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Becky Bohrer | The Associated Press
Alaska Senate President Kevin Meyer, right, and House Speaker Mike Chenault speak to reporters after the Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline proposal by Gov. Bill Walker.

Pipeline bill sets up showdown with Walker

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate passed legislation Tuesday to temporarily restrict participation by a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker.

by Becky Bohrer

Shell gets OK for Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE - The Department of the Interior said Tuesday that it has affirmed corrections to an environmental analysis of a 2008 Arctic Ocean petroleum lease sale that brought in $2.7 billion for the federal government.
Dan Joling

Ideal growing conditions lead to Fairbanks birch seed boom

FAIRBANKS - A rusty brown substance is covering snow melting in Fairbanks, and foresters say it's good news for people with allergies. The substance is a massive crop of birch seeds, produced by trees growing in ideal conditions since last...

Alaska lawmakers divided on public spending for art

JUNEAU - A House committee took no action Tuesday on a bill that would end a program guaranteeing state spending on public art. House State Affairs heard public testimony opposing the bill from Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla.
MOLLY DISCHNER

Fairbanks population shrinks in new estimates

FAIRBANKS - The population continues to shrink in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, which lost the greatest number of residents in Alaska during a recent one-year period, according to the latest estimates.

Coast Guard hosts forum in Anchorage

The U.S. Coast Guard is holding a forum April 10 in Anchorage to discuss changes to the regulations covering standards for the license required to become a restricted operator of an uninspected passenger vessel. The meeting will take place...

Vehicles of Sudanese refugees vandalized

ANCHORAGE - Sudanese refugees living in Anchorage were targets of weekend vandalism that left their cars covered in messages demanding that they leave their adopted home.
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