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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.

Marc Lester
A small plane reported overdue in Southcentral Alaska was found Thursday and the pilot taken to a local hospital with no significant injuries. Laurel Andrews
A contentious proposal for an alcohol tax in Anchorage hasn’t even officially been scheduled for the April city ballot, but the state liquor industry has already launched a campaign to fight it.Devin Kelly
For four consecutive days this week, Anchorage residents woke up to news of local shootings resulting in deaths or injury. Shootings throughout the month have put the city on edge, and police say they’re using every resource available to solve the crimes.Jerzy Shedlock
A Wasilla man, out on bail on separate drug charges, was pulled over while in possession of $67,000 worth of methamphetamine, Alaska State Troopers said.Megan Edge
A Fairbanks man is facing multiple charges after he robbed a female acquaintance at gunpoint, then kicked her out of the vehicle both were riding in, Alaska State Troopers say.Megan Edge
Despite low oil prices, and spending cuts elsewhere within the company, Royal Dutch Shell says it intends to drill in its Chukchi Sea leases in 2015.Alex DeMarban,Yereth Rosen
Anchorage police say they are investigating a shooting death early Thursday morning in the Russian Jack neighborhood as a homicide. Jeanpal Borge, 20, was found dead in the parking lot of a business near Bragaw Street and DeBarr Road.Megan Edge

More than 50 agencies and organizations and about 150 volunteers gathered at the Menard Center in Wasilla to contribute to the Mat-Su Valley Homeless Connect event held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Marc Lester
In a step that promises to reshape the Fairbanks energy picture, a state agency has signed a letter of intent to purchase the small natural gas utility system there for $52.5 million, potentially fueled by natural gas supplies that would be trucked in. Dermot Cole