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James Brooks | Juneau Empire
Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, prepares to gavel the Senate into recess on Sunday evening, April 19, 2015. Sunday was the 90th day of the first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. The Legislature will resume business today.

After budget, legislators' work might not be done

Efforts to reach agreement on a state spending plan continued Monday, as the Legislature went into overtime. But even after a budget is finalized, legislators' work may not be done.

by Becky Bohrer

As Legislature goes into extra days, lawmakers share to-do lists

By Saturday, which was supposed to be the second-to-last day of the 90-day legislative session, extra days seemed inevitable.
KATIE MORITZ

Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

SPOKANE — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20. The move makes the 81-...
NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS

Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales

HONOLULU — The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world's humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the massive mammals have rebounded after 45 years of protections. ...
CALEB JONES

Thinning ice signals culmination of Nenana Ice Classic

FAIRBANKS — The clock is ticking down on an annual Alaska rite of spring. Cherrie Forness, manager of the Nenana Ice Classic, said Sunday ice over the frozen Tanana River at Nenana should shift soon, moving a...

Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner

SITKA — An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof — until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field. Nikki Balovich...

Legislature approves all of Walker's commissioners in marathon joint session

Despite some raised eyebrows over Gov. Bill Walker's appointment of his former business partner as the state's attorney general, Craig Richards was confirmed by the Legislature on Sunday afternoon by a vote of 36-23.
KATIE MORITZ

Soldotna sweeps skating competition

SOLDOTNA - Team Soldotna ranked first in the three-day Riverskate competition held last weekend.
KELLY SULLIVAN

UAF chancellor announces summer retirement plans

FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers said he plans to retire at the end of August after six years on the job.

Uncertainty, risk, money challenging for fishermen

KODIAK - Uncertainty, risk and money have been making it harder for fishermen to make a living in the Kodiak archipelago and Bristol Bay, and have contributed to the "graying" of the fleet as fewer young people join the business,...

Intervention by governor spares bears' lives

ANCHORAGE - The lives of a black bear and four cubs that have been feasting on garbage in an Anchorage neighborhood will be spared after the governor on Saturday asked the state's fish and game commissioner whether they could be moved...
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