An Alaska Senate subcommittee recommended Friday that the state's medical school program continue to receive full funding, following a move by House lawmakers to phase out the program. 
Tegan Hanlon
Two amendments to the marijuana crime bill were brought to senators right before the floor session began, forcing a delay in hearing the measure. One amendment deals with marijuana concentrates; the other makes marijuana a non-controlled substance. 
Laurel Andrews
A married couple entered guilty pleas on Friday in Anchorage to sex trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that found they ran a prostitution ring in cities across Alaska. Amber Batts faces 10 years in prison.
Jerzy Shedlock
A woman was killed in a Midtown Anchorage hit-and-run collision late Friday morning, Anchorage police said.
Megan Edge
Alaskans have left behind an estimated $5.7 million in unclaimed refunds, according to the IRS. About half of the refunds are believed to be worth more than $795.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
Republicans in the Legislature are brushing off efforts by Gov. Bill Walker to ease the conflict in Juneau over gas line proposals -- even though there's no plan that's actually guaranteed to get a line built.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
OPINION: Huslia did George Attla proud during Iditarod -- and keeps his legacy alive with young mushers. Keeping the Frank Attla Youth and Sled Dog Care-Mushing Program going would be a fitting memorial to George, and a great benefit to the next generations.CommentaryGilbert Huntington
As a result of her vote in the House against the budget, Eagle River Republican Lora Reinbold no longer belongs to any caucus, and she plans to use her independence to campaign on issues important to her.PoliticsPat Forgey
The Anchorage House Majority Caucus on Thursday lambasted the Anchorage School District for its 2015-16 school year budget, calling it "irresponsible" and "shortsighted." On Friday, the Anchorage School Board fired back.  EducationTegan Hanlon

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Neighbors worry over privacy after report of drone following kids in Eagle River

A man flying his drone caused quite a stir among residents of one Eagle River neighborhood this week after police received reports that the device had been spotted following children.Sean Doogan

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Just three nights after setting an ECHL high for goals in a period with six in the opening 20 minutes in Bakersfield, the Alaska Aces pumped Stockton for six first-period goals on the way to a 10-2 win.Doyle Woody


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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