Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April, increasing slightly from the previous month.
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The Alaska Department of Corrections says a 26-year-old inmate being held at the Anchorage jail on a DUI charge died Thursday night.
Jerzy Shedlock
A plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to balance the state’s budget has caused disagreement in the ranks of the Republican-led House majority caucus.
Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey
 A 27-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after running over a homeless man in 2008 and leaving him to die.
Associated Press
Under a proposal by Anchorage Assembly chair Dick Traini, marijuana smoke wouldn’t be allowed in public places, workplaces, medical facilities, child care centers, stadiums, outdoor arenas and municipal facilities, including schools.
Devin Kelly
Over Memorial Day weekend last year, thousands watched nervously as the Funny River Fire burned its way through the Kenai Peninsula. Though the human impacts were ultimately minimal, emergency responders say they learned plenty of lessons about modern-day disaster response.KenaiMegan Edge
Unprecedented flooding continues to interfere with daily operations on the North Slope oil patch after surging waters wiped away swaths of the Dalton Highway and isolated a section of Deadhorse.EnvironmentAlex DeMarban
The Alaska Zoo said orphaned brown bear cubs rescued earlier this month will be on public view at the South Anchorage facility for the first time Friday.WildlifeMegan Edge
A film that chronicles the excavation of a 200-year-old village along the banks of the Kobuk River -- and what happened when archaeologists found human remains -- is scheduled to play Friday night at the Amchorage Museum.
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News & Politics

Alaska Legislature ends one special session, then calls another

The Alaska Senate ended the special session called by Gov. Bill Walker and started a new one of its own Thursday. The House was expected to quickly follow suit.Nathaniel Herz

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