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State government shutdown could close Alaska fisheries

If Alaska state leaders can’t resolve an impasse over the budget, large swaths of state government will shut down in July. That could include Alaska’s lucrative summer salmon fisheries, which is causing concern across coastal communities.
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Thousands of lightning strikes spark more than a dozen wildfires in Northwest Alaska

A spokesperson for the state Division of Forestry said there are several communities in close proximity to new fires.
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Amid cyberattacks, Alaska’s top cybersecurity official quietly left his job

Mark Breunig now works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His departure came as the state spent nearly $500,000 to address a cyberattack on the Department of Health and Social Services.

At least 1 dead and 99 unaccounted for after a 12-story building in Florida partially collapses

The building near Miami was occupied at the time of collapse. Authorities say rescuers have so far helped evacuate at least 35 people who were trapped inside.

Juneau’s avalanche history is locked up in the region’s trees

The avalanche path itself doesn’t have trees, just a tangle of alder and other bright green spring bushes. But there are trees along its edge, and Erich Peitzsch with the U.S. Geological Survey is visiting from Montana to collect data from those trees.

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Supreme Court rules cheerleader’s F-bombs are protected by the 1st Amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with students on Wednesday, ruling that a former cheerleader's online F-bombs about her school is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Indian Affairs promised to reform tribal jails. NPR found death, neglect and disrepair

At least 19 men and women have died since 2016 in tribal detention centers overseen by the Interior Department's Bureau of...

There’s a stark red-blue divide when it comes to states’ vaccination rates

Surveys have shown Trump supporters are the least likely to say they have been vaccinated or plan to be.

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Above: The number of Alaskans struggling with substance abuse and addiction has grown over the last year, and all too often treatment options were either shut down or not available nearby. A new recovery center that opened in the Mat-Su Borough in November is giving people the tools they need to get back on their feet. Alaska Public Media’s Adelyn Baxter has the story.

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