZA HENDAWI
  • Nation-World
FILE -- In this Sept. 8, 2015 file photo, children play amid the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. Hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen's conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the U.S., launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade a year ago. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

An infant’s 5-month life points to hunger’s spread in Yemen

HAZYAZ, Yemen — The baby was born in war, even as planes blasted his village in Yemen. Five months later, Udai Faisal died from war:… Continue reading

FILE -- In this Sept. 8, 2015 file photo, children play amid the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. Hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen's conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the U.S., launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade a year ago. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Police charge Trump manager with battery

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Police charged Donald Trump’s campaign manager with simple battery Tuesday as a videotaped altercation with a reporter transformed what was another… Continue reading

Tied 4-4 after Scalia’s death, high court gives unions a win

WASHINGTON — In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, U.S. labor unions scored a major victory Tuesday with a… Continue reading

Oscar-winning actress Duke dies at 69

Oscar-winning actress Duke dies at 69

NEW YORK — Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” then maintained a long career… Continue reading

Oscar-winning actress Duke dies at 69

Valentine, Hield lead AP’s All-America team

Whenever talk of the best college basketball player this season came up so did two names: Denzel Valentine of Michigan State and Buddy Hield of… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2016
  • By JIM O'CONNELL

NFL demands retraction of New York Times concussion story

NEW YORK — The NFL has demanded The New York Times retract a story that called the league’s concussion research flawed and likened the NFL’s… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2016
  • By BARRY WILNER

Presidents’ Trophy brings mixed emotions for Capitals

WASHINGTON — Players can’t drink out of the Presidents’ Trophy, given to the top regular-season team in the NHL. Not that the Washington Capitals would… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2016
  • By STEPHEN WHYNO

Stars live monkishly at Kenyan running camp

KAPTAGAT, Kenya — The hand-written roster — misspelled “rosta” — tells the runners when it’s their turn for communal chores. Stephen Kiprotich’s name is on… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2016
  • By JOHN LEICESTER