The state filed suit Thursday against the current and former owners of the North Pole refinery, seeking damages from Flint Hills and Williams for past and future cleanup costs stemming from sulfolane pollution that extends 3 miles.
Officials defended state plans to build a 200-mile road to the Ambler mining district, an isolated area with known mineral resources and no surface access, as well as a 50-mile road out of Juneau, the state capitol that can only be reached by air and sea.Pat Forgey
Leon Outwater, 22, previously employed as a village police officer in the tiny community of Kobuk, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor. He allegedly asked a 12-year-old girl for sex 20 times.Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska has spent years attempting to get Exxon to develop its huge Point Thomson gas field on Prudhoe Bay. Gov. Parnell dropped the state's effort to take back the Point Thomson leases in exchange for Exxon beginning work on producing there.Pat Forgey
A 53-year-old man has been charged with six felonies following a seven-month investigation into irregularities in samples used as controls for testing illegal drugs at the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory in Anchorage.Jerzy Shedlock
A new report from Legislative Research Services shows that the state's major school districts would still face millions in budget shortfalls despite Gov. Parnell's proposal to increase the yearly funding formula by $85 per student next year.Alaska Dispatch
Anchorage-based Holly Nordlum, originally from Kotzebue, was selected as one of five artists nationwide to participate in the Smithsonian Institution's Artist Leadership program. She'll spend time working at the National Museum of the American Indian, and with schoolkids in Anchorage.Jillian Rogers
Iditarod Trail Invitational cyclist Jeff Oatley on Wednesday did what everyone -- really, everyone -- thought was impossible: He completed the ride to Nome in 10 days, smashing the previous record by a full week.Craig Medred
Barbara Bush, matriarch of her family's political dynasty, now thinks maybe it's OK for son Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016. But a new poll shows nearly half of Americans would definitely not support a Jeb Bush campaign.