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Representatives from Planned Parenthood, a union of current and former sex workers, small business owners and others testified on a bill that would require insurance companies to pay claims for women to get up to one year's worth of contraception at a time.

Ten days after the death of Anchorage state Rep. Max Gruenberg, legislators are moving to fill the gaps on committees that the House minority whip left behind.

A legislative committee will hear a bill that would levy a personal income tax on Alaskans later than anticipated. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee was to have heard the bill Tuesday afternoon, but testimony on another bill before the committee ran long.

A lack of snow in interior Alaska helped the state's first wildfire of 2016 burn open tundra. The Alaska Division of Forestry says in a statement that the fire started and was extinguished Monday on military land about 10 miles south of Delta Junction. The agency says the fire was started by live-fire training. Firefighters from the Fort Greely Fire Department extinguished the fire.

A lack of snow in interior Alaska helped the state's first wildfire of 2016 to burn on open tundra. The Alaska Division of Forestry says in a statement that the fire started and was extinguished Monday on military land about 10 miles south of Delta Junction.

Calista Corp. is announcing a record dividend for shareholders of the regional Alaska Native corporation.

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached settlement agreements with four southcentral Alaska gas stations that violated federal law for underground tanks.

With his family watching from the gallery, the Alaska House of Representatives approved naming the Capitol's House Judiciary Committee room after the late state Rep. Max Gruenberg. The Anchorage Democrat died Sunday at age 72. He served on the committee throughout his longtime tenure. Download Audio

A co-chair of the House Finance Committee says the panel is working hard to get the state operating budget to the House floor by March 9.

Fishing industry and lawmakers puzzled over the origins of a proposed one percent tax increase in fisheries business taxes and fishery resource landing taxes.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the agency continues to investigate the deaths of 25 Pacific walrus found dead five months ago in northwest Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says more bears have been coming out of hibernation earlier than usual this year, with multiple bear sightings already reported in Anchorage.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has rejected a proposal by Alaska Democrats to allow candidates not affiliated with a political party to run in the Democratic primary.

Democrats are accepting applications for a successor to state Rep. Max Gruenberg, who died Sunday. In a release, the state Democratic party and House District 16 Democrats say the deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. Monday.

State Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers has announced his retirement. He cited personal reasons for his decision in an email to department staff Tuesday. His retirement will be effective March 1.

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he will not run for any elected office this year. In an interview with The Associated Press, Begich says he has felt pressure from Alaskans to run but for now wants to focus on building his consulting business and spend time with his family.

A North Pole senator has introduced a bill that would require Alaska's doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.

Organizers have decided that a lack of snow in the Anchorage area won't force a route change for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The start of the race will be staged as usual in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. Download Audio

Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting on the Kenai Peninsula that left a man wounded.

Another low snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the world's most famous sled dog race, at least for the start.