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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
The Walker administration intends to open a new era of relations between tribal and other governments that will have them working together to improve Alaskans' lives, said Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, the first Alaska Native to hold such a statewide office. Pat Forgey
The Coast Guard has begun accepting public comment on proposed vessel routes to the Arctic Ocean off western and northwest Alaska.Associated Press
ANALYSIS: As Alaska politicians bluster over the Obama administration's actions on the development potential for ANWR and the Arctic Ocean, one question should be on everyone's mind: which location actually has the most potential? The answer, of course, is complicated.Alex DeMarban,Yereth Rosen
A Bethel man who raped a young girl when he was a juvenile was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 50 years for sexually abusing the same girl in 2011, along with 15 additional years for abusing two others, according to the Bethel district attorney.Lisa Demer
The Obama administration will move to block oil and gas leasing permanently on about 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska's northern coast, citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling.Krestia DeGeorge,Nathaniel Herz
Scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea in the spring.Yereth Rosen
A Lower Kalskag man has been arrested on multiple charges including assault and drunken driving after his SUV collided with a four-wheeler carrying four kids, according to Alaska State Troopers.Jerzy Shedlock
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
The Alaska Bush Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relies on teleconferencing to connect members in rural Alaska in services that span hundreds of miles.JoAnne Knight
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