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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Judge strikes down law restricting Medicaid-funded abortions

The Alaska Superior Court today struck down a state law that would have limited Medicaid coverage of abortions for low-income women. The judge found the law, which imposes a strict definition of “medically necessary abortion” violates the equal protection guarantees of Alaska’s constitution.

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August 27, 2015
Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’

Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’

Xtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia.

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August 26, 2015
Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran ‘Eskimo Joe’

Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran ‘Eskimo Joe’

Earlier this month, 49-year-old Joseph Murphy died at Juneau’s prison 12 hours after being booked on noncriminal charges. Among other things, Murphy was an Iraq War veteran. His squad commander says it changed him forever.

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August 25, 2015
Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees

Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees

Classes in Juneau are just starting on Thursday, but some high school activities have been underway for weeks. This school year, the district has drastically cut funding for activities and athletics, leaving some parents paying hundreds of dollars more for their kid to participate.

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August 24, 2015
AK: Saving a life by leaving it behind

AK: Saving a life by leaving it behind

It’s been a year since Juneau resident Jennifer Fletcher started to publicly present herself as a woman, less than two years since she first started to shed her male identity and rebuild herself as female. But the inner journey to get to that point started long before then.

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August 21, 2015

Juneau Man Held On Non-Criminal Charges, Dies In Correctional Facility

A Juneau man died at Lemon Creek Correctional Center Friday morning, about 12 hours after he was brought in. Forty-nine-year-old Joseph Murphy was booked at the prison around 7 p.m. Thursday night and was being held on non-criminal charges.

August 17, 2015
University of Alaska defines consent in new student code of conduct

University of Alaska defines consent in new student code of conduct

The University of Alaska system has defined “consent” for the first time when it comes to sexual misconduct terminology. The definition is in the university’s new student code of conduct, which is the basis of university disciplinary proceedings. One expert calls the definition good, but thinks it could go further.

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August 13, 2015
Rookery’s Beau Schooler wins national seafood competition

Rookery’s Beau Schooler wins national seafood competition

Juneau chef Beau Schooler was crowned “Best Seafood Chef” at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off this weekend in New Orleans. He was one of 12 competing chefs from all over the country. He won with a dish that only had one main ingredient – Alaska wild salmon.

August 13, 2015
Why SEARHC thinks paying for 8 weeks of parental leave will save money

Why SEARHC thinks paying for 8 weeks of parental leave will save money

A Southeast health provider has adopted what may be the most progressive parental leave policy in Alaska. At least two experts say they don’t know of another employer in the state with a comparable benefit.

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August 11, 2015
Why SEARHC thinks paying for 8 weeks of parental leave will save money

Why SEARHC thinks paying for 8 weeks of parental leave will save money

A Southeast health provider has adopted what may be the most progressive parental leave policy in Alaska. At least two experts say they don’t know of another employer in the state with a comparable benefit. The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s isn’t as far-reaching as Netflix’s new 1-year paid leave policy, but it may start a trend.

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August 10, 2015
Juneau swimmers bring home gold from Special Olympics World Games

Juneau swimmers bring home gold from Special Olympics World Games

Two Juneau swimmers returned from the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles with five medals. CJ Umbs and Christine Quick competed alongside 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.

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August 7, 2015
Ishmael Hope recrafts a family tale in “Never Alone” follow-up

Ishmael Hope recrafts a family tale in “Never Alone” follow-up

With “Never Alone,” Cook Inlet Tribal Council and game developers combined indigenous storytelling with video gaming in a way that appealed to mass markets. Its success has led to the follow up “Never Alone: Foxtales,” released on July 28. Juneau writer Ishmael Hope relied on his uncles, Alaska Native elders from Kotzebue, to write the game’s narrative.

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August 6, 2015
15-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor Honored By Coast Guard

15-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor Honored By Coast Guard

The 15-year-old survivor of a plane crash near Juneau was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday for helping to save the other three passengers despite his own injuries.

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July 31, 2015

Instrument data ‘another piece of the puzzle’ in fatal plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the fatal plane crash that occurred 18 miles west of Juneau on July 17.

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July 30, 2015
On Love, Adoption and Raising 3 Kids With FASD

On Love, Adoption and Raising 3 Kids With FASD

Not many people wish to raise a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. Diane Lohrey is no different. But when she and her husband adopted three children, all later diagnosed with an FASD, they accepted the hardships and the rewards.

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July 29, 2015
Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

“Teacher training” usually means spending time in a library with textbooks and PowerPoints. But for 13 Alaska educators last week, it meant hopping on a helicopter, donning crampons and toting an ice ax on top of the Mendenhall Glacier as part of Discovery Southeast’s Teacher Expedition. I was invited to tag along.

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July 28, 2015
Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has asked the state’s Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai to resign. Claire Richardson is special assistant to Mallott. She says they accepted Fenumiai’s resignation on Friday.

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July 27, 2015
Man arrested for threatening calls to Arizona schools similar to Alaska’s

Man arrested for threatening calls to Arizona schools similar to Alaska’s

A New York man was arrested last week for making threatening phone calls to Arizona schools that were motivated by online gaming on an Xbox, authorities say. Details of the calls sound similar to ones made to Alaska schools, though the FBI says the arrest hasn’t been connected.

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July 23, 2015
NTSB investigates ‘man, machine, environment’ in Friday’s plane crash near Juneau

NTSB investigates ‘man, machine, environment’ in Friday’s plane crash near Juneau

Wreckage of a plane that went down Friday afternoon 18 miles west of Juneau was being picked up Sunday for further investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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July 20, 2015
Video: U.S. Coast Guard, partners rescue Wings airplane crash survivors

Video: U.S. Coast Guard, partners rescue Wings airplane crash survivors

A Wings of Alaska Cessna 207 flying from Juneau to Hoonah crashed into a side of a mountain Friday afternoon, killing the pilot. The U.S. Coast Guard, Juneau Mountain Rescue, Alaska State Troopers and Temsco Helicopters coordinated efforts to rescue the four surviving passengers. In this video, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lowers rescue personnel to the site of the plane crash and hoists survivors for transport to medical care.

July 20, 2015