Legislative leaders proposed using about $1.1 billion in forward-funding for education for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to help cover this year's deficit. To fund education for next year, the committee proposed $950.5 million in general funds and $157 million from an in-state gas pipeline fund.
Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
The trial for Ronald ‘Bun Bun’ Fischer, the Barrow man accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Assistant District Attorney Brian Sullivan, is set for the end of August.
Jillian Rogers
Dustin Arthur Badillo, 20, was charged with three counts of kidnapping, two counts of sexual assault and one count each of burglary and robbery.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
The Legislature has wrapped up its efforts to address marijuana legalization laws this year. Here are the bills that passed, the ones that failed and what all of it means for Alaska.
Laurel Andrews
In the last week of the mayoral campaign, the public can watch Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz face off in five events, three of which will be broadcast. 
Devin Kelly
The mystery of Alaska's Wade Hampton Census Area may be solved, but the controversy is just beginning over the area named for a slave-owning Civil War general who never came to Alaska.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
Even the dog looked up as the night sky shivered green. It was magical, as if gods were taking a comb to the firmament. Out there in the dark, as the Earth was washed by solar winds, this was the first heart-level moment of Yes. Family.We AlaskansBrendan Jones
The horror spoof "Moose," made in Wasilla, may not be the greatest Alaska movie of all time, but it's probably the funniest.Film & TVMike Dunham
The Nerds of the North robotics team has a saying: “'Nerd' is a four-letter word with a six-figure salary." Alaska's only FIRST Robotics Competition (FTC) team, number 568, is in its 15th year and competing in the organization's world championships.
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Tara Young

News & Politics

Hometown U: Fishing for salmon consumers in China

Right about now, Alaskans are digging through the spidery corners of their backyard sheds and garages, pulling out waders and tackle boxes, sweeping leaves off gunnels and hooking up boat trailers. It’s time to get ready for summer and salmon fishing.Kathleen McCoy

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Adventure

Where grayling are ginormous

Whopping, bottom-feeding grayling are not the bright, pretty fish that come from Denali Highway streams. They tend toward gunmetal gray with dull, pinkish spots on the dorsal fin. However, anytime you can catch a grayling over a pound and a half, it is a beautiful fish.John Schandelmeier

Culture

Country music star Brad Paisley performed at the UAA Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Paisley’s newest album is “Moonshine in the Trunk,” with the hit singles “River Bank” and “Perfect Storm.” Canadian country singer Brett Kissel opened for Paisley at the Alaska Airlines Center. Paisley has a second concert scheduled for Sunday at UAA.
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Arctic

Finnish mining firm gets green light for waste pipeline -- with tighter terms

The nickel mining company, beset by financial woes and legal problems over environmental violations, will be allowed to discharge waste only if amounts of sulfates and other effluents are reduced, regional officials say.YLE News

Nation/World

  • A powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Kathmandu, killing more than 1,800 people, flattening sections of the city’s historic center, and trapping dozens of sightseers in a 200-foot watchtower that came crashing down into a pile of bricks.

  • A largely peaceful protest over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody, gave way to scattered scenes of chaos here on Saturday night, as demonstrators smashed a downtown storefront window and damaged police cruisers, while officers broke up skirmishes and made arrests near Camden Yards.

We Alaskans

Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short. 
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