Politics

The Aug. 31 conference that will bring President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and a slew of foreign ministers to Anchorage will be a hybrid event focusing on Arctic and climate-change challenges, according to the State Department. Erica Martinson
No deal has been finalized, but downtown bars and restaurants are rallying support for a program that would add up to six overtime Anchorage police officers to the downtown patrol area at bar break time, paid for by the businesses themselves. Devin Kelly
Rep. Don Young says he mistakenly voted for a bill that would prohibit states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered fish. He now says he's against it. Erica Martinson
The North Slope Borough paid $8,400 to fly five of Mayor Charlotte Brower’s grandchildren from Barrow to a basketball camp in California last August, among other expenditures, according to borough documents.Nathaniel Herz
Sen. Lisa Murkowski launched a new effort Thursday to secure state revenues from offshore oil drilling and lift the ban on U.S. exports of crude oil.Erica Martinson
Bill Bennett, British Columbia's minister of energy and mines is expected to visit Alaska in August at the invitation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Mallott visited B.C. in May to discuss trans-boundary water issues. Associated Press
A new study commissioned by the Alaska Legislature says that the state’s school funding program largely works well for its school districts, and found that an increasing proportion of spending on instruction is tied to better student performance.Nathaniel Herz
The Alaska Senate’s ex-spokeswoman will serve at least two months in jail after agreeing to plead guilty to a felony count of assault, the Anchorage district attorney said Wednesday.Nathaniel Herz
A federal judge ordered that the state of Alaska cover the legal costs of the winning side in a lawsuit over opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Lisa Demer
Sen. Lisa Murkowski released a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday with the hope that bipartisan compromise will get it to the president’s desk.Erica Martinson