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Alaska-Alberta rail project may have a problem: Regulators are investigating its financier

The founder of the Alaska-Alberta rail project paid millions to benefit its lender's CEO, regulators say.
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Bronson takes a slim lead in the Anchorage mayoral runoff

Retired commercial pilot Dave Bronson took a slim lead in the runoff election for Anchorage mayor on Wednesday. With about 76,000 votes counted, Bronson leads over Assembly member Forrest Dunbar by under 278 votes. Only about 4,000 votes were added to the count between Tuesday and Wednesday.

New proposal from Gov. Dunleavy would put PFD in Constitution, along with rural electricity fund

The proposal aims to defuse long-running, time-consuming fights over the size of the Permanent Fund dividend and government spending. This year's PFD would be $2,350 if the plan is approved.
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Alaska lawmakers confirm attorney general, department heads

Alaska legislators confirmed Gov. Dunleavy cabinet appointees Tuesday, including commissioners of Public Safety and Revenue, and his Attorney General.
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Alaska Legislature rejects Dunleavy nominee to Board of Fish

The Alaska Legislature rejected one of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s nominees to the state Board of Fisheries on Tuesday.
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Kristie Babcock appointed to Alaska Judicial Council

Babcock, who is married to the former chair of the Alaska Republican Party, was opposed by some legislators who raised concerns about geographic representation on the Judicial Council.
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Alaska Supreme Court upholds legality of fish landing tax

A raw fish tax that has pumped tens of millions of dollars into coastal communities over the past decade has survived a legal challenge before Alaska’s highest court.
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Illegal Facebook gambling in Y-K Delta draws scrutiny

Regulators and some community members fear that the illegal bingo and pulltab games could be drawing money away from nonprofits who rely on revenue from legal gambling. A moderator says it's a COVID-safe pastime that raises money for unofficial charities.
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Alaska Court System services slowly coming back online after cyberattack

After nearly two weeks, the Alaska Court System’s email came back online on Tuesday. In the interim, some court functions had to revert to using fax machines.
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Anchorage mayor’s race too close to call, with thousands of ballots left to count

Forrest Dunbar leads Dave Bronson in a narrow race, but full results won't be known for weeks.

No, you are not imagining it. Prices for a lot of things did jump in April

Consumer prices surged 4.2% in April from the depressed levels of a year earlier when the global economy was hit hard by the coronavius pandemic, according to the Labor Department on Wednesday.

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy’s top rural affairs advisor departs, and tribal and fishing leaders wonder why

Moller was a trusted advisor to Dunleavy, having co-chaired his successful 2018 gubernatorial campaign, and his portfolio included work with the fishing industry and Alaska Native issues. The governor's office won't say if he resigned or was fired.
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15 years after VECO scandal, Stevens’ new oil job renews old ethics questions

A decade after the VECO corruption scandal pushed lawmakers to pass sweeping ethics reforms, Ben Stevens — one of the scandal's central figures — has prompted new ethical questions by moving from a powerful government job to an executive post at oil company ConocoPhillips.
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House passes budget, leaving potential gap from federal relief rules

The budget includes most of what Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed for state agencies. But it doesn’t include funding for permanent fund dividends.
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Anchorage’s new police chief wants to prioritize building community trust

Anchorage's first Black police chief said his said his top priority will be building trust in the community, particularly with communities of color.

Organizers in Alaska face tough choices over bringing back summer events

According to Anchorage Recreation Superintendent Brad Cooke, who handles permitting for local outdoor events and helps create mitigation plans, organizers are frequently capable of meeting safety recommendations. But Cooke said doing so often makes the event financially impossible or too different.

FAQ: What you need to know about Pfizer’s COVID vaccine and adolescents

The authorization expands the pool of eligible vaccine recipients to about 87% of the total U.S. population, covering an additional 17 million children, and comes at a time when people under age 18 account for one 1 of every 5 newly reported coronavirus infections.
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Alaska House passes budget; PFD amount unsettled

The Alaska House passed a version of the state operating budget Monday that leaves for later debate over how much to pay residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund for this year’s dividend.
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How a troubled Anchorage strip club transformed into Baptist church

The team that turned Fantasies on 5th into Open Door Baptist say the coincidences that allowed them to create a Baptist church at the site during a global pandemic were serendipitous.