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The Alaska Labor Department said the seafood processing industry added more than 1,000 jobs to handle last year’s record run of pink salmon. Also important were 750 additional workers added in the health care and the social services sector.

Alex DeMarban
The Alaska Legislature on Sunday passed a funding package to put $3 billion toward Alaska teachers' and public employees' retirement systems, but will cost the state an additional $2.7 billion in the years ahead, according to an analysis of the plan.Pat Forgey
But with the potential for a well-supplied market, there is some concern about the prices taking a hit from the higher numbers of fish forecast in 2014.Dave Bendinger
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
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
ANALYSIS: State officials say there is a public interest in keeping the Petro Star refineries in business, which is why they support a subsidy plan. No one has said that the Tesoro refinery is likely to shut down, though, which is a good reason to take Tesoro out of the bill.Dermot Cole

As house hunters in Anchorage desperately seek affordable homes, attractive, affordable real estate is readily available -- for those who are willing to live with a bit of a commute.

Megan Edge
After the national economic crash in 2007-08, the housing and renting market in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough fell off. But these days both the construction and buying markets have become quite competitive. Megan Edge
Under a bill approved by the state House Thursday, the film tax credit program would disappear unless the Legislature renews it in 2016. The bill also provides for a review of other examples of the state's indirect spending through credits and fee waivers -- except for credits related to non-renewable resources.Dermot Cole
As the Legislature nears the final days of its 2014 session, with most major issues unresolved, a plan to subsidize in-state Alaska refineries won House approval Thursday. The first Senate hearing is set for Friday.Dermot Cole

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