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Gov.-elect Bill Walker continued his efforts Thursday to assure the state’s resource industry that he is not their enemy, this time in a speech to the 35th annual conference of the Resource Development Council in Anchorage.

Richard Mauer
Amid a batch of positive news linked to his major energy initiatives, outgoing Gov. Sean Parnell gave what may be a swan-song speech before a supportive crowd on Wednesday.Alex DeMarban
Legislators plan to meet the day after Thanksgiving for a final update from the Parnell administration on the proposed gas pipeline. But they won't be allowed to attend unless they sign a secrecy pledge. Dermot Cole
With less than two weeks before his swearing-in as Alaska’s newest governor, independent Bill Walker’s effort to take the helm from Gov. Sean Parnell is beginning to take shape, including the news that his chief of staff will be former Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor Jim Whitaker. Alex DeMarban
For surprising twists and turns in the governor's race, the merged ticket stands at the top, rivaled only by Bill Walker's exploits at the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic and the night in June when Byron Mallot caught air in Minto.Dermot Cole
Democrats added two to their ranks in the Alaska House in the recent general election, bringing their total representation in that caucus from 10 to 12, which may not seem like much but represents additional representation in larger committees.Alex DeMarban
After holding on to dwindling hope for days, Sen. Mark Begich on Monday conceded he had lost his U.S. Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan. Alex DeMarban
With many Alaska communities off the main road system, it's uncertain whether marijuana will be allowed on airplanes and ferries when Ballot Measure 2 goes into effect. Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska’s apparent U.S. senator-in-waiting, Dan Sullivan, said he respects the continuing vote counting process but believes it was important to travel to Washington to begin positioning himself to win sought-after committee assignments that will benefit the state.  Alex DeMarban
Outgoing Gov. Sean Parnell said the state's new National Guard leader needs to have the stamp of approval from the incoming administration.Becky Bohrer | The Associated Press

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  • A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

  • President Barack Obama opened up a campaign for his executive actions on immigration Friday as he told an audience of mostly Latino students at a high school rally that Congress had to revamp what he called the nation’s broken immigration system.