The Alaska state Senate passed a marijuana crime bill without a proposed amendment that would have made marijuana concentrates illegal in 2017.
Laurel Andrews
A Kodiak senator has introduced legislation to allow federally recognized tribal governments in the state to receive contributions from Alaskans' Permanent Fund dividends.
Associated Press
The federal estimate of the number of beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet increased slightly in 2014, but researchers conclude the population remains in danger of extinction.
Dan Joling
Anchorage Police Department Lt. Anthony Henry has been given a termination notice and is currently on paid leave from the department, according to his attorney.
Sean Doogan
A season of danger on the Kuskokwim ice road and its branches isn’t over yet.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
Maine lies some 1,500 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but it has strong connections to the Arctic -- and is hoping to play a bigger role in the region.ArcticAlaska Dispatch News
Ten weeks into the 13-week session, some legislators are still wrestling with the names of their colleagues, from Millett to Wielechowski to Vazquez.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
OPINION: More wolves would be nice, but the real purpose of Denali buffer zone is to maintain packs that people can actually see and hear.CommentaryVic Van Ballenberghe

News & Politics

How a convicted rapist escaped the Anchorage jail and roamed the city for 3 hours

With a history of convictions for sexually terrorizing strangers, Kevin Tuckfield was considered so dangerous he was required to have a two-guard escort every time he left his cell at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. So how did he become the first person in the jail's history to successfully escape?   Michelle Theriault Boots

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2 Alaskans win national hockey titles; Team Alaska falls in title game

Alaskans Clair DeGeorge and Avery Dunn helped the Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minnesota) 16-and-under girls win a Tier I national hockey championship Monday, when Team Alaska lost in the title game of the Tier II 16-and-under tournament.Alaska Dispatch News

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Review: Chorus trumps noisy crowd in Anchorage Symphony's glorious Beethoven's 9th

Crying babies and rude adults disrupted the audience, and maybe the musicians, at the Anchorage Symphony's performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, but a big chorus overrode the commotion and brought the work to a glorious close.Mike Dunham

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Could Maine become the nation's second 'Arctic' state?

Maine lies some 1,500 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but it has strong connections to the Arctic -- and is hoping to play a bigger role in the region.Alaska Dispatch News

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