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MICHAEL PENN | JUNEAU EMPIRE
In this November 2015 file photo, former Attorney General Craig Richards speaks to the media. The governor announced in June that Richards was resigning from his post. On Friday, Craig Richards was hired as an oil and gas consultant for the state.

Walker hires former attorney general as oil, gas consultant

Gov. Bill Walker has hired Craig Richards as an oil and gas consultant, less than a month after Richards resigned as Alaska's attorney general. Walker's office on Friday released the contract signed earlier this week.

'Rolling Wake': Southeast woman kept husband's body in truck and drove it around 'for a couple days'

KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard has seen a lot in his decades-long law enforcement career. But he's never seen anything like this.
MATT ARMSTRONG

Alaska parental notification abortion law struck down

JUNEAU - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday struck down a state law requiring parental notification for girls under age 18 seeking abortions, agreeing with pro-abortion rights advocates that the mandate approved by voters in 2010 was...
Becky Bohrer

Budget director: Expect more state job losses

ANCHORAGE - State budget cuts are beginning to hit home, in terms of jobs and economic impact.
TIM BRADNER

Sitka author’s book chosen for Oprah's Book Club

SITKA — Local author Brendan Jones has made waves with his first novel, “The Alaskan Laundry,” which has appeared on numerous reading lists — and now including Oprah’s.

Moody's report addresses little change in budget, politics

Alaska's credit rating hasn't been downgraded again - yet. Moody's Investors Service issued a report Thursday reiterating that it has not forgotten about the state's money troubles.
ELWOOD BREHMER

Rain falls on fire threatening subdivisions near Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - Light rain fell Thursday as nearly 300 firefighters worked to gain control of a wildfire threatening two subdivisions south of Anchorage.
RACHEL D'ORO

Kenai Peninsula community looks to solve erosion problem

KENAI — Homeowners concerned about the level of erosion alongside a river in their Kenai Peninsula community have to consider other options to prevent the bank from collapsing after officials shot down their request to...

Walker vetoes bill to put lawmakers on Alaska gas line board

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker has vetoed legislation that would have put lawmakers on the board of the state-sanctioned Alaska Gasline Development Corp., citing constitutional concerns. 

Troopers: Palmer man shot during home invasion; suspects fled

PALMER - Authorities say a Palmer man was shot after two people entered his home through a window early Thursday morning. The Alaska State Troopers say the homeowner did not know the people and confronted them with a gun.

Charges dropped for Fairbanks brothers in illegal wood sale

ANCHORAGE - Two Fairbanks brothers arrested in an undercover operation for trying to sell wood stolen from state land on Craigslist have had their charges dropped.

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