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Only a tiny portion of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally reside in Alaska. But experts say President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration could still have wide-ranging effects on some who live and work in the state.

Nathaniel Herz
ANALYSIS: An Alaska oil price of close to $70 per barrel means rock-bottom revenue for the state, and a tax rate so low that it's conceivable some new oil development projects would pay nothing in production taxes.Dermot Cole
In a 30-minute phone conversation, Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan spoke about his efforts to set up his new office, his first steps once he’s sworn in, and whether he’d support a government shutdown over President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.Nathaniel Herz
The Alaska Public Offices Commission Wednesday rejected marijuana activist Charlo Greene's objection to a subpoena related to an investigation into whether she violated campaign finance laws; Greene says she does not intend to comply.Suzanna Caldwell
The Alaska Division of Elections announced the certification of three ballot measures Wednesday, beginning the 90-day countdown to the enactment of the measures passed by voters, including legalization of marijuana. Laurel Andrews
Incoming governor Bill Walker continued to flesh out his cabinet on Tuesday, announcing new appointments as the clock ticked toward Monday's inauguration, including naming his law partner Craig Richards as attorney general.Alex DeMarban
A number of committees submitted numerous ambitious goals for the incoming administration of Gov.-elect Bill Walker, including possibly suspending some of the state's numerous mega-projects pending financial review and balancing the state's budget by the end of his term.Alex DeMarban

A number of committees submitted numerous ambitious goals for the incoming administration of Gov.-elect Bill Walker, including possibly suspending some of the state's numerous mega-projects pending financial review and balancing the state's budget by the end of his term.

Alex DeMarban
The Alaska green rush is underway, with three different marijuana trade shows planned in Anchorage starting in March 2015. Laurel Andrews,Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska's Gov.-elect, Bill Walker, will be sworn into office in the state capital, leading to sighs of relief in Juneau, which is still smarting from former Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to be inaugurated in Fairbanks.Pat Forgey

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  • As the marijuana industry expands into a multibillion-dollar business, the need for proper banking services continues to intensify. Attempts by the Obama administration earlier in the year to ease the problem have so far failed to spark widespread change.

  • The oil cartel OPEC decided Thursday not to cut petroleum production, despite the plunge in prices in recent months that has indicated the diminishing clout of the organization.