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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
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
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
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
Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana has supporters concerned the measure is a step in the wrong direction, and in its current form, may make already complicated marijuana laws in Alaska even more difficult to navigate.Suzanna Caldwell
Gov. Bill Walker named four people to the University of Alaska Board of Regents Monday, replacing regents whose terms expire next month.Michelle Theriault Boots
In a sign the honeymoon may be nearing an end for Gov. Bill Walker, an Alaska tribal government is blasting him for promoting a ConocoPhillips project that would result in the first oil production from federal lands in the nation’s largest undeveloped reserve.Alex DeMarban
A canceled Alaska ferry dock project in the Canadian port of Prince Rupert has been a focus of a high-level dispute over U.S.-Canada trade policy, but Alaska officials say Canada's stance on the project will mostly hurt Canadian workers.Pat Forgey
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has staked her claim in the Senate despite a controversial start in that body, including winning a hard-fought write-in campaign in 2010, and assuming leadership in the energy committee.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers