The Alaska House delayed one meeting Friday morning and canceled another as lawmakers said they were privately making progress on budget negotiations, just three days before state workers start getting notices of potential layoffs.
Nathaniel Herz
The Anchorage Assembly voted this week to reinstate fines for open burning at the height of fire season after the penalties for such offenses were removed last June during a code rewrite.
Tegan Hanlon
A motorcyclist died Friday afternoon in Spenard after a shopping bag slid off the handle of his motorcycle and he veered off the road and crashed into a tree, according to the Anchorage Police Department. 
Tegan Hanlon
The Federal Highway Administration will make $2 million in emergency funds available as the flood-battered Dalton Highway's unprecedented closure continues. 
Alex DeMarban
Southcentral Alaskans can expect clear, warm weather Saturday and Sunday, with high temperatures in the 70s and even low 80s.
Suzanna Caldwell
With the state budget in limbo and layoff notices just days away, officials at various agencies foresee cuts in services ranging from repairing potholes to issuing birth and death certificates.PoliticsJeannette Lee Falsey
Instead of making a change, the board voted to establish a subcommittee to work with Fish and Game to “discuss and evaluate a variety of issues and options to address Dall sheep concerns." Populations of the popular game animals have declined in recent years. AdventureZaz Hollander
Five villages will get help from the federal government for projects that range from optimizing existing wind turbines to crafting an entirely new energy plan.EnergyErica Martinson
Alaska Pretrial Services is testing a new intervention tool on a selection of alcohol-dependent clients -- a smartphone application called Step Away that was developed by a UAA professor. Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock

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Anchorage motorcyclist dies after crashing into tree

A motorcyclist died Friday afternoon in Spenard after a shopping bag slid off the handle of his motorcycle and he veered off the road and crashed into a tree, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Tegan Hanlon

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