Firefighters battling Medfra fire; climber dies on Denali; state to explore privatizing detention centers; Forest Service reminds tourist why glacier is shrinking; birders enjoying rare sighting; veteran teacher retires in Unalaska; bed bug battle includes chocolate

In stalemated Legislature, 'Musk Ox' may hold the key; attorneys in Sockeye fire case ask for more time to prepare, granted; Young, Murkowski to do 'double whammy' on energy bill; researchers study economics of permit ownership, loss; Ruby Marine purchases Inland Barge Service as barge season begins; AK: Young 'Bio Blitzers' explore and examine the Arctic environment; 49 Voices: Bret Connor of Anchorage

Insurance Director tells lawmakers individual market could collapse; House bill streamlines children in state custody; bill with $1B for icebreaker advances to Senate; 'spicy' ocean levels could spell trouble for marine mammal hunting; Department of Fish and Game seeks to prevent closing of caribou hunting to outsiders; brown bears draw hundreds to Alaska Peninsula for spendy spring hunt; man charged after using stolen front loader to rob liquor store; Barrow experiences earliest snowmelt on record; Tanana River erosion closes trail, threatens cabins at Big Delta State Historical Park; Seattle's KPLU meets $7M fundraising goal, avoiding sale Download Audio

Alaska corrections officer faces federal drug charges; U.S. Senate passes bill to use $1 billion from Navy budget for polar icebreaker; Walker ally on gas line board resigns to run for state Senate; former ASD Superintendent to lead Minneapolis Public Schools; attorneys grow impatient in Sockeye Fire trial; $200,000 in state funds spent on PR for beer festival; historic agreement gives Kuskokwim tribes say in fish management; pay boost passed for Anchorage fire and police employees; Downtown Anchorage park to see major safety renovations; after bike impales daughter, mother sends public thank you to good Samaritans Download Audio

At special session legislators come up short for new sources of state revenue; Hilcorp faces massive penalties for safety and environmental violations; 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' scrubbed from 2 U.S. laws yet live on; bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’; Haines and Hydaburg receive grant to jumpstart biomass renewable energy projects; observation group launches info hub on Cook Inlet beluga whales; generational differences among Japanese-American families

Lawmakers have rather slow, short first day of special session; cost for day one of special Legislative session: $520,000; BP announces sale of midtown Anchorage building; UAF works to reduce rural energy costs; Yukon king salmon run predicted to be weaker than average this year; Juneau breaks ground on its new homeless housing initiative; leaner ferry budget could lead to selling of ferry Taku; navigating race as a family Download Audio

Person of interest in Gambell woman's disappearance dies by suicide; legislation in motion to grant tribal entities health care facilities; State, Southeast Conference agree to rework ferry system; flights grounded for Obama stop in Alaska; Mat-Su school board selects new superintendent; new tribal court programs aim to reduce recidivism; geologists look at possibility of tsunami-inducing megaquakes; BBAHC on the frontlines against bed bugs in rural Alaska; AK: Palmer, where the bison roam; 49 Voices: Greg Martinez of Anchorage

Numerous bills remain up in the air as legislators prepare for special session; do Arctic villages need oil? Point Lay leaders say no; cruise ship towns concerned for financial future due to state budget proposals; Legislature passes bills for Alaska military projects; justice still sought a year after Kavairlook killing; federal grant helps Newtok village relocate due to erosion of Ningliq River; two schoolgirls win contest to name two new ferries Download Audio

Legislature looks to finish budget, but special session is likely; lawmakers take oil tax debate down to the wire; lawmakers move $13M from education to oil & gas tax credits; House slides $19M toward unpopular road project without long-term plan; next interim UAF chancellor will be internal candidate; Denali wolf killed in "no wolf kill buffer zone"; Secretary of Agriculture discusses wildfire season with regional forest officials; satellite used to record sea ice data malfunctions; body of missing man found in Ketchikan identified; after glitch, some Alaska seniors see benefit checks cut to $8; Qawalangin tribe discusses resources for the elderly Download Audio

Despite Walker's objections, Legislature considers dipping into Permanent Fund; same but different: how Alaska and Norway are handling low oil prices; plastics, once America's darling, now foreign villain on Alaska shores; respected elders drown In Yukon River near Marshall; Anchorage man mauled by a bear near Yakutat; murder investigation underway at Excursion Inlet; Trump campaign reveals list of Alaska Republican co-chairs and supporters; why Eagle River 8th graders say they want more police Download Audio

Passage of state fiscal budget held up by Legislature; Senate adopts austere capital budget; Kangas: Guilty of first-degree murder of two police officers; Alaska Dems plan to fight for Sanders at DNC; feds may finally sell Anchorage lot where Archives never went; older Alaskans to feel budget axe; Tyonek Corporation expands aircraft maintenance, cyber warfare wing; Alaska Dispatch News drops Associated Press Download Audio

Senate votes to overhaul AK criminal justice system; Alaska Democrats prepare to send delegates to national convention; teenage delegate prepares for Alaska Democratic Convention; University considering accreditation change in face of budget gap; Walker seeks more state input on oil and tax incentives; for Exxon, Point Thomson is down payment on North Slope gas line; hot, dry conditions have Alaska fire pros on alert; AK: Food trucks forging way into Anchorage downtown dining scene; 49 Voices: Palmer and Fena Sagoonick of Shaktoolik Download Audio

Susan Carney to replace Justice Fabe on the AK Supreme Court; floor debate set to begin on oil and gas tax bill; legislators turn down request for $7M for rural school; village of Deering suffers flood from nearby river; Kangas trial finishes presentation of evidence; YKHC Opposes Donlin Mine; budget cuts to close Haines, Wrangell public health offices; Tlingit leader remembered for land claims role; Mat-Su school district faces $9 million deficit; herring eggs: A meal some Anchorage residents want to see more of; Deadliest Catch alum seeks to write book on Unalaskan experiences Download Audio

Myron Naneng Resigns As AVCP President/CEO; jurors hear audio, Trooper investigator testimony in Kangas murder trial; representative, lobbyist argue whether ending tax credits is a money grab; Alaskan storyteller charged with sexual abuse of a minor; Bank threatens to sue the state for $28M over LIO move; Veterans Affairs administrator meets with Alaska vets; one couple, two tales of immigration; Alaska Board of Fisheries looks to restructure how proposals are vetted; Hydaburg to enhance POW wolf study Download Audio

Jury begins to hear case involving the death of two State Troopers in Fairbanks; House Rules Committee holds hearing on oil and gas taxes, first in over three weeks; Shell forfeits Arctic leases once worth $2b; a wrench and a spark shut down TAPS for nine hours; Canadian-based company buys Icicle Seafoods after a year on the market; Sealaska back in seafood business; salmon acceleration up Copper River may be due to early breakup; Walker to name new Supreme Court Justice within the week; Crown Princess makes unexpected stop in Juneau; Palmer meat plant up for sale Download Audio

New bill seeks to insure families of deceased law enforcement and firefighters; Alaska House approves restrictions on sex ed in schools; walrus hauling out at new Bristol Bay spot north of Ugashik; two marine mammal specialists conduct Kodiak’s first whale survey of 2016; US will not support ban on international trade of polar bear products; complications arise in translating ballots to Yu'pik; Tarmac meet & greet for Saab 2000; Fishermen’s Memorial seeks new home Download Audio
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House to continue Medicaid legal challenge; Era Helicopters identifies pilot of crash; Girdwood considering Trooper offer; Hilcorp facing penalties; fish board won't be cut further; study assessing wolf sightings; Healy cabin program wins national attention; dock upgrades could affect Skagway ferry service; AK: Aleknagik artist; 49 Voices: Tim Pominville of Eagle River
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Pilot injured in helo crash; House to vote on criminal justice overhaul; Cook Inlet gets no drilling bids; firefighters contain Sunrise wildfire; Walker unveils tribal advisory council; a special report on two rural schools; solar to help power NW Arctic; Avant Garde arctic art visits ANC; borough takes action on polluting hydronic heaters

Legislature making little public progress; education bill dies in House; educators debate rural school challenges; NTSB says plane hit eagle before crashing; wildfire spotted near Wasilla; Sitka property hit by landslide taxable; liquor store opens in Sitka; researchers assessing ash over Kodiak
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Legislature OKs funds for Wells Fargo building; Paramo selected new ASD superintendent; Mat-Su looking for new superintendent; UAS prof in fair condition after bear mauling; Juneau Assembly Oks new pot rules; warming ocean temps raise concerns over shellfish poisoning; couple finds creative solution to Juneau housing shortage; tribal organization wants to expand programs; researchers want to expand roe markets