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Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named retired Army colonel Laurie Hummel as adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Laurel Andrews
Superior Court Judge Jack Smith handed down a 40-year sentence Friday against Terence Gray, 33, exceeding the typical jail term of 20 to 30 years for second-degree murder convictions.
Jerzy Shedlock
U.S. Marshals said they arrested 38-year-old Fairbanks fugitive Michael Bracht following a standoff in Tok early Friday morning.
Megan Edge
Despite low oil prices, and spending cuts elsewhere within the company, Royal Dutch Shell says it intends to drill in its Chukchi Sea leases in 2015.
Alex DeMarban,Yereth Rosen
ConocoPhillips said Thursday it will delay a decision on spending $900 million on a project in the Greater Moose's Tooth Unit 1, a project that would lead to the first oil produced from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Alex DeMarban
Visit Juneau. See the sights, including the Alaska state Legislature.TravelScott McMurren
Legislators reviewing the state’s efforts to combat fetal alcohol syndrome got new details Thursday about a high-profile, state-funded academic study involving free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms that’s expected to begin next month.HealthNathaniel Herz
For four consecutive days this week, Anchorage residents woke up to news of local shootings resulting in deaths or injury. Shootings throughout the month have put the city on edge, and police say they’re using every resource available to solve the crimes.Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock

News & Politics

Walker names Hummel as adjutant general of Alaska National Guard

Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named retired Army colonel Laurie Hummel as adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.Laurel Andrews

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Sports

Dimond-West skates past Service-East

Dimond-West and the Arctic Bears Dark of Fairbanks skated to girls hockey wins Thursday at Dempsey Anderson Arena.Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Cello on his back, Dane Johansen treks across Spain, performing Bach along the way

Fairbanks-born cellist Dane Johansen, who performs with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra this weekend, spent last summer walking across Spain and performing Bach suites in ancient churches while a film crew followed him to create a documentary.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Arctic policy commission to submit report to Alaska Legislature

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is expected to submit its final report to the Legislature on Friday. Companion bills introduced in both houses identify four areas of focus: economic and resource development, infrastructure, health communities and a state-based agenda for science and research.Associated Press

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Recalling deadly 130-foot tsunami created by 8.1 quake in the Aleutians

Altogether, the 1946 tsunami killed 159 people in Hawaii, drowned a swimmer in Santa Cruz, banged up fishing boats in Chile and wrecked a hut on Antarctica. The curve of the Aleutians protected much of Alaska, but the five at Scotch Cap had no chance.Ned Rozell