The first bill that reaches the governor's desk is destined to be the first one he will veto, Gov. Bill Walker told Commonwealth North in Anchorage on Wednesday.
Dermot Cole
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
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
The Alaska Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday proposed to cancel annual cost-of-living increases for state employees, a measure designed to help close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit by shaving $30 million from unrestricted general fund spending next year and $57 million in total. PoliticsNathaniel Herz
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
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
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

News & Politics

SUV towing 3 ATVs crashes into Eagle River Key Bank branch

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

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Adventure

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

Arctic

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

  • As the nuclear negotiations dragged into overtime here Tuesday, some uniquely American and Iranian political sensitivities were permeating the marathon negotiating sessions, leading many to wonder whether two countries that have barely spoken for 35 years are just not ready to overcome old suspicions.

  • A number of Atlanta educators were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a public schools cheating scandal, bringing a close to a half-decade drama that tarnished a major school district’s reputation and raised questions nationwide about the wisdom of pushing educators to improve students’ standardized test scores.