The Senate passed a bill Friday to give President Barack Obama authority to negotiate a trade deal that Alaska's senators hope will be a boon to the state's growing export market. 
Erica Martinson
The Defense Department announced plans Friday to site a new Long Range Discrimination Radar system to improve targeting for ballistic missile defense at Clear Air Force Station. 
Erica Martinson
An array of Northwest rivers, including the Koyuk, Ungalik, Inglutalik, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet and Golsovia, will close to sport and subsistence fishing June 8.
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Joe Hannan told city staff on Tuesday that he plans to resign as of Sept. 1.
Zaz Hollander
Heading into the woods this weekend? Fire officials say it's crucial to be a cautious camper. 
Megan Edge
A unique gift of land will preserve one of the most important Dena’ina Athabascan settlements along the western shore of Cook Inlet near Tyonek.CultureZaz Hollander
Over Memorial Day weekend last year, thousands watched nervously as the Funny River Fire burned its way through the Kenai Peninsula. Though the human impacts were ultimately minimal, emergency responders say they learned plenty of lessons about modern-day disaster response.KenaiMegan Edge
Unprecedented flooding continues to interfere with daily operations on the North Slope oil patch after surging waters wiped away swaths of the Dalton Highway and isolated a section of Deadhorse.EnvironmentAlex DeMarban
The fossil of a bizarre shark with a "buzz saw" bite, found in the Brooks Range and lost for 29 years in the Smithsonian archives, is back in Alaska for an exhibit in Seward, thanks in part to the intervention of artist Ray Troll. CultureMike Dunham

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US Senate passes major international trade bill

The Senate passed a bill Friday to give President Barack Obama authority to negotiate a trade deal that Alaska's senators hope will be a boon to the state's growing export market. Erica Martinson

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