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As the Senate Finance Committee takes up a bill related to state legalization of marijuana Thursday morning, some lawmakers have raised concerns about federal enforcement. While now legal for recreation use in small amounts in Alaska, the drug remains illegal federally.

Molly Dischner
For the second day, four Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District schools in the Susitna Valley are closed because of road conditions, though basketball games will go ahead on a delayed schedule, the district said.Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaska Department of Transportation is proposing a landing fee at the Deadhorse Airport, the aviation hub for the North Slope's oil industry, and some stakeholders aren't pleased with the idea.Jeannette Lee Falsey
The Anchorage Education Association couldn't decide between endorsing Ethan Berkowitz or Andrew Halcro for mayor of Alaska's largest city, so it picked both.Devin Kelly
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a court case challenging Affordable Care Act subsidies, Alaska legislators on Wednesday heard a presentation attacking another component of the ACA: Medicaid expansion.Laurel Andrews
The ceremonial start is important to the Iditarod for both image and financial reasons. So-called "Iditariders'' pay thousands of dollars each year in an auction for seats in the sleds of Iditarod mushers who drive their dog teams through the city.Craig Medred
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, brought national politics into the Anchorage mayoral race this week by running ads tying candidate Ethan Berkowitz to President Obama.Devin Kelly
The Virginia consulting firm that worked on U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s successful campaign last year is opening an office in Alaska and completing an agreement to be the lead strategist for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid.Nathaniel Herz
The body of an ice fisherman who went missing Tuesday after driving his van onto Hidden Lake on the Kenai Peninsula was recovered the next day, troopers said.Tegan Hanlon
Without federal action, Shell’s oil and gas leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast will begin expiring in 2017, followed by its drilling rights in the neighboring Chukchi Sea two years later. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle