2015 saw increased attention paid to the Arctic from the state, the nation and the world. How does Gov. Bill Walker plan to respond to the rapid changes in the region?Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
House Bill 55 is sponsored by state Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, who said the bill was inspired by the Fairbanks Four case, although because they were technically not exonerated, they would not reap the benefits of the bill.Megan Edge
Joy Bunde, a business marketer who worked for 12 years at Anchorage TV stations, said Friday she's running for a South Anchorage Assembly seat. Bunde is the daughter of longtime Republican state Sen. Con Bunde. Devin Kelly
Outgoing Alaska education commissioner Mike Hanley said Friday he had professional disagreements with the state board of education. But he said that's not a "sour grapes statement."Becky Bohrer | Associated Press

Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said Friday that the state was launching a new push to prosecute former Veco chief Bill Allen for sex crimes. But a hurdle remains in the form of the U.S. Department of Justice, which would have to sign off for Richards’ office to prosecute Allen under an updated 1910 federal sex trafficking law called the Mann Act.

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Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said Friday the state was launching a new push to prosecute former Veco chief Bill Allen for sex crimes. But the U.S. Department of Justice must first sign off on the plan.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan have scheduled an announcement Friday about a possible state investigation of Bill Allen, the former Veco chief.Nathaniel Herz

A lawsuit by the Republican-led Alaska Legislature to halt Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion inched forward Thursday morning, Feb. 4, 2016, as both sides made their cases in Superior Court, with the judge telling them not to expect a decision until the end of March.


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Both sides made their case in Superior Court Thursday regarding the Alaska Legislature's lawsuit against Gov. Bill Walker's expansion of Medicaid.Laurel Andrews
Don Hadley, 73, said Wednesday he was no longer running for the East Anchorage Assembly seat, a decision based on "party unity." Devin Kelly