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
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 called the 2015-16 Anchorage School District budget "irresponsible" and "shortsighted," but superintendent Ed Graff said the budget is based on current statute and will be adjusted if education funding cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Walker are passed.
Tegan Hanlon
A senator from Wasilla removed from the budget all state funding for public broadcasting Thursday, and efforts by a Juneau senator to restore some money failed.
Nathaniel Herz
A Wasilla lawmaker has introduced legislation that would write into law a parent’s right to withdraw a child from state standardized exams, but education officials say too many withdrawals could lower school ratings, and legalizing refusals could harm federal funding. 
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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Neighbors worry over privacy after report of drone following kids in Eagle River

A man flying his drone caused quite a stir among residents of one Eagle River neighborhood this week after police received reports that the device had been spotted following children.Sean Doogan

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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