Anchorage police say at least one person died in a fiery crash in Eagle River on Wednesday evening.
Tegan Hanlon
The murder trial against 28-year-old Korakanh Phornsavanh, who stands accused of shooting another man to death in October 2012 in front of the now-shuttered Platinum Jaxx nightclub, started Wednesday in Anchorage.
Jerzy Shedlock
The woman, whom DOC officials have not named, died on Saturday. She was the second inmate at the Anchorage jail to die in a three-day span. DOC officials didn't confirm her death until four days later. 
Michelle Theriault Boots
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront Wednesday before meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that his position against Arctic offshore oil drilling could hurt Alaska's economy.
Phuong Le | Associated Press
A 25-year-old Anchorage man was booked at the Anchorage jail early Wednesday after fleeing the scene of a collision that left his pregnant wife hospitalized as well as two children riding in the other vehicle, police said.
Megan Edge
King Harald V of Norway concluded his state visit to Washington and Alaska on Wednesday in Anchorage by stressing his message of concern over warming in the Arctic. ArcticMike Dunham
The Republican-led House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning unveiled an offer to Democrats that seeks to break the Alaska Legislature’s budget stalemate by spending more for education and state workers, but ignores Medicaid expansion.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has shut down operating rooms in Anchorage amid ventilation concerns and a fix to the problem is likely months away.HealthTegan Hanlon
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a new regulation Wednesday that defines the scope of federal oversight of waters, to a chorus of Alaska lawmakers and industry groups calling it an egregious federal overreach. EnvironmentErica Martinson

News & Politics

3 rescued after plane runs out of fuel, crashes in Lake Clark area

Three men walked away unharmed from a plane crash northwest of Port Alsworth Tuesday after their aircraft ran out of fuel mid-flight. “We carefully gassed up for 90 miles,” said one passenger on the plane. “And we had 110 to go.”Michelle Theriault Boots

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Rep. Kito: Without negotiations, House Majority's new 'compromise' rings hollow

OPINION: The Alaska Senate needs to willingly participate in negotiations with the House Majority and the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition to fully fund Alaska’s budget. The latest budget manipulation could Rep. Sam Kito III

Adventure

Wind-battered Mount McKinley keeping climbers short of summit

A Denali National Park and Preserve field report issued Wednesday said there were 429 climbers on the mountain and another 112 who have finished climbing. Only Lonnie Dupre had reached the top, and his record-setting climb happened in January.  Mike Campbell

Sports

South girls, Colony boys begin defense of Alaska soccer crowns Thursday

A random draw determined first-round pairings for this week's state high school soccer tournament, a process that put all three Anchorage girls' teams on the same side of the bracket.Alaska Dispatch News

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We Alaskans

Dad's D-Day shoes

During World War II, Dad saved two lives when the destroyer he was serving on hit a mine and sank in the English Channel. He earned a Bronze Star for bravery in action, but his bad luck with ships never really waned. Pete Garay