Palmer residents apparently voted to ban commercial marijuana operations, according to early municipal election results, despite residents having voted in favor of legalizing pot when the issue came to a statewide vote last fall.Zaz Hollander
A contentious Alaska Senate Finance Committee hearing this week highlighted what’s expected to be a major fight in next year’s legislative session over enacting new taxes or diverting money from Permanent Fund earnings.Nathaniel Herz
Gov. Bill Walker's administration spent $50,000 on Washington, D.C., consultants to help prepare them for a visit by President Barack Obama.Becky Bohrer
A report released Tuesday questions the fairness of the Environmental Protection Agency process that led to its pre-emptive decision to block a water discharge permit for the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska. Erica Martinson
The deal, if approved by Congress, would phase out import tariffs and regulations that limit trade, and impose uniform labor and environmental requirements on 12 countries, which include Japan and Australia.Erica Martinson
A new report offers reasons why Alaska would benefit by buying pipeline builder TransCanada out of the Alaska LNG project, including that it would make an extra $7.4 billion over two decades of operation.Alex DeMarban
Alaska's investment earnings last year plunged by nearly 70 percent from the previous year's record earnings of $8 billion. The drop comes as state leaders are increasingly looking to use the Permanent Fund to pay for state government.Pat Forgey
A drive to make a city out of Big Lake is revealing a deep split between residents seeking more local control and those leery of any more government at all.Zaz Hollander
Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini broke with his own tradition and held a short signing ceremony Friday for the measure that extends discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people. The state Democratic Party said the Alaska Legislature should do the same thing.Devin Kelly,Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska Sen. Lesil McGuire’s employee who authorized her own publicly funded $3,000 trip to a Seattle conference no longer works for the state Legislature.Nathaniel Herz
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