An appeals court panel has upheld a decision that dismissed as premature a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine.
Associated Press
The 30-year-old woman from Bakersfield didn't show up for her shift Tuesday and caused an island-wide search that didn't conclude until late Wednesday morning, Alaska State Troopers said. 
Megan Edge
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a new regulation Wednesday that defines the scope of federal oversight of waters, to a chorus of Alaska lawmakers and industry groups calling it an egregious federal overreach. 
Erica Martinson
Anchorage police say at least one person died in a fiery crash in Eagle River on Wednesday evening.
Tegan Hanlon
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront Wednesday before meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that his position against Arctic offshore oil drilling could hurt Alaska's economy.
Phuong Le | Associated Press
When newborn animals are declared abandoned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, they sometimes end up at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. Then, says caretaker Sarah Howard, "we become mom." WildlifeMichelle Theriault Boots
King Harald V of Norway concluded his state visit to Washington and Alaska on Wednesday in Anchorage by stressing his message of concern over warming in the Arctic. ArcticMike Dunham
The Republican-led House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning unveiled an offer to Democrats that seeks to break the Alaska Legislature’s budget stalemate by spending more for education and state workers, but ignores Medicaid expansion.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has shut down operating rooms in Anchorage amid ventilation concerns and a fix to the problem is likely months away.HealthTegan Hanlon

News & Politics

Trial begins for man charged in fatal shooting outside Anchorage bar

The murder trial against 28-year-old Korakanh Phornsavanh, who stands accused of shooting another man to death in October 2012 in front of the now-shuttered Platinum Jaxx nightclub, started Wednesday in Anchorage.Jerzy Shedlock

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Rep. Kito: Without negotiations, House Majority's new 'compromise' rings hollow

OPINION: The Alaska Senate needs to willingly participate in negotiations with the House Majority and the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition to fully fund Alaska’s budget. The latest budget manipulation could Rep. Sam Kito III

Adventure

Wind-battered Mount McKinley keeping climbers short of summit

A Denali National Park and Preserve field report issued Wednesday said there were 429 climbers on the mountain and another 112 who have finished climbing. Only Lonnie Dupre had reached the top, and his record-setting climb happened in January.  Mike Campbell

Sports

South girls, Colony boys begin defense of Alaska soccer crowns Thursday

A random draw determined first-round pairings for this week's state high school soccer tournament, a process that put all three Anchorage girls' teams on the same side of the bracket.Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

First Nations representatives from British Columbia have joined Greenpeace's anti-drilling campaign. They say Chukchi drilling will ultimately create more environmental risks for their region. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

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We Alaskans

Dad's D-Day shoes

During World War II, Dad saved two lives when the destroyer he was serving on hit a mine and sank in the English Channel. He earned a Bronze Star for bravery in action, but his bad luck with ships never really waned. Pete Garay