The U.S. Senate passed a bill late Monday to establish a commission to find out how federal programs can better serve the nation's struggling Native youth.

Erica Martinson
Alaska state legislators on Tuesday settled in for the long haul, with one Republican leader saying he was optimistic in thinking that a budget deal could be done by the weekend.Nathaniel Herz
Along with layoff notices mailed to some 10,000 state employees Monday, state government departments announced which services they would curtail or eliminate should the Alaska Legislature's budget impasse continue and a partial government shutdown occur with the start of the July 1 fiscal year.Jeannette Lee Falsey
Gov. Bill Walker said Monday he’s still hoping for a budget solution from the Alaska Legislature but that without one he has no choice but to move forward with planning for a shutdown of unfunded government agencies.Pat Forgey
The Alaska Senate stopped short of a vote Monday morning that would almost certainly have prolonged the Legislature’s impasse over a state budget, choosing instead to break for lunch and review a last-minute letter from the House Democratic leader that appeared to be a new opening in negotiations.Nathaniel Herz
With a government shutdown looming July 1 and layoff notices to 10,000 state employees set to be mailed Monday, the Alaska Legislature remained locked in inaction Sunday.Nathaniel Herz
Anchorage Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz is set to hold a “final fundraiser” Wednesday at the Turnagain home of former Democratic Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield in an effort to erase some campaign debts.Devin Kelly
Alaska Senate leaders on Sunday formally rejected a compromise budget offer handed to them the day before by the House, with the senators saying they wanted to negotiate a different deal.Nathaniel Herz
A budget deal painstakingly negotiated in the Alaska House dropped dead on arrival in the Senate on Saturday, raising doubts about the Legislature’s ability to finish its business before layoff notices are mailed to 10,000 state workers Monday.Nathaniel Herz
The House's budget deal got to the Senate Saturday, but faced uncertainty and big hurdles there.Nathaniel Herz