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A handful of Alaskans are looking to make sure a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in Alaska doesn't come to pass.

Suzanna Caldwell
A woman claims that long-time Anchorage attorney Peter Walton breached a contract when his family reclaimed property that he had leased to her for 60 years. The two had allegedly made an agreement that Walton would provide Mia Tan with housing in return for companionship for the rest of his life.Laurel Andrews
The first order of business for the Anchorage Assembly after the April 1 election was to elect a new chair and vice-chair.Sean Doogan
Amy Winczura ended her college career as one of Alaska’s most decorated gymnasts, with a 2013 national championship on the vault and six All-America honors.Van Williams
The Kamchatka volcanoes are Shiveluch, Klyuchevskaya, Bezymianny, Kizimen and Karymsky, NASA said. Of the five, 15,580-foot Kluychevskaya is the tallest, while 5,039-foot Karymsky, which has erupted regularly since 1996, is the most active.Alaska Dispatch
A measure aimed at eliminating the sale of synthetic drugs like Spice was approved by the Wasilla City Council Monday, mimicking an approach recently adopted in Anchorage.Sean Doogan
Education advocates were optimistic after a day of hearings in the Senate Finance Committee on a bill that could boost the base student allocation by about $300.Pat Forgey
A bill to define "medically necessary" abortions funded through Medicaid is on its way to the governor's desk. Critics said it is also on its way to a constitutional court challenge.Dermot Cole
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
Testimony Monday in the trial of James Wells -- accused of double murder on a Kodiak Coast Guard base in April 2012 -- centered on Wells' possible movements on the day of the murder and a gun that went missing from a safe years before.Jerzy Shedlock