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Under the terms of a broad legislative grant of secrecy governing gas pipeline work, a new joint venture agreement between the state and the oil companies including a state commitment of up to $125 million will remain confidential to the public and to legislators.

Dermot Cole
Every two years, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson opens its gates to the public for two days of free aerial demonstrations, military equipment displays and aircraft tours. The open house  draws big crowds -- organizers estimate about 125,000 people flooded the base each day at the 2012 show.Tegan Hanlon
In meeting that stretched four and a half hours Wednesday, a Kuskokwim River salmon advisory group agreed to set aside proposals to declare “no confidence” in Alaska's subsistence and commercial fishing managers and instead work within the system.Lisa Demer
Alaska State Troopers say six fishing vessels were seized after their operators were discovered this month drifting gillnets one to two nautical miles outside an open fishing area in Kulukak Bay in Southwest Alaska.Jerzy Shedlock
Russia's Rosneft oil company, facing U.S. sanctions following Russia's seizure of part of neighboring Ukraine, won't be buying part of the huge Point Thomson natural gas field on Alaska's North Slope, Exxon Mobil said Wednesday.Pat Forgey
A White Pass & Yukon Route Railway train derailed on a routine sightseeing trek from Skagway into Canada around 3 p.m. Wednesday and left at least nine people injured, according to a state official.Megan Edge
Members of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, including Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, unanimously approved the nomination of Robert McDonald Wednesday to head the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs.Tegan Hanlon
A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a group looking to ban commercial setnet fishing in Alaska's urban areas, saying the measure can go before voters.Suzanna Caldwell
An incident at the Alaska-Canada border went from bad to worse when a U.S. border agent allegedly pointed a gun at the head of a detained Iowa Boy Scout.Jerzy Shedlock
The Mat-Su Borough has denied a permit necessary for a Meadow Lakes company that operated for years without permits to continue supplying gravel to a big Parks Highway project.Zaz Hollander

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  • For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.

  • Walmart US CEO Bill Simon will vacate his position next month, the company announced Thursday. Greg Foran, the CEO of Walmart Asia, will assume Bill Simon's position on August 9.