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The defense team of James Michael Wells began calling witnesses Thursday as the federal murder trial playing out in Anchorage neared the end of its third week. Wells' personal physician took the stand, as well as an automobile expert.
Jerzy Shedlock
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
In this week’s journey into the amazing U.S.A., Sarah Palin wants to know: “Arrr ya ready for adventure?”Film & TVMaia Nolan-Partnow
OPINION: The Alaska Legislature is poised to commit the state to a path to ownership in a pipeline project we cannot afford, and to paying costs for shipping gas we do not produce. And despite the administration’s assurances, many of the project's waypoints may be signed without public involvement or legislative approval.CommentaryLisa Weissler
OPINION: I am a registered Republican who's fed up with politicians who do whatever it takes to get into office, and whatever it takes to keep power. I intend to help others like me take the Republican party back.CommentaryCarol Carman

News & Politics

Parnell appointments sail through Legislature, despite bubbling controversies

The Alaska Legislature confirmed Texan Richard Rabinow to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and Bernie Washington to the State Assessment Review Board. The controversial appointments were among dozens considered in a joint session Thursday.Pat Forgey

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

Voices

Alaska gas line revenues could hit $4 billion, but don't count the money just yet

OPINION: It's possible that a gas pipeline could generate $4 billion a year a decade from now. But if oil and gas prices tank while construction costs shoot up, the state could collect 10 percent of that amount. In thinking about a gas pipeline, Alaskans shouldn't think of the much-quoted $4 billion forecast as a given.Dermot Cole

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