Sweeping crime bill sees opposition

JUNEAU — An Alaska lawmaker’s efforts to put a dent in the state’s rising prison population have run afoul of a victim rights’ organization and… Continue reading

University of Alaska President Dr. Jim Johnsen

UA gains some funding back, but still takes a budget hit

The House subcommittee on the University of Alaska budget accepted a smaller cut than the one proposed by Rep. Tammie Wilson last week, but rejected… Continue reading

University of Alaska President Dr. Jim Johnsen
Dr. Andre Rosay presents the results of the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey to the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault during their meeting in Juneau on Thursday. Lauree Morton, Executive Director for the CDVSA, left, and Richard Irwin, Chair of the CDVSA, listen during the meeting held in the Gold Belt Building.

‘Still atrocious, still unacceptable’

In 2015, more women in Alaska entered adulthood without a traumatic sexual assault lingering in their past than years prior.A survey funded by Alaska’s Council… Continue reading

Dr. Andre Rosay presents the results of the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey to the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault during their meeting in Juneau on Thursday. Lauree Morton, Executive Director for the CDVSA, left, and Richard Irwin, Chair of the CDVSA, listen during the meeting held in the Gold Belt Building.

Legislature takes big bite out of marketing for fish and folks

A subcommittee of the Alaska House is recommending big cuts to the budgets of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and state-funded tourism marketing efforts.The Alaska… Continue reading

Oil booms and absorbent pads are deployed at Twin Lakes downhill from an home heating oil tank failure in Mountainside Estates on Feb. 3.

DEC: Twin Lakes oil spill close to clean

By this time next week, the yellow and white booms that have surrounded a storm drain in Twin Lakes since the beginning of the month… Continue reading

Oil booms and absorbent pads are deployed at Twin Lakes downhill from an home heating oil tank failure in Mountainside Estates on Feb. 3.
Businessman Donald Trump, center, speaks as  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left and Ted Cruz, R-Texas look on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston on Thursday.

Anxious to slow Trump, both Rubio and Cruz go after him

HOUSTON — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz barreled into Thursday’s Republican debate eager to seize one last chance to slow Donald Trump’s before next week’s… Continue reading

Businessman Donald Trump, center, speaks as  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left and Ted Cruz, R-Texas look on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston on Thursday.

Nevada gov withdraws from high court vacancy

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday he is not interested in being considered for the Supreme Court vacancy — a decision that… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2016
  • By MICHELLE RINDELS and MARY CLARE JALONICK
  • Nation-World

Mumbai sets no-selfie zones as deaths linked to selfies rise

MUMBAI, India — Look around in any major Indian city, and you will find someone with an arm outstretched, mobile phone in hand, smiling widely… Continue reading

In this Feb. 22 photo, vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. waves to supporters during his campaign sortie in Muntinlupa city, southeast of Manila, Philippines.

30 years after Marcos’ fall, his son aims for No. 2 job

MANILA, Philippines — Three decades after a “people power” revolt ousted his dictator father, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was wooing voters on the campaign trail… Continue reading

In this Feb. 22 photo, vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. waves to supporters during his campaign sortie in Muntinlupa city, southeast of Manila, Philippines.

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