A court-ordered search of Anchorage municipal records turned up nothing to indicate that Dan Coffey, the candidate for mayor, played a role in drafting the city's controversial labor ordinance, AO-37.
Devin Kelly
The first bill that reaches the governor's desk is destined to be the first one he will veto, Gov. Bill Walker told Commonwealth North in Anchorage on Wednesday. And if Medicaid expansion fails to be addressed by the Legislature, he's thinking of calling a special session.
Alex DeMarban,Dermot Cole
The drug seizure has resulted in a single federal charge against John Albert Honeycutt Jr., who investigators say told them the 4-pound package of marijuana was intended for personal use.
Jerzy Shedlock
The most recent campaign finance reports show Anchorage mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz raised more than his three main opponents combined in March.
Devin Kelly
A Republican-controlled House committee Tuesday night easily moved forward Gov. Bill Walker's bill to expand the public Medicaid health program -- but the measure still has many more steps to go through before it reaches Walker's desk.
Nathaniel Herz
Lawmakers are looking to cut funding for a popular $180,000 program that supports schools, farmers and healthier eating in Alaska. But there's hope the federal government will help it survive at least another year.EducationAlex DeMarban
With personal-use growing now allowed to Alaskans over 21, and since not everyone has a green thumb, a reader wonders if there would be any problems in starting a business to coach home growers.Highly InformedScott Woodham
The Alaska Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday proposed to cancel annual cost-of-living increases for state employees, a measure designed to help close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit by shaving $30 million from unrestricted general fund spending next year and $57 million in total. PoliticsNathaniel Herz
A series of new studies indicates polar bear diets are changing to include land-based foods as sea ice diminishes -- but those foods aren't abundant enough, nor of the right kind, to sustain the bears.ScienceYereth Rosen

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Climate change poses an opportunity to improve Alaska's political process

OPINION: Climate change threatens all Alaskans. To confront it, we need to change our political climate in a way that allows us to recognize what we have in common. We’re not going to address climate change by adhering to the status quo and blaming the other side.Barae Hirsch

Adventure

Biting lake trout, racing dogs, returning swans all signs of an Alaska spring

April is one of the best months to be outdoors in Alaska.  Forty degrees in April feels like 70 in September. Get out on the lakes and catch a fish. Go for a drive and see which birds are arriving.   Drive to Arctic Man and watch the snowmobilers go nuts.John Schandelmeier

Culture

Alaska Native ivory sculpting experts Clifford Apatiki, Jerome Saclamana and Levi Tetpon are at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum for a week-long ivory carving residency. The carvers are mentoring UAA students Mary John and Zach Lane. Museum visitors will be able to observe the carvers on April 2-3 from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Bob Hallinen

Arctic

Land-based food won't sustain polar bears in a low-ice Arctic, study says

A series of new studies indicates polar bear diets are changing to include land-based foods as sea ice diminishes -- but those foods aren't abundant enough, nor of the right kind, to sustain the bears.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • As the nuclear negotiations dragged into overtime here Tuesday, some uniquely American and Iranian political sensitivities were permeating the marathon negotiating sessions, leading many to wonder whether two countries that have barely spoken for 35 years are just not ready to overcome old suspicions.

  • A number of Atlanta educators were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a public schools cheating scandal, bringing a close to a half-decade drama that tarnished a major school district’s reputation and raised questions nationwide about the wisdom of pushing educators to improve students’ standardized test scores.