The murder trial against 28-year-old Korakanh Phornsavanh, who stands accused of shooting another man to death in October 2012 in front of the now-shuttered Platinum Jaxx nightclub, started Wednesday in Anchorage.
Jerzy Shedlock
The woman, who DOC officials have not named, died on Saturday. She was the second inmate at the Anchorage Jail to die in a three-day span. DOC officials didn't confirm her death until four days later. 
Michelle Theriault Boots
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront Wednesday before meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that his position against Arctic offshore oil drilling could hurt Alaska's economy.
Phuong Le | Associated Press
A 25-year-old Anchorage man was booked at the Anchorage jail early Wednesday after fleeing the scene of a collision that left his pregnant wife hospitalized as well as two children riding in the other vehicle, police said.
Megan Edge
A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a case alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worked with critics of the proposed Pebble mine with a predetermined goal to block the project.
Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has shut down operating rooms in Anchorage amid ventilation concerns and a fix to the problem is likely months away.HealthTegan Hanlon
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a new regulation Wednesday that defines the scope of federal oversight of waters, to a chorus of Alaska lawmakers and industry groups calling it an egregious federal overreach. EnvironmentErica Martinson
Federal workers can't use marijuana, no matter where they live, the federal Office of Personnel Management told agency heads this week. Cannabis NorthErica Martinson
The Republican-led House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning unveiled an offer to Democrats that seeks to break the Alaska Legislature’s budget stalemate by spending more for education and state workers, but ignores Medicaid expansion.PoliticsNathaniel Herz

News & Politics

3 rescued after plane runs out of fuel, crashes in Lake Clark area

Three men walked away unharmed from a plane crash northwest of Port Alsworth Tuesday after their aircraft ran out of fuel mid-flight. “We carefully gassed up for 90 miles,” said one passenger on the plane. “And we had 110 to go.”Michelle Theriault Boots

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No more 'free lunch' budgets: Alaskans must start paying our own way

OPINION: As long as the public requires that somebody else pays for all the services they are demanding, there will not be a solution to our budget dilemma.Jerry George

Adventure

Portage Pass delivers stunning glacier views after short hike

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Culture

Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival draws crowd to 'big playground' in Alaska wilderness

The decade-old Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival might be the closest thing you'll find to Burning Man in Alaska. If you're thinking of attending this year's, here's what you need to know.Victoria Barber

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Top Arctic official says cooperation key for Arctic Council under US leadership

The United States has an ambitious agenda as leader of the Arctic Council and needs continued cooperation with Russia to carry it out, says the top U.S. Arctic official.Yereth Rosen

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We Alaskans

Dad's D-Day shoes

During World War II, Dad saved two lives when the destroyer he was serving on hit a mine and sank in the English Channel. He earned a Bronze Star for bravery in action, but his bad luck with ships never really waned. Pete Garay