Unable to pass a budget it could pay for, the Alaska Legislature on Monday evening decided to adjourn and go home. Minutes later, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling lawmakers back into special session Tuesday to pass a "fully funded" budget.
Pat Forgey
The budget approved by the Alaska Legislature Monday would drain a $1.3 billion account set aside to provide school districts some measure of financial stability.
Dermot Cole
Mayor Dan Sullivan’s administration is proposing to restrict alcohol purchases for people who use Anchorage’s emergency sleep-off center three or more times in one year.
Tegan Hanlon
Village police said they received their "strongest investigative lead" in the case when the two suspects called the department and tried to sell frozen pizzas to officers. 
Tegan Hanlon
The National Weather Service plans to realign its Alaska workforce, reducing jobs at remote offices in Nome, Barrow and Kodiak and shifting positions to the Anchorage and Fairbanks forecast centers.
Jenn Ruckel
For 10 hours after the massive earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, Anchorage resident Jeet Tamang couldn’t reach his wife in Kathmandu. When he tried calling, he was met with a deafening silence.Alaska NewsMichelle Theriault Boots
In Talkeetna, winter’s end was heralded by the arrival of 25,000-pound U.S. Army Chinook helicopters, which help the National Park Service set up the base camp used by climbers hoping to summit Mount McKinley and other peaks in the Alaska Range. AdventureNathaniel Herz
The Anchorage Concert Association will bring up some of the best-selling acts from previous years for the 2015-16 season, announced on April 27, including Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, the Capitol Steps and the musical “Mamma Mia.” CultureMike Dunham

News & Politics

Did Vladimir Putin party in Seward during Exxon Valdez spill cleanup?

A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  Alex DeMarban

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Army helicopters roar into Talkeetna in support of Denali climbing season

In Talkeetna, winter’s end was heralded by the arrival of 25,000-pound U.S. Army Chinook helicopters, which help the National Park Service set up the base camp used by climbers hoping to summit Mount McKinley and other peaks in the Alaska Range. Nathaniel Herz

Culture

Tuxes, high heels and corsages: Bethel prom a community affair

Even in Bush Alaska, high schoolers get fancy for the prom. The logistics are a little different -- tuxes have to be flown in from Anchorage, there are no limos here -- but the experience is much the same as the rest of the U.S.Lisa Demer

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We Alaskans

Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short. 
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