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A joint House and Senate committee on Thursday quizzed Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response Director Kristin Ryan on a new set of regulations that they say could be overly burdensome to companies and people throughout the state.

The Alaska Senate has approved a bill that calls for records of acquittals, dismissed cases and dropped cases to be erased from the state's online court record system.

North Slope officials have called for a special election to recall Mayor Charlotte Brower after residents successfully gathered enough signatures on a petition. Download Audio

Gov. Bill Walker's administration is proposing a renewed focus on cracking down on waste and fraud in Alaska's Medicaid program.

Gov. Bill Walker says he wants the state and the North Slope's major producers to reach agreement on key contracts and issues related to a major gas project before the end of the current legislative session

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has turned down a proposed change to marijuana regulations that would have made it easier for southeast and rural Alaska communities to comply with testing requirements.

The Alaska Department of Transportation is taking additional steps to protect the northern section of the highway that leads to North Slope oil fields.

A Kodiak man has been sentenced to six years in jail with four suspended for fatally stabbing another man while demonstrating his martial arts moves.

Alaska Democratic party leaders have approved allowing candidates not affiliated with a political party to run in the Democratic primary.

A case between two tribes over the alleged misuse of federal transportation funds has been dismissed in Alaska's Superior Court.

Fairbanks has been selected to host the next ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in 2017.

A 19-year-old Soldotna woman died Monday in a head-on crash on the Sterling Highway.

Miller Energy Resources has agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that it inflated the value of its Alaska oil and gas properties by more than $400 million. Download Audio

The former superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park who was terminated for the second time last month has filed a lawsuit over allegations of gender and racial discrimination.

Alaska finished 2015 with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. The state labor department says the December seasonally adjusted rate compares to 6.4 percent in November. The unemployment rate in December 2014 was 6.4 percent.

A bill that would update Alaska's Military Code of Justice and strengthen penalties for certain violations has advanced from the House Judiciary Committee.
Common Murres, like the one held by Wildlife Biologist Leslie Slater on the beach along the Spit in Homer, are turning up along beaches all around the Kachemak Bay area.

A federal agency is calling for more research into large-scale mortality of common murres and other seabirds off Alaska's coast. Download Audio

The head of the Alaska Marine Highway System says the ferry system's fleet needs to downsize amid proposed cuts to operations in the next fiscal year.

Power has been restored to the village of Newtok in southwestern Alaska after the community's only generator malfunctioned over the weekend.

An Anchorage representative and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska are teaming up to support two privacy bills. The bills are aimed at protecting students and employees from having to provide access to personal social media accounts under coercion or threat.