Tobacco tax hike gets first hearing in Senate

A proposal to make Alaska’s tobacco taxes the fifth-highest in the United States met a mixed reception from the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on… Continue reading

A celebration of progress and a call for greater equality

Statistics paint a somewhat safer environment for Alaskan women today than five years ago, but a group gathered in the State Office Building Tuesday came… Continue reading

In new publication, Alaskans share stories about AMHS

JUNEAU – From Akutan to Ketchikan, Alaskans are sharing their personal stories in a new publication about what the Alaska Marine Highway means to those… Continue reading

On Facebook, Carson and Sanders lead in Alaska

Facebook “likes” aren’t votes, but if they were, Ben Carson would top Alaska’s Republican presidential primary and Bernie Sanders would run away with the Democratic… Continue reading

Rainforest Ferry service resumes

The Rainforest Islands Ferry will resume sailings April 15, the private ferry service announced by email Tuesday. Rainforest, a new service for Prince of Wales,… Continue reading

Forest Service proposes long-term Anan plan

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking the public’s input as it releases a 30-year plan for construction projects at Anan Wildlife Observatory near Wrangell.The observatory… Continue reading

Governor sinks fisheries entry commission

With an executive order Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker has merged the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The move,… Continue reading

Police calls for Wednesday, Feb. 17, 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

Authorities seek more info on church fire

The Juneau Police Department and Capital City Fire/Rescue are asking the public for help solving an arson case that damaged a church building more than… Continue reading

Rasmuson Foundation awards Perseverance Theater in Seven Tier 1 Awards

Perseverence Theatre won a $25,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Foundation announced in a news release Tuesday. The grant money — one of seven… Continue reading

Around Town

Intermediate Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel spreadsheets and other intermediate level skills. Free. Details: 586-5718. Writing… Continue reading

Royals head to spring training with highest of expectations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two years ago, hardly anyone expected the Kansas City Royals to reach the World Series.Last year, very few expected them to… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016
  • By DAVE SKRETTA

NFL’s Goodell made $34M in 2014

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned just over $34 million for 2014, according to the league’s tax filing released Tuesday.That total is actually… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016
  • By BARRY WILNER

Lawyer in UT case: Not about Peyton Manning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The lawyer for six women suing the University of Tennessee on its handling of sexual assault complaints by student-athletes is focused on… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016
  • By STEVE MEGARGEE
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology in Florence, S.C., Monday Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Cruz rivals pounce on candidate’s trust issues

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Ted Cruz is getting hammered by his Republican rivals over what they call a pattern of unethical campaign tactics and inaccurate statements… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology in Florence, S.C., Monday Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Larry Sanders poses for a photographer with his younger brother Bernie in this undated image from their childhood.

Sanders’ brother shares political odyssey

OXFORD, England — These are exciting times for Larry Sanders, a stalwart Green Party campaigner in Oxford, England. He’s just been appointed to a new… Continue reading

Larry Sanders poses for a photographer with his younger brother Bernie in this undated image from their childhood.

Alaskans can send texts to figure out food stamp eligibility

ANCHORAGE — Officials say a new system that allows Alaskans to find out if they are eligible for food stamps via text message will help… Continue reading

Study shows beluga whales dive to great depth to catch cod

ANCHORAGE — Beluga whales off Alaska’s northern coast target Arctic cod and will dive to great depths to reach them, according to data collected over… Continue reading

IS faces budget crunch, killing perks and slashing salaries

BEIRUT — Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016
  • By LORI HINNANT, ZEINA KARAM and SUSANNAH GEORGE
  • Nation-World

Russia, Saudis tentatively offer to freeze oil output levels

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oil powerhouses Russia and Saudi Arabia joined Qatar and Venezuela in pledging Tuesday to cap their crude output if other… Continue reading