Egyptian intellectuals campaign against jailing of novelist

CAIRO — Egyptian writers, artists and film-makers have launched a public campaign for greater freedom of creativity and expression following the jailing of a novelist… Continue reading

Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about recidivism rates in Alaska's judicial system at the Hanger Ballroom on Thursday. Attorney Ben Brown and Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, also spoke during the Chamber's weekly luncheon.

Photo: Chamber speaker

Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy speaks to the Chamber of Commerce about recidivism rates in Alaska’s judicial system at the Hanger Ballroom on Thursday.… Continue reading

Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about recidivism rates in Alaska's judicial system at the Hanger Ballroom on Thursday. Attorney Ben Brown and Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, also spoke during the Chamber's weekly luncheon.

Around Town

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176. Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267. Organ concert, noon, State Office Building.… Continue reading

68 marijuana business license applications started 1st day

ANCHORAGE — Would-be marijuana entrepreneurs were busy the first day they could start the business license process in Alaska.State marijuana regulators report in a release… Continue reading

Alert citizens with cellphone help capture theft suspect

ANCHORAGE — A man suspected of breaking into Anchorage cars was corralled with the help of alert witnesses with a cellphone.Police say an employee at… Continue reading

Police & fire calls for Friday, Feb. 26, 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

Ballot initiative not done yet

A ballot initiative proposing a law to make it easier for Alaskans to register to vote isn’t officially on the fall primary election ballot —… Continue reading

SeaWorld admits putting workers in animal rights group

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld acknowledged that it sent its own workers to infiltrate an animal rights group which opposed the practices of the theme park.The… Continue reading

This photo provided by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA, shows astronaut Scott Kelly. After nearly a year in space, Kelly is just a few days away from returning to Earth. On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Kelly is scheduled to hold his final news conference from the International Space Station. He'll check out Tuesday, riding a Russian Soyuz capsule back to the planet to end NASA's longest space flight ever. (AP Photo/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA)

Space-endurance champ: I could do another year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s space-endurance champ, Scott Kelly, returns to Earth next week after nearly a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station.… Continue reading

This photo provided by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA, shows astronaut Scott Kelly. After nearly a year in space, Kelly is just a few days away from returning to Earth. On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Kelly is scheduled to hold his final news conference from the International Space Station. He'll check out Tuesday, riding a Russian Soyuz capsule back to the planet to end NASA's longest space flight ever. (AP Photo/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA)

Apple asks judge to vacate order on locked iPhone

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. on Thursday asked a federal magistrate to reverse her order that the company help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone,… Continue reading

APOC quashes complaint against Crane

It didn’t take long for the Alaska Public Offices Commission to reject Assembly member Debbie White’s complaint against mayoral candidate Karen Crane. A day after… Continue reading

School district’s budget priorities could cut cultural education resources

Depending on how much funding the Juneau School District gets, items like cultural education paraeducators and middle school activities could be at risk of getting… Continue reading

Mayoral candidates Karen Crane, left, and Ken Koelsch are shown during a forum held at the Assembly Chambers on Wednesday night, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Juneau Empire and KTOO.

Mayoral candidates disagree on senior sales tax, heroin crisis and ‘The Road’

Community members packed the Assembly Chambers on Wednesday night to hear mayoral candidates Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch speak on the issues. Overflow at the… Continue reading

Mayoral candidates Karen Crane, left, and Ken Koelsch are shown during a forum held at the Assembly Chambers on Wednesday night, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Juneau Empire and KTOO.

Juneau man indicted for child pornography

The U.S. Attorney’s office indicted a Juneau man Wednesday for the distribution of child pornography.Steven Raymond Foster, 45, was arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge… Continue reading

Judge approves $1B settlement between US and Native tribes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A judge has approved a nearly $1 billion settlement between the Obama administration and Native American tribes over claims the government shorted… Continue reading

Perseverance’s 38th season to be biggest one yet

The 38th season marks a first for Perseverance, with a seven-show season in Juneau and a six-show season in Anchorage. This will be Perseverance’s sixth… Continue reading

Senate panel hears bill aimed at easing birth control access

JUNEAU — Representatives from Planned Parenthood, a union of current and former sex workers, small business owners and others testified Wednesday on a bill that… Continue reading

Lawmakers nix funding for public corruption investigators

Members of the House subcommittee that sets the budget for the Alaska Department of Law have turned down $318,700 to hire investigators and attorneys to… Continue reading

Around Town

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas Library. Details: 586-5267. Annual JCCC Lenten Lunch Series, noon, Northern Light United… Continue reading

Division of Elections approves ballot initiative

The Alaska Division of Elections has approved a ballot initiative for the Aug. 16 primary election. On Monday, the division certified the PFD Voter Registration… Continue reading