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Oil companies and their allies spent as much as $170 for every vote they won Tuesday to thwart an oil tax repeal. Candidates across Alaska knocked on thousands of doors and rang countless phones. How did voters respond? With a resounding shrug.  
Kyle Hopkins
Although at least 14,000 absentee ballots will not be counted for days, the repeal referendum known as Ballot Measure 1 appears to be headed for defeat. Alaska's governor says it's now up to oil companies to get to work and prove Alaskans made the right choice.
Alex DeMarban
Mat-Su Assembly member Jim Colver was leading incumbent Eric Feige on Wednesday in a hotly contested Republican primary for a state House district that runs from Whittier to Valdez to Delta Junction. But some party faithful say Colver is more D than R. 
Zaz Hollander
Suicide rates for Alaska Natives 70 and older are only half the national rates for that age group, according to information gathered by James Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues.
Yereth Rosen
On the first day of school, a veteran Anchorage elementary school teacher talks about education challenges, what motivates her year after year and first-day jitters. EducationMarc Lester
The lead-in to the GOP primary for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat has already racked up an unprecedented $15 million in spending. But the real campaign is only just starting: No fewer than five groups independent of the candidates have announced or disclosed new campaign spending this week aimed at influencing the results of the general election.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Alaska’s top union official said Wednesday he doesn’t believe the state AFL-CIO will endorse anyone for governor if the two leading challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell can’t agree to merge their campaigns.PoliticsRichard Mauer
A Rhode Island firm that now owns the housing on Eielson Air Force Base filed suit in federal court Tuesday, saying it is illegal for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to levy $1.855 million in property taxes.MilitaryDermot Cole

Sports

UAA picked 2nd in GNAC volleyball poll

Coaches in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference picked the Seawolves second in their annual preseason volleyball poll. Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Noted Alaska historian, linguist Richard Dauenhauer dead at 72

Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska  in the late 1960s, made important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a respected poet and former Alaska poet laureate.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Papp draws on long Coast Guard experience to guide Arctic policies

The former U.S. Coast Guard commandant, tapped by Secretary of State John Kerry last month to serve as U.S. special representative to the Arctic, seeks to the raise the region's profile in the Lower 48. Yereth Rosen

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