A Wasilla lawmaker has introduced legislation that would write into law a parent’s right to withdraw a child from state standardized exams, but education officials say too many withdrawals could lower school ratings, and legalizing refusals could harm federal funding. 
Tegan Hanlon
A senator from Wasilla removed from the budget all state funding for public broadcasting Thursday, and efforts by a Juneau senator to restore some money failed.
Nathaniel Herz
Faced with falling rates of shareholder participation, Alaska Native corporations are moving to avoid the possibility of annual meetings where they cannot conduct business.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
A 17-year-old was charged with manslaughter last week in connection with a fatal shooting outside a Walgreens store in late January that  Anchorage police say was a drug deal gone wrong. 
Laurel Andrews
The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties over to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Zaz Hollander
Alaska's path to a sustainable budget will likely have to involve some combination of cutting spending, increasing revenues and using the Permanent Fund in some way, says David Teal, the Legislature's top budget expert. PoliticsPat Forgey
The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study released Friday. EnergyJonathan Fahey | Associated Press
The head of a prominent Alaska economic think tank wants a statewide conversation on the state's scary fiscal cliff, and lawmakers and the governor say they are ready to engage. PoliticsAlex DeMarban
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers

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Rosemary McGuire has been an exchange student in Norway, attended Oxford, worked as a fish counter, commercial fisherman, research tech, tended bar in rural Alaska, shoveled snow, laid concrete, welded and taught English to immigrants. Plus, she's an expert canoeist and avid hiker. Oh, there's her well-received book of short stories.    Heather Lende