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By Jessica Ridgway and Channel 2 News | April 26, 2013
Today, Friday April 26, is the last day to submit a comment to the Federal Drug Administration regarding the approval of genetically-modified (GM) salmon. Local representatives and many Alaska organizations, including United Fisherman of Alaska, met with the FDA to express Alaskans' concerns of allowing the sale of genetically-modified salmon, or what critics refer to as "Frankenfish," in the United States. Last week, Sitka-based grocery store Sea Mart Quality Foods and Market Center said they will be joining over 2,000 grocery stores nationwide in pledging not to sell the GM salmon in their stores.
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By Corey Allen-Young | April 24, 2013
As part of a mission to lower Alaska's high rate of domestic violence and sexual assault, Alaskans are using a national prevention program called Green Dot to reach that goal and think outside the box. Imagine seeing a map with a lot of red dots on them that represent domestic violence and sexual assaults that happen here in Alaska every single day -- then imagine those red dots are replaced by green dots that represent people coming up with solutions...
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By Corey Allen-Young and Channel 2 News | April 19, 2013
Although a suspect in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings is in custody Friday, Alaskans who participated in the race are still sorting through their emotions -- and for some, they hit pretty close to home. For Alaskan runners Michael Wheatall and Andy Holland, Monday's marathon was more than just a great race. It brought them closer to their family members who live in the areas where the tragedy unfolded. It's a day Wheatall, 52, will never forget. “My wife and my daughter were both on top of the spot where each of those bombs went off earlier in the day,” Wheatall said.
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By Mike Ross and Channel 2 News | April 19, 2013
Two Boston Marathon runners, one from Alaska and the other from New England, who were brought together during the turmoil in Boston on Monday had a happy reunion Thursday night. Brent Cunningham of Sitka had just finished the Boston Marathon when he and his wife tried to console a young woman who was blocked from reaching the finish line because of the explosions. Cunningham gave his marathon medal to Laura Wellington of Cambridge, MA. who was sitting on a bench and crying after several tense minutes of not knowing whether her family was safe.
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By Corey Allen-Young and Channel 2 News | April 18, 2013
A group of Alaskans want to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell's new oil tax legislation, calling it a massive giveaway of Alaska's resources. The move continues a debate on what should be done to improve the state's oil and gas industry. Parnell says the new tax regulations approved by the state Legislature make Alaska much more competitive when it comes to oil development -- but a group called Vote Yes, Repeal The Giveaway says they're bad business and will actually hurt Alaskans. “If we let Senate Bill 21 stand, it will lead to the biggest crash in this state's economy we've ever seen -- it will make (the oil price crash in)
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | April 17, 2013
In the wake of the twin Monday blasts that rocked the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 100, a small act of kindness by an Alaskan is getting a big response on the Internet. According to a Tuesday post on runner Laura Wellington's Facebook page, she was about half a mile from completing the marathon when the explosions at the finish line -- where she was planning to meet with her family -- caused police to divert her away from the area. Distraught, Wellington walked along Massachusetts Avenue, trying to reach her loved ones by cellphone.
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By NBC News & Jessica Ridgway and Channel 2 News | April 16, 2013
Three people have been reported dead, the youngest victim being an eight-year-old boy, and more than 170 people were injured Monday at the Boston Marathon after two explosions occurred at the finish line. NBC's Chris Pollone reported from Boston Tuesday morning, saying federal, state, and local investigators are still searching for clues to solve who planted the two explosive devices. Pollone reports that the FBI is leading the investigation and evidence collection teams have been brought in from New York.
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By Adam Pinsker and Channel 2 News | April 10, 2013
With just five days remaining in the session, the House Finance Committee spent much of Tuesday evening debating Senate Bill 21, Governor Sean Parnell's plan to overhaul oil taxes.  Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) was enacted in 2007, under the Palin Administration.  But in the years since, some say ACES has done little to increase oil production in Alaska. "This slowdown is not good for an industry recognized as Alaska's lifeblood,” said Ben Mohr of Eagle River.
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | April 10, 2013
The state Senate has passed a dramatically modified House bill meant to protect Alaskans' Second Amendment rights, allowing the state to defend citizens accused of violating future federal gun laws -- as well as state law enforcement officers blocking their implementation. According to the Associated Press, the version of House Bill 69 that passed 17-3 Wednesday is far different from that first introduced by House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski), which earlier passed the House.
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By Garrett Turner and Channel 2 News | April 9, 2013
It may not look like it, but Alaska farmers are just weeks away from getting to work. According to the USDA, Alaskans spent $1.5 billion on food in 2007, but less than 5 percent was from locally grown products. "That's real money and right now Alaskan agriculture producers are really not tapping in to much of that," Palmer-area farmer Arthur Keyes said. "There's a tremendous potential to feed Alaskans and we have some of the best agriculture crops in the world that are grown right here.
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