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Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday named the public members of a board created to review the state’s oil and gas tax regime, and all have ties to industry, including two who used to work for Veco, the defunct oil-field contractor at the center of the 2006 corruption scandal tied to oil taxes. Richard Mauer
This debate was different from previous tax-cut debates, with panelists asking the questions instead of a moderator, leading to more back-and-forth and sometimes pointed exchanges. Meantime, the audience – generally older and cheering loudest for repeal arguments -- submitted more than 50 questions, only a few of which could be addressed before time ran out.   Alex DeMarban
Under the terms of a broad legislative grant of secrecy governing gas pipeline work, a new joint venture agreement between the state and the oil companies including a state commitment of up to $125 million will remain confidential to the public and to legislators.Dermot Cole
In meeting that stretched four and a half hours Wednesday, a Kuskokwim River salmon advisory group agreed to set aside proposals to declare “no confidence” in Alaska's subsistence and commercial fishing managers and instead work within the system.Lisa Demer
Russia's Rosneft oil company, facing U.S. sanctions following Russia's seizure of part of neighboring Ukraine, won't be buying part of the huge Point Thomson natural gas field on Alaska's North Slope, Exxon Mobil said Wednesday.Pat Forgey
A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a group looking to ban commercial setnet fishing in Alaska's urban areas, saying the measure can go before voters.Suzanna Caldwell
The Mat-Su Borough has denied a permit necessary for a Meadow Lakes company that operated for years without permits to continue supplying gravel to a big Parks Highway project.Zaz Hollander
A decision by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to allow three commercial fishing openers outraged some subsistence fisherman, who say that without chinooks this year, they are relying on silver salmon to get enough fish for the winter.Lisa Demer
Both opponents and proponents of the ballot measure to overturn Senate Bill 21, Alaska's new oil-tax regime, will have an opportunity to question one another in a debate Wednesday night.Alex DeMarban

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