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Gov. Bill Walker is scheduled to announce his choices for adjutant general and deputy commissioner of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in Anchorage Friday.

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The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is expected to submit its final report to the Legislature on Friday. Companion bills introduced in both houses identify four areas of focus: economic and resource development, infrastructure, health communities and a state-based agenda for science and research.Associated Press
The Anchorage School District has canceled classes Friday for ACE/ACT students after a water line broke at the Anchorage Mental Health Trust Authority Building.  Tegan Hanlon
Former Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright has been appointed to help regulate participation in Alaska's commercial fisheries. Commissioners serve a four-year term and are paid a little over $100,000 a year plus benefits. The appointment is subject to legislative confirmation.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
Legislators reviewing the state’s efforts to combat fetal alcohol syndrome got new details Thursday about a high-profile, state-funded academic study involving free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms that’s expected to begin next month.Nathaniel Herz
The Cook Inlet Region Inc. subsidiary hoped to begin adding 11 turbines to the wind farm on Fire Island just west of Anchorage this year, but plans have been postponed because there are no buyers for the power.Suzanna Caldwell
The Walker administration intends to open a new era of relations between tribal and other governments that will have them working together to improve Alaskans' lives, said Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, the first Alaska Native to hold such a statewide office. Pat Forgey

For four consecutive days this week, people in Anchorage woke up to news of a local shooting resulting in death or injury. At a press conference Thursday, police chief Mark Mew said the jump in violence appears to be drug-related and announced the department is creating a temporary task force in an effort to suppress those crimes.

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Health concerns and workplace issues were flagged for further consideration by Alaska lawmakers Thursday as they continue work on drafting regulations for the legalization of recreational marijuana.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
ConocoPhillips reported Thursday that its adjusted fourth-quarter Alaska earnings in 2014 were $379 million, down from the $555 million collected during the same period a year earlier.Alex DeMarban