As local governments wrestle with economic worries, they're looking for new sources of revenue, and the tobacco tax is increasingly becoming an attractive option that's palatable to voters as well.

Jeannette Lee Falsey
A larger-than-projected drop in revenue this year for the Alaska Railroad has leadership exploring ways to strike real estate deals on railroad property and run more beer trains and other popular specialty passenger excursions.Jeannette Lee Falsey
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority will keep Fairbanks Natural Gas management in place as it works toward expanding natural gas service in the Fairbanks-North Pole area. Kristen Nelson | Petroleum News
Alaska's stellar credit ratings could be in jeopardy if oil prices remain low and the state fails to act to address its financial situation, major credit ratings agency Moody's said this week. Pat Forgey
The initial investigation of the incident that put a gash in the Finnish icebreaker hired by Shell suggests -- but does not conclude -- that a previously uncharted Unalaska Bay shoal was to blame.Yereth Rosen
The Beluga River and North Cook Inlet fields account for nearly all of ConocoPhillips’ natural gas production in Alaska, but output has been declining for years and the company says they are no longer a central part of its Alaska operations. Jeannette Lee Falsey
The CEO of Matanuska Telephone Association is leaving that position after 40 years with the telecommunications cooperative and about 15 years at its helm.  Zaz Hollander
A reader who's a contract flight attendant for a charter airline reports that since her best friend divorced the airline's chief pilot, he's had it out for her. What can she do to counter his bullying behavior? Lynne Curry
A piece of language inserted into this year's 68-page operating budget would seek to limit travel for medical care funded by Medicaid, but health officials say it's similar to what they're already doing.Pat Forgey
Technology costs, low city employee morale and a recommendation for a civil rights law to add protections for the gay, lesbian and transgender community were among items in a report from the new mayor's transition team.Devin Kelly