Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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Murkowski and Sullivan take opposing views of Trump indictment

Murkowski says the charges are serious and “cannot be casually dismissed.” Sullivan says they'll likely do the country "lasting damage."

Hilcorp fined again for deviating from permit at Milne Point

The company was fined $267,000 for substituting equipment without authorization, the latest in more than 60 compliance issues.
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Sullivan votes against lifting debt ceiling, saying the bill didn’t have enough money for military

Alaska's U.S. senators split on Thursday's bill to prevent defaulting on the federal debt, which passed in a last-minute compromise.
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Peltola supports debt ceiling agreement

Alaska's congresswoman likes the permitting reform section, which many of her Democratic colleagues abhor.
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Alaska Gov. Dunleavy says court decision limiting federal regulation of wetlands aids ‘responsible development’

The U.S. Supreme Court trimmed the EPA's authority. Implications for the Pebble Mine are unclear.
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With ‘slim chance’ to change Magnuson-Stevens Act, Peltola favors ‘workaround’

Congresswoman Mary Peltola and other salmon advocates try another avenue to limit bycatch.
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President Biden lands in Anchorage for brief refueling stop

It’s a big day for White House travel to Alaska. First lady Jill Biden will be in Bethel Wednesday evening.
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LizAnn Williams, mother of Alaska congresswoman, has died

Congresswoman Mary Peltola's mother, LizAnn Williams, was raised on the Gweek River and in Kwethluk. She retired as a medical records clerk.
A woman in a blue blazer holds a microphone and talks in front of a U.S. and Alaska flag.

First lady Jill Biden will visit Bethel on Wednesday

This will be the first visit to Bethel by any spouse of a sitting president, according to her office.
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In Rose Garden address, Biden celebrates with Alaskans opposed to Pebble mine

“Bristol Bay is an extraordinary place, unlike anywhere in the world,” the president said.
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The federal COVID-19 emergency is ending. Here’s what it means in Alaska.

You won't see drastic changes. Some changes won't take effect for months.
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Peltola braces for Supreme Court to undermine Indian Child Welfare Act

House Democrats defend ICWA and the "terrifying" historical context that brought Congress to pass it.
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Fans of Alaska’s ranked choice voting speak out against bill to repeal it

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, says a poll shows a majority of Alaskans would repeal RCV. But public testimony in Juneau ran 3-to-1 against it.

Murkowski says Supreme Court should live by an ethics code of its own making

She's co-sponsoring a bill that would require the justices to adopt their own ethics rules. She and Sen. Angus King are the only sponsors so far.

Alaska Supreme Court reaffirms decision leaving 5th-place finisher off U.S. House ballot

Justices say the state made the right call when it decided not to advance Tara Sweeney to special election ballot.
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Murkowski votes with Democrats to advance Equal Rights Amendment but measure stalls in Senate

Sen. Murkowski co-sponsored the ERA resolution. Sen. Sullivan voted no citing "serious constitutional infirmities."
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Federal commission hears from Alaskans on high rate of missing and murdered Indigenous people

The Not Invisible Act Commission met in Anchorage this week to hear testimony from victims and from advocates working to prevent violence.
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Corps to reconsider permit rejection for proposed Pebble mine

It's a partial win for Pebble on appeal, but mine developers also have an EPA veto to contend with.
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Rep. Peltola’s party-bending chief of staff departs

Alex Ortiz was the last chief of staff for Rep. Don Young and helped cement Peltola's image as bipartisan.