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Andrew Harnik
President Barack Obama greets members of the audience after delivering remarks at Kotzebue School, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Kotzebue, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First president to enter the Arctic

KOTZEBUE - President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming.

by JOSH LEDERMAN

Medicaid expansion sees small increase

The first day of Medicaid expansion wasn't Black Friday. For Alaska's Public Assistance Offices, it was just a slightly busier Tuesday in the office.
JAMES BROOKS

Mat-Su Assembly approves $1.75M sale of Susitna ferry to Philippines

ANCHORAGE - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough's big boat nightmare might finally be over. Borough Manager John Moosey got approval from the Mat-Su Assembly late Tuesday night to sell the M/V Susitna ferry for $1.75 million to the Philippine...
ELWOOD BREHMER

Economist: ConocoPhillips layoffs have broad reach

ANCHORAGE - In wake of the announcement by energy company ConocoPhillips that it may cut about 120 jobs in Alaska, a state economist said the damage could have been worse.

Alaska Supreme Court to hear school funding lawsuit soon

KETCHIKAN - Attorneys for both the state of Alaska and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough are preparing to make their cases on education funding before the Alaska Supreme Court this month. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Sept.

Obama's fish tale: Getting salmon milt on his shoes

DILLINGHAM - This oh-my moment was nowhere on the official schedule for President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska: salmon spawning on his shoes. "You see that?" Obama declared Wednesday as he gripped a fish with two hands. "Something's got...
JOSH LEDERMAN

Residents of eroding village welcome Obama's attention

ANCHORAGE — Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build...
RACHEL D'ORO

Lab accidentally sent live anthrax to Alaska

The Department of Defense accidentally shipped live anthrax to Alaska, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

North America's tallest mountain gets new name - and height

ANCHORAGE - North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation. Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known Mount McKinley, is now officially 10 feet shorter, measuring 20,310 feet at its highest...
RACHEL D'ORO

Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits state

WASHINGTON -Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia, but officials said they don't view the ships as a threat as President Barack Obama travels in Alaska near the...
LOLITA C. BALDOR

Shell prez: 'Oil will be required for long time'

ANCHORAGE - The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.
Dan Joling

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