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Judge tosses Alaska suit against feds over contaminated ANCSA lands

The federal court decision blocks a possible avenue for forcing a solution to a decades-long problem.

$23M project for homeless youth kicks off in Wasilla

Founder Michelle Overstreet says it started with a phone call from Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
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Peltola votes against military bill, citing partisan amendments

Service members deserve reproductive freedom, says Peltola, who missed 30 votes Thursday due to illness.
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Begich announces he’ll challenge Peltola for Alaska’s U.S. House seat

Republican Nicholas Begich III is taking another run at becoming Alaska’s next member of Congress.
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Sen. Sullivan says American support for Ukraine will wane if allies don’t spend more on defense

In Lithuania, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan stressed that other NATO countries need to pay more for their defense.

Anton McParland: The backstory of the tall guy behind Mary Peltola

McParland is Rep. Mary Peltola's chief of staff and campaign manager. No aide is closer to her.
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Murkowski boosts her resolve to help Ukraine after visit to NATO allies

“We can't get soft on our support for Ukraine," Murkowski told reporters.
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ConocoPhillips faces potential fine of $914,000 for Arctic gas leak

State regulators propose a civil punishment for last year's gas blowout at Alpine
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Dunleavy again vetoes research project on salmon bycatch

The $513,000 would have looked into the origin of salmon caught by the Bering Sea pollock fleet.
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Dunleavy slashes education funding boost as part of budget vetoes

Vetoes total more than $200 million, including half of the one-time boost the Legislature added for schools.
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Tons of fish caught in Russia sold in America, despite import ban

Fish valued at several hundred million dollars are able to evade the ban by diverting to China first.

EPA has new rules for oil spill dispersants

The EPA has updated its rules on the use of chemicals to disperse oil spills.
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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.