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On the second-to-last day of the 2014 legislative session, the Senate unanimously passed a big cash infusion to help pay down retirement debt for teachers and public employees.
Pat Forgey
Reversing course from a proposal made Friday, the committee said that funding for additional programs -- including benefits for home-schooled children, charter schools and residential schools -- would be on top of an extra $100 million going to schools this year.
Pat Forgey
The Legislature is expected on Sunday to approve a complex gas pipeline bill that would trigger new negotiations with the oil companies on a project to tap into a vast North Slope resource and help sustain the Alaska economy for decades — if things go according to plan.
Dermot Cole
A new report says commercial maritime activity in Alaska's Arctic waters will likely be limited in the next decade due to high operating costs, lack of infrastructure, and limited demand for tourism.
Yereth Rosen
With so many military wrecks scattered across Alaska, author Nicolas Veronico's close look at hunting and recovering warbirds around the world is a real eye-opener. Bush PilotColleen Mondor
Unplanned events -- like fixing or replacing a broken snowmachine -- come with the territory for scientists whose research takes them to broad, bare expanses of the North Slope's coastal plain.ScienceNed Rozell
OPINION: Having an issue with Republican Party leadership is understandable, but that's no excuse to smear a good candidate with a long history of public service in a host of elected offices because he doesn't satisfy an unattainable purity test.CommentaryJim Colver

News & Politics

Legislators put $25,000 into draft budget to 'influence' initiative elections

The big ticket items in the Legislature -- from the gas pipeline to education and the budget -- have yet to be approved. But one small item revealed late Saturday could lead to a big debate -- putting $25,000 in the state budget for "information that may influence the outcome of an election on initiatives" this year.Dermot Cole

Arctic

Law enforcement in northern Canada: Booze seized in Northwest Territories, new 911 service eyed in Yukon

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police found vodka, beer and other contraband in vehicles stopped on winter roads. Yukon officials, meanwhile, are hoping to expand 911 service beyond the Whitehorse area. CBC News

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