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Elementary-school-age students compete in the First Lego League competition at South High School on Saturday, Jan. 17. The competitors design, build and program Lego-based robots to complete assigned tasks on a 4x8-foot field.

Bob Hallinen
Alaska Pacific University hopes to develop and lease land in order to keep tuition costs low and maintain scholarships, president Don Bantz said Friday.Laurel Andrews
The University of Alaska system is poised to shrink with falling oil prices and shed programs, coping with budget cuts that are likely to eliminate hundreds of jobs at campuses across the state.Dermot Cole
The House’s Sustainable Education Task Force concluded its final meeting Monday in much the same mix of self-approval and dissent that marked its report to the Legislature last year.Richard Mauer
Gov. Bill Walker named four people to the University of Alaska Board of Regents Monday, replacing regents whose terms expire next month.Michelle Theriault Boots
To help close a projected multimillion-dollar budget gap, Superintendent Ed Graff has asked that instead of cuts, the Anchorage School Board put $17 million of reserve funds toward next year’s budget. Tegan Hanlon
As the U.S. approaches its chairmanship of th Arctic Council and far-north climate warming continues at twice the global rate, President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday addressing federal Arctic policy. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed doubts about the order's effectiveness.Yereth Rosen
The many moving parts of Alaska's fiscal situation have been organized for the pleasure of budget nerds in an all-new worksheet and game developed by the Institute of Social and Economic Research.Dermot Cole
Raising reindeer is nothing new to Alaska, but in recent years interest in the animals has surged among young people, raising hopes for increased food security and jobs in some of the state's remote regions.Suzanna Caldwell
Testimonials from former students and fellow writers reflect  the “exemplary professionalism, literary excellence and a commitment to the advancement of literary arts” that led to the selection of  Frank Soos of Fairbanks as the next Alaska State Writer Laureate.Dermot Cole