The shadow of a federal case that never made it to court -- allegations by investigators that Bill Allen paid for sex with underage girls -- looms over an amendment introduced by Sen. Dan Sullivan.
Dermot Cole
The state's Department of Education and Early Development will likely face the steepest cuts of any department, said Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a key player in education policy in the Alaska Senate.
Pat Forgey
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson rescue squadrons supported the rescue of two Saudi F-15 pilots from the Gulf of Aden on Friday, according to an Alaska Air National Guard official. 
Jerzy Shedlock
According to police, the shooting happened around 1:04 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Northern Lights Boulevard. The person or people responsible for the shooting fled in a vehicle but no descriptions of the suspects or the vehicle were immediately available.
Egan Millard
With a history of convictions for sexually terrorizing strangers, Kevin Tuckfield was considered so dangerous he was required to have a two-guard escort every time he left his cell at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. So how did he become the first person in the jail's history to successfully escape?   Crime & JusticeMichelle Theriault Boots
As the Alaska Legislature looks for ways to cut its own budget, its new office building in downtown Anchorage may become a target.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
State and federal managers are turning to village residents to help plan what promises to be another summer of frustration, with restricted fishing in a region that depends on salmon as a main food source.FishingLisa Demer
Far northern lakes have formed, filled and emptied for thousands of years, but this is the first time scientists have observed it with instruments. EnvironmentNed Rozell

News & Politics

As concern grows over sustainability of halibut stocks, a bycatch compromise remains elusive

Pressure to reduce bycatch has come from environmental groups, fishermen and politicians. In Southwest Alaska, where revenues depend almost entirely on fishing, even municipalities have begun to push the issue. John Messick | Bristol Bay Times

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Sports

Aces endure Thunder push-back, but rack 2 more points in shootout

One night after matching a franchise record for goals in a 10-2 throttling of Stockton, the Alaska Aces needed a shootout to secure a 5-4 victory over the Thunder. Alaska won the skills contest 2-0.Doyle Woody

Culture

Chris Thompson: Five things pastors dread hearing -- and how some respond

A recent article in Relevant Magazine caught my eye and brought me up short, as I’d been guilty of the same things over the years. Titled “5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Your Pastor ... and what you should say instead,” the article contained wonderful advice about the things we innocently say to pastors and what it reveals about us.Chris Thompson

Arctic

Committee forms to tackle Arctic waterways safety

The Arctic Waterways Safety Committee, formed to develop the best practices for managing Arctic waterways, held its first formal meeting this month in Juneau, electing officers and meeting with the governor and Alaska's state committee on the Arctic.Carey Restino

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We Alaskans

Really, Rosemary

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