Signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker Monday, the bill creates a Marijuana Control Board that will spearhead the crafting of Alaska's marijuana regulations. The state is actively seeking resumes for the five-member volunteer board.
Laurel Andrews
The Anchorage Police Department said the victim of a Wednesday morning shooting was hospitalized with serious injuries. A suspect is in custody. 
Megan Edge
Two people escaped an early morning blaze in a South Anchorage duplex, but firefighters were unable to rescue a third resident, who perished in the fire.
Megan Edge
Ethan Berkowitz surged to victory with a big lead over Amy Demboski on Tuesday night in the runoff election for Anchorage mayor. With 98 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had about 59 percent of the vote to about 41 percent for Demboski.
Devin Kelly,Nathaniel Herz,Alex DeMarban
Faced with a cut in state funding of up to $30 million that could lead to a loss of hundreds of jobs at campuses across the state, University of Alaska officials continue to review options pending final action by the Legislature and governor. 
Dermot Cole
When accidents are narrowly averted at offshore oil and gas facilities, Uncle Sam wants to know about it. There’s a new avenue for the government to get those tips, via a confidential near-miss reporting system unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy
Even as river ice slowly melts in place, Alaska emergency managers and federal river experts are continuing a long tradition of monitoring for signs of ice jams and floods. WeatherLisa Demer
The family of five black bears captured and relocated after they foraged through garbage cans in Anchorage's Government Hill neighborhood briefly appeared Tuesday in Hope.WildlifeTegan Hanlon
Big four-day festivals in Cordova and Homer are timed to catch millions of birds pausing during their flights north to refuel before heading to their breeding grounds in western Alaska. OutdoorsMike Campbell

News & Politics

Judge tosses suit tied to widow of Alaska airman who died in C-17 crash

A federal judge has granted the state of Alaska's request to dismiss a lawsuit originally filed by the widow of an Alaska Air Guardsman who died in July 2010 during a demonstration for the Arctic Thunder Air Show.Jerzy Shedlock

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Adventure

See Nelchina, Macomb caribou herds near Alaska highways in springtime

Low snow conditions almost everywhere, except Denali Highway country, made winter easier than normal. Nelchina caribou travel far between their summer range in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains and their winter habitat near the Canadian border.  John Schandelmeier

Culture

The Anchorage Civic Orchestra rehearses under the direction of Philip Munger on Tuesday evening at the University of Alaska Anchorage in preparation for the annual Spring Concert on Saturday evening.
Mike Dunham

Arctic

Up to 500 reindeer in Finland killed annually by trains; no fences planned

Reindeer herders want the state-owned railway to build fences to protect the animals, but the Finnish Transport Agency says the herders are responsible for erecting and maintaining fences. YLE News

Nation/World

  • A train carrying highly flammable crude oil derailed and erupted into flames Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of a small town in North Dakota, according to local and federal officials. The fire was the latest in a string of accidents and explosions involving oil trains in recent years. It occurred less than a week after the federal government outlined its plans to improve the safety of highly hazardous train traffic.

  • An Afghan judge Wednesday sentenced four men to death for the mob killing of a woman who had been falsely accused of burning a Quran, but he also released many of the 49 defendants in the case and delayed verdicts for 19 police officers who had been charged.

We Alaskans

Released by Algonqin Books just last week, Heather Lende's "Find The Good"  has already found a spot on the Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction. 
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