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Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Monday began the thorny task of meeting with officials from the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., an entity he targeted during his campaign as ripe for cuts, with its high salaries and the state's dueling gas pipeline projects.

 

Alex DeMarban
A 49-year-old Palmer man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 50 years in prison for sexually exploiting two children more than a decade ago. Prosecutors said Robert Cunningham used his large physique and a tank of nitrous oxide to make his victims cooperate.Jerzy Shedlock
The hacking cough. The sneezes. The sore throat. If you’re among the people who are trying to fend off these and other symptoms, you’re not alone. The flu has made its way into more Alaska households than usual for the start of the holiday season. Jill Burke
The owner and operator of Paradise Inn stands accused of selling a pound of methamphetamine to an FBI informant in the basement of his Anchorage business. The drug deal was recorded by a wire, according to a federal criminal complaint.Jerzy Shedlock
The last of three federal defendants who pleaded guilty this year to Clean Air Act violations  at a Dutch Harbor seafood plant -- including failing to operate emissions control systems and lying on government-required reports -- was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation.Jerzy Shedlock
Incoming governor Bill Walker continued to flesh out his cabinet on Tuesday, announcing new appointments as the clock ticked toward Monday's inauguration, including naming his law partner Craig Richards as attorney general.Alex DeMarban
Expecting high demand for peak travel months in 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve will soon be opening the early reservation process for the park's four major campgrounds and its shuttle service. Megan Edge
More Fairbanks homeowners are losing their homes to foreclosure, and the high price of keeping them warm may be a factor, according to long-time observers of the market.Associated Press
Opposition to a number of sales tax proposals in the Alaska community of Nome was widespread at Monday's city council meeting, with a proposal that would remove a sales tax exemption for churches and nonprofits dying on the table.Matthew F. Smith | KNOM
A 40-acre chunk of hayfield near the Palmer fairgrounds once eyed for an industrial training center is now protected by a conservation easement that preserves the land for farming. Zaz Hollander

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