The contours of a potential budget deal in the Alaska House began to emerge Friday evening in the form of about $15 million in concessions made by the Republican-led majority to the Democratic minority.
Nathaniel Herz
The city of Bethel has paid $175,000 to settle a police brutality complaint arising from the rough arrest of a drunken man in July 2014 that was captured by a security camera at the Alaska Commercial Co. store, an attorney for the city said Friday.
Lisa Demer
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 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
The Federal Highway Administration will make $2 million in emergency funds available as the flood-battered Dalton Highway's unprecedented closure continues. 
Alex DeMarban
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
Analysis: For the Republican-led majority in the Alaska House, the price of avoiding a negotiated settlement with Democrats over a 2 to 3 percent budget difference is the largest internal money transfer in the history of the Alaska Permanent Fund, about $9,000 for every resident of the state.CommentaryDermot Cole
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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McKinley climbers honoring fallen veterans forced to turn back

Whiteout conditions, avalanche danger and an extremely ill team member thwarted "our last chance effort to gain the summit,” said Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen, member of a mission to bear flags inscribed with the names of more than 350 fallen veterans to the 20,320-foot summit.Mike Campbell


South, West Valley girls to meet for state soccer championship

After meeting and beating two south-side Anchorage teams, South High will take on West Valley of Fairbanks for the Alaska girls state soccer championship.Beth Bragg


Chris Thompson: Christianity is not dying in U.S. (or Alaska)

My column two weeks ago was next to a New York Times story with the headline “Big drop in share of Americans identifying as Christian.” USA TODAY headlines blared, “Christians drop, ‘nones’ soar in new religion portrait.” CNN, not to be undone shouted “Millennials leaving the church in droves, study finds.” Dozens of other headlines tried to outdo each other with hyperbole. But what’s it all about?Chris Thompson


Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

First Nations representatives from British Columbia have joined Greenpeace's anti-drilling campaign. They say Chukchi drilling will ultimately create more environmental risks for their region. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic


  • J. Dennis Hastert, who served for eight years as speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a former student hundreds of thousands of dollars to not say publicly that Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an FBI investigation.


  • Torrential downpours in Texas that have whiplashed the region from drought to flooding. A heat wave that has killed more than 1,800 people in India. Record 91-degree readings in Alaska, of all places. A pair of top-of-the-scale typhoons in the Northwest Pacific. And a drought taking hold in the East.