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Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

A coalition of environmental groups says it’s planning to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.

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March 2, 2015
Rep. Benjamin Nageak addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, Feb. 4, 2015. He was speaking as the primary sponsor of HJR 10, a resolution opposing the revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

State Rep. Nageak Taken From Capitol By Ambulance

A Barrow state representative was taken by ambulance from the state Capitol Wednesday. House Speaker Mike Chenault said Rep. Benjamin Nageak, a Democrat from Barrow, wasn’t feeling well and given his medical history, it was thought better to have Nageak checked by medical personnel than to do nothing.

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February 25, 2015

Lawmakers Weigh Exempting Alaska From Daylight Saving Time

A state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time. The bill, from Sen. Anna MacKinnon, moved from the Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

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February 10, 2015

Alaska Lawmaker Introduces Right-To-Die Legislation

An Anchorage lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow terminally ill patients the right to decide to end their lives with the help of a physician.

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February 9, 2015

State Seeks Delay In Indian Country Expansion

Governor Bill Walker’s administration is seeking more time to assess the potential impact of expanding Indian Country in Alaska.

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February 6, 2015

Senate Finance Considering Bringing On Former Commissioners As Consultants

The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.

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January 20, 2015

Lack Of Snow Could Again Send Iditarod Start To Fairbanks

Southcentral Alaska’s lack of snow and uncertain weather is again pushing organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to ponder moving the start of the race from Willow to Fairbanks.

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January 20, 2015

Meyer Decides Against Pierre Contract For Press Work

The incoming Alaska Senate president has decided against hiring a former state military affairs official to help the Senate majority press office this session.

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January 13, 2015

Halcro Files Letter Of Intent In Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Former Alaska legislator Andrew Halcro has filed a letter of intent to run for mayor of Anchorage. Halcro filed the letter, signaling his interest in seeking the post, with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on Friday.

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January 9, 2015

Special Investigator Planned To Look Into National Guard Allegation

Attorney General Craig Richards is in the process of hiring a special investigator to look into the handling of sexual assault complaints within the Alaska National Guard.

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January 5, 2015

Traffic Deaths Jump To Highest Level Since 2007

The state Highway Safety Office says traffic fatalities climbed in 2014. Sixty-five people died in wrecks last year, more than the previous six years and the most since 75 people died in 2007.

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January 2, 2015

New Charges Filed In Homer Sexual Assault Case

The attorney for a Homer man suspected of harassing an intoxicated, unconscious teenager at a 2012 party says his client will plead guilty to felony evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges.

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January 2, 2015

Lance Mackey Enters 2015 Yukon Quest Field

One of the biggest names in long-distance dog mushing has signed up for the Yukon Quest, the 1,000-mile race between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and Fairbanks.

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December 30, 2014

Troopers Seek Public’s Help In Locating Missing Wisconsin Man

Alaska State Troopers are seeking the public’s help in a search for a 72-year-old Wisconsin man who disappeared in August.

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December 30, 2014

Alaska Prepares to Offer Grizzly License Plates

Alaska is bringing back the bear to license plates. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaskans next spring will be able to choose license plates of blue and gold that reflect state flag colors or a new version of plates last offered in 1976 that feature a grizzly bear.

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December 30, 2014

Woman Killed in Anchorage Pedestrian Crash

Anchorage police say a woman died when she was struck by a vehicle as she walked on a rural municipal street.

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December 29, 2014

Minimum Wage Measure Could Boost Bus Driver Pay

A decision by voters to increase Alaska’s minimum wage could bring a bump in the minimum that must be paid to the state’s school bus drivers.

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December 23, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Alaska Prosecutor’s Shooting Death

An Alaska grand jury has indicted a 47-year-old man accused of shooting a prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman.

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December 19, 2014

Walker Considers Delay in Legal Marijuana Sales

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he’s considering a 90-day delay in implementing legal marijuana sales. Alaska voters in November approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

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December 19, 2014

Broker Enrolls About 1K Alaskans In Latest Signup

A broker established to help individuals sign up for private health insurance has enrolled about 1,000 Alaskans in the first month of the latest open enrollment period.

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December 17, 2014