Two amendments to the marijuana crime bill were brought to senators right before the floor session began, forcing a delay in hearing the measure. One amendment deals with marijuana concentrates; the other makes marijuana a non-controlled substance. 
Laurel Andrews
A married couple entered guilty pleas on Friday in Anchorage to sex trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that found they ran a prostitution ring in cities across Alaska. Amber Batts faces 10 years in prison.
Jerzy Shedlock
Alaskans have left behind an estimated $5.7 million in unclaimed refunds, according to the IRS. About half of the refunds are believed to be worth more than $795.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
A woman was killed in a Midtown Anchorage hit-and-run collision late Friday morning, Anchorage police said.
Megan Edge
The Anchorage House Majority Caucus on Thursday lambasted the Anchorage School District for its 2015-16 school year budget, calling it "irresponsible" and "shortsighted." On Friday, the Anchorage School Board fired back.  
Tegan Hanlon
As a result of her vote in the House against the budget, Eagle River Republican Lora Reinbold no longer belongs to any caucus, and she plans to use her independence to campaign on issues important to her.PoliticsPat Forgey
The Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday ruled against 13 Yup'ik Eskimo fishermen who challenged their convictions of illegal king salmon fishing on the Kuskokwim River during a poor run in 2012.Rural AlaskaRachel D'Oro | Associated Press
The United States should move swiftly to harness the tremendous oil and gas reserves locked under its Arctic waters while the industry improves the equipment used to drill wells and sop up spills, according to a government advisory committee report released Friday. EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Captain James Cook is thought of as an explorer of the South Seas, but a new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum focuses attention on his equally remarkable achievements in the north.CultureMike Dunham

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Refunds await tardy tax filers

Alaskans have left behind an estimated $5.7 million in unclaimed refunds, according to the IRS. About half of the refunds are believed to be worth more than $795.Jeannette Lee Falsey

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Rosemary McGuire has been an exchange student in Norway, attended Oxford, worked as a fish counter, commercial fisherman, research tech, tended bar in rural Alaska, shoveled snow, laid concrete, welded and taught English to immigrants. Plus, she's an expert canoeist and avid hiker. Oh, there's her well-received book of short stories.    Heather Lende