A state judge said Friday that Gov. Bill Walker’s administration could expand the Medicaid health care program beginning next week, dismissing a request by the Legislature to temporarily block enrollment while attorneys argue lawmakers’ underlying legal challenge.
The state's Elections Division has issued petition booklets for an initiative that aims to make applications for Permanent Fund dividends double as voter registration forms, clearing the way for signature gathering to begin.
A fire at Motor Rage Auto Sales in Meadow Lakes, near Wasilla, brought out a massive response by emergency responders Friday afternoon, said emergency officials on the scene. No injuries were reported.
Gov. Bill Walker will fly to Washington, D.C., Sunday so that he can fly back to Anchorage on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for the president's visit to Alaska, according to Walker’s office.President Obama in AlaskaAlex DeMarban,Erica Martinson
A large, fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuations and destroyed two homes and a library in the Kodiak Island village of Chiniak appeared to have calmed down by late Friday as residents returned home and firefighters continued to tackle hot spots.Alaska NewsTegan Hanlon,Megan Edge
OPINION: It is a surprise that Frank Gerjevic would expose his prejudice against Republicans so transparently. His commentary, printed Aug. 20, was especially offensive to me on several levels.Frank McQueary
While the prospect of a trip to see thousands of walruses charging Alaska’s northwest coastline in Point Lay may sound exciting, federal officials are reiterating that people who do visit could end up breaking the law.Kamala Kelkar
Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.
Police arrested several people believed to be part of a human smuggling operation in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants who likely suffocated in a refrigerated truck found abandoned on Austria's main highway.