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The Republican-controlled House is poised to strip funding to expand the Medicaid health insurance program from Gov. Bill Walker’s budget, the first shot in what’s expected to be a contentious debate over one of Walker’s central campaign planks.
Nathaniel Herz
A two-year, $400,000 study aims to determine if posters warning women against drinking while pregnant work better when stuck on pregnancy test dispensers or simply framed on the wall.
Tegan Hanlon
A House committee Thursday approved a plan to cut the Legislature’s spending by 1.7 percent, well short of the reductions proposed by Gov. Bill Walker to state agency budgets under his control.
Nathaniel Herz
A cargo ship has been permitted to leave Dutch Harbor after posting a $500,000 bond and agreeing to leave some its crew behind Thursday following a two-week detention for an environmental crimes investigation by the Coast Guard.
Tegan Hanlon
The police were called in to check out Mariano Gonzales' solo art show, his first at the Anchorage Museum in 25 years, before it was allowed to open. The longtime Alaska artist is no stranger to controversy and innovation.ArtsMike Dunham
The southern Seward Peninsula was under a winter storm warning expected to usher in blizzard conditions and deliver up to a foot of snow to White Mountain and Golovin, with less-severe conditions farther east, according to the National Weather Service.  SportsMike Campbell
Some Highly Informed questions about marijuana laws in Alaska simply lead to more questions.Highly InformedScott Woodham
OPINION: Alaska can work with allies in other Western states to win more control over lands held in trust for us by Uncle Sam.CommentaryMead Treadwell

News & Politics

Man charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into Anchorage jail

A 28-year-old man accused of attempting to smuggle drugs over the fence and then fleeing from the scene at the Anchorage Correctional Complex is facing multiple charges. Megan Edge

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Culture

Anchorage artist Mariano Gonzales’ solo show involves innovation, technology -- and controversy

The police were called in to check out Mariano Gonzales' solo art show, his first at the Anchorage Museum in 25 years, before it was allowed to open. The longtime Alaska artist is no stranger to controversy and innovation.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Application for Russia’s Arctic shelf claim out for bid

The government is seeking to hire experts to flesh out Russia's claim to more Arctic territory and present a convincing case to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer

Nation/World

  • Oil and gas companies hoping to drill in the Atlantic Ocean will have to contend with a new federal proposal to declare waters off the Carolinas and Georgia as critical for endangered whales.

  • President Barack Obama’s administration has proposed banning the manufacture and sale of one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, a move that has enraged gun rights advocates and caused a run on the ammunition at gun shops across the country.

We Alaskans

Being female among fishermen: An unwelcome reminder on the docks

In cornering me on the dock, Carl effectively cracked that measuring stick over his knee and forced me to remember that in a society where gender, power and violence are all connected, even the strongest fisherman’s vulnerability is never quite as distant as she’d like to imagine.Tele Aadsen