The most recent campaign finance reports show Anchorage mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz raised more than his three main opponents combined in March.
Devin Kelly
A Republican-controlled House committee Tuesday night easily moved forward Gov. Bill Walker's bill to expand the public Medicaid health program -- but the measure still has many more steps to go through before it reaches Walker's desk.
Nathaniel Herz
Anchorage's 2014-2015 snow season is on track to set a new record as the least-snowiest snow season ever recorded in the city, according to the National Weather Service.
Megan Edge
A campaign mailer in which Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski accuses rival Dan Coffey of buying Anchorage Assembly votes has led to a counter-move from Coffey -- a robocall by Coffey's wife accusing Demboski of slander.
Devin Kelly
An SUV towing a trailer with three all-terrain vehicles crashed into a Key Bank branch in Eagle River late Tuesday, Anchorage police said. The University of Alaska Anchorage branch housed in the same building was evacuated, a UAA spokeswoman said.
Megan Edge
A group of men who say their cars were painted with threatening words on Tuesday finally attracted the police response they had asked for.AnchorageMichelle Theriault Boots
A series of new studies shows that polar bear diets are changing to include land-based foods as sea ice diminishes -- but those foods aren't abundant enough, nor of the right kind to sustain the bears.ScienceYereth Rosen
Two Democrats are making this session’s first attempt to make a big dent in the state’s $3.5 billion budget deficit following last week’s news that budget cuts alone would not solve the state’s financial problems.PoliticsPat Forgey
As a Canadian decision to close the border at night between the Southeast Alaska community of Hyder and the British Columbia town of Stewart goes into effect tonight, residents were planning a morning protest.Alaska NewsLaurel Andrews

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Biting lake trout, racing dogs, returning swans all signs of an Alaska spring

April is one of the best months to be outdoors in Alaska.  Forty degrees in April feels like 70 in September. Get out on the lakes and catch a fish. Go for a drive and see which birds are arriving.   Drive to Arctic Man and watch the snowmobilers go nuts.John Schandelmeier

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Land-based food won't sustain polar bears in a low-ice Arctic, study says

A series of new studies shows that polar bear diets are changing to include land-based foods as sea ice diminishes -- but those foods aren't abundant enough, nor of the right kind to sustain the bears.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • In an executive order issued Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state water board to impose mandatory water restrictions -- aimed at reducing use by about 25 percent -- for the first time in history, as the state grapples with a serious drought.

  • OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.