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Alaska's all-Republican congressional delegation is not in agreement on the trade bill the Senate passed Wednesday: It is split down the middle of the Capitol dome. Erica Martinson
A proposed coal mine near Sutton remains on track after Alaska's natural resources commissioner rejected an appeal of a permit renewal filed by six groups that oppose the Usibelli Coal Mine Wishbone Hill project. Zaz Hollander
 Shell’s hopes of boring two wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer could be jeopardized by an obscure permitting requirement that effectively bars drilling operations close to each other in waters off Alaska.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
I’m the human resources manager you wrote about in a recent article. I didn’t take action when an employee came to me complaining about a bully manager. It’s easy for you and others to say HR should handle bully managers. In reality it’s not so simple.Lynne Curry
While warming temperatures have trimmed the time operators on Alaska's North Slope can build ice roads or move vehicles over frozen ground, recent advances are allowing land users to reclaim some of the lost season.Yereth Rosen
With the departure of Aetna, State Farm, and Assurant Health, only two insurance companies remain in Alaska's individual health insurance market. One state official said the situation is "not only unusual, it's somewhat frightening." Laurel Andrews
As fishing ramps up, Bristol Bay sockeye prices are still an unknown, but several factors could come into play.Molly Dischner
It is not often that you are able to look to the future and back to the past as events change around you. This is happening now as the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. pushes forward to show that there is a greater value in energy-efficient housing. Starting in July, AHFC will offer a number of statewide classes to educate appraisers, lenders, builders, real estate practitioners and the public about the hidden values of energy-efficient homes.Barbara Ramsey,Clair Ramsey
Sales and prices for all salmon (especially sockeye) have been in a slump all year. And amid an overall glut of wild and farmed fish, Alaska is poised for another huge salmon haul, with the largest run of sockeye salmon in 20 years predicted along with a sizable run of pinks. Laine Welch
Alaska has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 5.5 percent.Associated Press