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An alternative energy project receiving $3.4 million in federal economic stimulus funds is in shambles.  Bird-friendly wind turbines that were to power the offices of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Western Alaska are sitting in a pile on the ground.

Craig Medred
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 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
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
ANALYSIS: Demand for liquefied natural gas is steadily rising, and anxiety is growing about supply and where prices will wind up after a host of new projects come online worldwide.Bill White
A bill to subsidize in-state refineries Alaska refineries expanded Tuesday with the addition of the shuttered Agrium fertilizer plant. The $10 million amendment, introduced by House Speaker Mike Chenault, was introduced at 9:25 a.m. and adopted two minutes later, with one minute for public testimony in between. Dermot Cole
By a vote of 13-7 Tuesday, the Alaska Senate passed legislation that would allow out-of-state appointees of the governor to sit on the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.Pat Forgey
A scaled-down plan to assist three in-state refineries in North Pole, Valdez and Kenai faces a vote in the state House this week. It could cost the state $150 million over the next five years, but it might not be enough, some legislators warned. Dermot Cole
A revised five-year financial aid package of up to $300 million for Alaska refineries failed to win the endorsement of the House Finance Committee Friday night, but supporters pledged to keep searching for a compromise.Dermot Cole
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

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