The Alaska House delayed one meeting Friday morning and canceled another as lawmakers said they were privately making progress on budget negotiations, just three days before state workers start getting notices of potential layoffs.
Nathaniel Herz
The Federal Highway Administration will make $2 million in emergency funds available as the flood-battered Dalton Highway's unprecedented closure continues. 
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Alaska State Troopers say a man critically injured in an early-morning shooting Wednesday in Butte remained hospitalized Friday.
Zaz Hollander
Whiteout conditions, avalanche danger and an extremely ill team member thwarted "our last chance effort to gain the summit,” said Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen, member of a mission to bear flags inscribed with the names of more than 350 fallen veterans to the 20,320-foot summit.
Mike Campbell
In two unanimous decisions, the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday came down solidly on the side of a group fighting the proposed Pebble mine that includes two Alaska icons, former First Lady Bella Hammond and state constitutional delegate Vic Fischer.
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With the state budget in limbo and the threat of layoff notices imminent, officials at various agencies foresee cuts in services that would range from repairing potholes to issuing birth and death certificates.PoliticsJeannette Lee Falsey
Instead of making a change, the board voted to establish a subcommittee to work with Fish and Game to “discuss and evaluate a variety of issues and options to address Dall sheep concerns." Populations of the popular game animals have declined in recent years. AdventureZaz Hollander
Five villages will get help from the federal government for projects that range from optimizing existing wind turbines to crafting an entirely new energy plan.EnergyErica Martinson
Alaska Pretrial Services is testing a new intervention tool on a selection of alcohol-dependent clients -- a smartphone application called Step Away that was developed by a UAA professor. Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock

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With threat of layoffs looming, state agencies prepare to cut services

With the state budget in limbo and the threat of layoff notices imminent, officials at various agencies foresee cuts in services that would range from repairing potholes to issuing birth and death certificates.Jeannette Lee Falsey

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