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Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley said Friday his department is now willing to hire law enforcement officers currently certified by the Alaska Police Standards Council. 

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Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said Friday that the state was launching a new push to prosecute former Veco chief Bill Allen for sex crimes. But a hurdle remains in the form of the U.S. Department of Justice, which would have to sign off for Richards’ office to prosecute Allen under an updated 1910 federal sex trafficking law called the Mann Act.

Nathaniel Herz
The owners of contentious gravel pits in Meadow Lakes and Trapper Creek both failed this week to get permits for large-scale extraction. One of the pits came under scrutiny by regulators after moving gravel without a permit and illegal waste dumping. Zaz Hollander
Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said Friday the state was launching a new push to prosecute former Veco chief Bill Allen for sex crimes. But the U.S. Department of Justice must first sign off on the plan.Nathaniel Herz
Christopher Olson, 31, of Anchorage, has been charged with 27 felonies related to child sex abuse as well as possession, distribution and production of child pornography, prosecutors say.Jerzy Shedlock
REI's business acumen has taken it to heights rarely seen by a retail cooperative. But as a record-low turnout in the latest annual election shows, REI's original democratic fervor seems to have stayed at base camp. Ángel González | The Seattle Times
Outgoing Alaska education commissioner Mike Hanley said Friday he had professional disagreements with the state board of education. But he said that's not a "sour grapes statement."Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
Here are some of the stories from around the Arctic that we've been following this weekAlaska Dispatch News
The city's vote to prohibit the growing, testing, manufacturing and selling of pot makes it the first Interior Alaska community to do so, according to a representative of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association.The Associated Press
An independent investigator said he thought the officers appeared more aggressive than necessary, but noted that "a court might not see this as particularly extreme or having caused great damages."The Associated Press