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Palin names Schmidt as succession choice Alaska's Corrections commissioner is second in line to head state government behind Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell under a revised succession plan announced by Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin recently appointed Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt to succeed Parnell if the office of lieutenant governor becomes vacant.

Stimulus spending invested in volcanoes

Weeks after Mount Redoubt erupted in Alaska, the Interior Department is spending some of its first stimulus dollars to improve volcano monitoring. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on April 10 that the department will use $15.2 million to modernize volcano warning systems in one of its first projects to be funded by the stimulus measure.

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Parking Services holds photo contest UAA Parking Services is holding a photo contest, and the grand-prize winner will receive a 2008-2009 annual parking permit. Additional winners will receive semester parking permits. Parking Services seeks digital photos of a UAA landmark or building to be used in the design of the 08-09 UAA parking permit.

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UAF helps Alaskans battle against marine debris Alaska has a reputation for clean waters and pristine vistas. But fishing nets, rope, totes, six-pack rings, bottles, drums, and myriad other trash - much of it plastic - litter many of Alaska's shores. It's a vexing mess made by both humans and nature.

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UAA officials, community partners engage in 'active shooter' exercise to test response In response to the recent Virginia Tech shootings, officials of UAA, Alaska Pacific University, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Fire Department and the Municipality of Anchorage Office of Emergency Management gathered on June 20 for a 3-hour exercise to discuss the would-be response to an active shooter on UAA's campus.

News brief: University of Alaska planning multiple cuts, tuition increase in recent budget drafts

After two budget drafts released Thursday, President Jim Johnsen proposed ways of saving money for University of Alaska's next fiscal year, starting July 1....

USUAA shuffles leadership

In the wake of former USUAA President Andrew Lessig’s resignation, former Vice President Drew Lemish has taken over the position. Lemish explained the transition at a press conference on August 29th. Andrew Lessig had cited an inability to keep up with the demands of being USUAA president as a reason for stepping down.

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Technology does not help learning According to a federal study, going high-tech does not lead to higher math and reading scores. The study was released on the effectiveness of education technology for the Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, a form of research that's part of the Education Department.

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Solar design and homebuilding workshops target energy costs Upcoming workshops offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer ideas and techniques to help residents lower their home energy bills. Learn how to tap into the sun's energy at a solar design workshop offered Saturday by Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert.

The Edge Update: New police officers, unemployment drops and French presidential election

Last Thursday, 26 new officers graduated from the Anchorage Police Department Academy. Anchorage has had a rise in crime this year and APD has...

Flu hits Fairbanks schools; vaccinations will be offered

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District says more than 200 students have been absent with flu-like symptoms and there are at least 35 confirmed cases of swine flu. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the school district will provide shots to all students and staff when the vaccine arrives.

Weekly Buzz: October 8th, 2013

Get a quick rundown on these topics: Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab threatens more attacks in the future, Obama speaks by telephone to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Tropical storm Karen forms off the Gulf of Mexico, Road rage incident involving SUV and motorcycles leaves one man seriously injured, National Toy Hall of Fame, PFD day, Anchorage crime rate has risen, and Former Tatitlek Village president guilty of stealing money.

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UA Legislative Internship Program deadline nears The application deadline for the Alaska Universities Legislative Internship Program, beginning January 2009, is Thursday, October 2 at noon. For application packets and information, please contact the UAA Coordinator, Patrick Cunningham, School of Social Work, 106 Gordon Hartlieb Hall.

Nationwide Briefs

Calif. gay-marriage ban creates legal uncertainty Last week Californians passed a new ban on gay marriage, overturning a prior ruling by the California Supreme Court that allowed same-sex couples the right to wed. Legal experts said it is unclear whether an attempt by gay-rights activists to overturn the prohibition had any chance of success, and whether the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in California over the past four months are in any danger.

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Report finds governor abused power In a report released Friday by prosecutor Steve Branchflower, Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power by pushing for the firing of state trooper, Michael Wooten. Wooten is the ex-husband to Palin's sister. Subsequently, the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan was fired after several attempts to stonewall him into dismissing Wooten.

Crimes of the Week! February 10-16

Heard about a "mental subject" running around campus? How about that animal attack? Or even missing something? Do you suspect larceny...? Find out in...

Magistrate says no questioning FBI in hacking case

A federal magistrate judge has told defense attorneys they can't question FBI agents who scoured the laptop of a University of Tennessee student charged with improperly accessing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account. The Knoxville News-Sentinel said U.

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The Seawolf Auction Seawolf Auction is May 8 at Sheraton Support UAA student-athletes and bid on great items at the 21st Annual Seawolf Auction, scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel's Howard Rock Ballroom. Doors open for the silent auction and casual buffet at 6 p.

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TNL wins 7 awards in statewide competition The Northern Light's staff members took home seven awards from the Alaska Press Club's annual awards banquet April 21, including a third-place award for best weekly newspaper in Alaska. It is the second consecutive year the newspaper has placed in the best weekly newspaper category.

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Beluga's get another chance When the federal government placed the beluga whale on the endangered species list last week, it spurred criticism from both sides of the aisle. "This endangered listing could result in hugely expensive new requirements to Anchorage's wastewater treatment, which the EPA has long determined do not affect belugas," Mark Begich, Anchorage mayor, said in a written statement.

Fairbanks celebrates Arbor Day

An Arbor Day committee in Fairbanks planned to celebrate the event by planting 50 trees in honor of 50 years of Alaska Statehood. Arbor Day was May 18. The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee formed in 1983 and planted two birch trees at a transit station in downtown Fairbanks.

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Advisory committee to help UA president plan streamlined future UA President Mark Hamilton is calling on a campus-led advisory committee to help with streamlining and improving service at UA's System Office. The system office, which provides administrative and leadership support for the 16-campus UA system, was recently reviewed by external consultants Terry MacTaggart, who has extensive higher-education experience at numerous university systems in the lower 48 states; and Brian Rogers of Fairbanks, former chair of the Board of Regents and a previous UA vice president.

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Chancellor fills two administrative positions Chancellor Maimon has recently appointed Director of Facilities Maintenance Chris Turletes as interim associate vice chancellor of Facilities and Campus Services. Turletes will be involved with planning and construction activities and environmental health and safety/risk management.

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A last push to deregulate The Bush administration is working hard to enact a wide array of federal regulations before a new administration takes over in January and while Congress is not in session to veto. The regulations would weaken government rules that currently protect consumers and the environment.

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USUAA releases initiatives The Union of Students UAA recently passed a resolution to ask professors to help keep the cost of textbooks down. According to a report signed by student government president John Roberson III, he met with the Faculty Senate executive board to share ideas on how students and faculty can work together on textbook pricing.

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Alaska Day brings guests Join us on Oct. 18 for two very special Alaska Day events! Alaska 2058: The Next 50 Years. A panel of experts in various subjects will engage in a conversation about the future of our state. Based in Anchorage at the UAA campus, the panel discussion will be videoconferenced to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Southeast where audiences will be allowed to ask questions and discuss their own visions for the next 50 years.

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USUAA invites students to candidates' debate USUAA will hold a debate for the three presidential candidates Wednesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Den. Pizza will be provided, and students will have the opportunity to ask candidates about their platforms and ideas for the university in the next year.

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The UAA Student Union Gallery is accepting proposals for three small group or individual artist shows this summer. Summer gallery show dates are June 19-July 3, July 10-July 24 and July 31-Aug. 14. Applications can be picked up in the Campus Life Office in Student Union Room 208, or downloaded.

The Edge Update: Gov. Bill Walker, Rolling Stone and Brexit

Local news:Governor Bill Walker announced Friday that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, the governor says that the cancer is treatable and...

Bag tax proposed to fight Fairbanks trash

Fairbanks officials want to see more recycling and less trash. Mayor Jim Whitaker and Borough Assembly member Mike Musick have lined up a plan to pay people or groups who recycle paper, plastics, glass and other materials before they reach the landfill. Assembly member Nadine Winters wants to charge big chain stores, such as Fred Meyer and Wal-Mart, 5 cents for each disposable plastic bag given to customers.