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A barge that broke from tow cables during a severe storm Tuesday is adrift in the Beaufort Sea with about 950 gallons of diesel fuel on board. Tegan Hanlon
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower inked the declaration under which the 49th state joined the union, no one thought that 55 years later, the state and federal governments would still be arguing about the map of Alaska. Dermot Cole
The Parnell administration and Flint Hills Resources reached agreement on a settlement for pollution cleanup at the former refinery site in North Pole, while negotiations and a court fight continue on what is to be done off the property.Dermot Cole
Ending the longstanding U.S. ban on most crude exports could lift oil prices inside the country while decreasing the cost of gasoline, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
The gold-mining company is studying a $1 billion, 14-inch pipeline to pump natural gas from tidewater on Cook Inlet over the Alaska Range to a proposed Interior mine up the Kuskokwim River from Bethel. State permits are being sought.Craig Medred
An initiative to extend a ban on local efforts to curb air pollution from wood smoke failed, opening the door for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to consider local control measures as it works with the state to reduce pollution levels.Dermot Cole
In the past month gasoline prices in Seattle have dropped by more than 30 cents a gallon -- but the same hasn't happened in Alaska, despite a global dip in oil prices.Dermot Cole
The attorney general’s office says the downtown Fairbanks steam heat utility has demonstrated it deserves a 70 percent rate increase, largely because rates haven’t changed in decades. Dermot Cole

Economic anxiety and a fall in energy production in Alaska has roiled an already sharp-edged political season here, which is focused on one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Budget deficits are eating into Alaska's readily available savings, and there may not be much other than the Alaska Permanent Fund available when it comes time to make multibillion-dollar investments.Pat Forgey