UA president to speak at lunch lecture

University of Alaska president Jim Johnsen will be the featured speaker at this week’s Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.Johnsen is scheduled to discuss the university’s… Continue reading

Police & fire for Thursday, April 28, 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

U.S. Senate committee moves icebreaker measure

The U.S. Senate’s commerce, science and transportation committee has approved an amendment that allots $150 million for a new heavy polar icebreaker.The amendment, offered by… Continue reading

Flags lowered for former Nome judge

Gov. Bill Walker has ordered state flags lowered in honor of former Superior Court Judge Ben Esch, who died Monday of leukemia.The announcement was made… Continue reading

Federal officials end plans for Alaska island feral cattle

KODIAK — Federal wildlife managers say efforts to remove a herd of more than 2,000 feral cattle on Chirikof Island that have long gone without… Continue reading

A foundation is compacted for an area to hold new tennis courts in Cope Park on Wednesday. The park is closed while the area is being remodeled with play equipment and a new picnic area. A new water main running through the park is also being installed.

Photo: Cope Park remodeling

A foundation is compacted for an area to hold new tennis courts in Cope Park on Wednesday. The park is closed while the area is… Continue reading

A foundation is compacted for an area to hold new tennis courts in Cope Park on Wednesday. The park is closed while the area is being remodeled with play equipment and a new picnic area. A new water main running through the park is also being installed.

Up to $10,000 in medical grants available for Alaska children

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is accepting grant applications from Alaska families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care… Continue reading

Free ice cream at Coppa on Saturday

It’s Free Ice Cream Day this Saturday, April 30, at Coppa’s downtown store from noon-5 p.m. Coppa will give out its handmade ice cream as… Continue reading

Around Town

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.English as a Second Language, 9-10:15 a.m., Gruening Park Learning Connection, 1800 Northwood Dr. Free eight… Continue reading

Fairbanks officials veto effort to rename prominent road

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks City Council has shot down an attempt by the Fairbanks North Star Borough to rename a prominent downtown road.The Council decided… Continue reading

FILE - This July 24,1997 file photo a plastic casting of the skull from the bones known as Kennewick Man, is shown in in Richland, Wash. A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of the Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which he descended. The bipartisan bill was introduced Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. James Inhofe. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American

SPOKANE, Wash. — The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday,… Continue reading

FILE - This July 24,1997 file photo a plastic casting of the skull from the bones known as Kennewick Man, is shown in in Richland, Wash. A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of the Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which he descended. The bipartisan bill was introduced Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. James Inhofe. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

Wildfire season expected to be less severe

DENVER — The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles… Continue reading

Fed keeps key rate unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided… Continue reading

McDonald’s tests McNuggets without artificial additives

NEW YORK — Like the indestructible Twinkie, Chicken McNuggets are practically a culinary punchline, a symbol of hyper-processed fast food with a list of ingredients… Continue reading

Math scores slip, reading flat for nation’s 12th-graders

WASHINGTON — The nation’s high school seniors are slipping in math and failing to make progress in reading, with just one-third of the 12th graders… Continue reading

ID of woman found near murder site stirs mystery

LOS ANGELES — The identification of a 19-year-old Canadian woman found savagely stabbed to death in Los Angeles in 1969 has brought some closure to… Continue reading

Terror suspect Abdeslam extradited, charged in France

PARIS — The lone known surviving suspect in the Paris attacks was returned Wednesday to the city where Islamic State extremists unleashed a night of… Continue reading

Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

BEIRUT — A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two… Continue reading

Cruz taps Fiorina to serve as running mate

INDIANAPOLIS — In need of momentum after a five-state shutout, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina — a… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown

WASHINGTON — Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepared Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)