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2 men tried to illegally smuggle snowmachines from U.S. to Russia, feds say

Prosecutors say Sergey Nefedov and Mark Shumovich tried to evade U.S. export controls on snowmachines during Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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A petition to put king salmon on the endangered species list is raising alarm across Alaska

People across Alaska are reacting to a petition that would grant Gulf of Alaska king salmon Endangered Species Act protections.
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Dunleavy will be asked to pick fourth Alaska Supreme Court justice

By February, Gov. Mike Dunleavy will have appointed four of the five Supreme Court justices, and the next opening isn't for years.
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Sponsors of petition to repeal Alaska’s ranked choice voting score a partial win in court

A lawsuit claims repeal petition sponsors made serious mistakes when they gathered signatures. Part of the case is still pending.
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Hunter Biden found guilty of felony gun charges

The president's son also faces tax charges in a separate prosecution scheduled to go to trial in September.
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Suit asserting Metlakatla tribal members’ right to fish off-reservation heads for trial

A trial in federal court is expected to determine where Metlakatla Indian Community members can fish without state permits.
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Stedman confident education funding will survive the governor’s desk

Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, weighed in on whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy will veto education funds this year.

Anchorage Mayor-elect LaFrance announces chief of staff and municipal manager

Suzanne LaFrance has hired Becky Windt Pearson as her municipal manager and Katie Scovic as her chief of staff.
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18-year-old Mat-Su grad seeks seat on school board that silenced him

“I thought that sitting on the board as student representative would be enough to make a positive change within our district, but I realized it wasn’t,” Ben Kolendo said.

Assembly leaders aim to postpone police chief confirmation until LaFrance takes office

Assembly chair Chris Constant said the decision to name the next chief should come from the next administration.
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A new lawsuit over Alaska’s Medicaid backlog asks a judge to order faster processing

As of last month, more than 15,000 Alaskans had Medicaid applications awaiting approval by the Division of Public Assistance.
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Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly swiftly kills proposed tobacco tax

Mayor Peter Micciche called the proposal a "nanny tax for child care, essentially."
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How much fish do Alaskans eat? Enough to require new water pollution rules, EPA says

The EPA is giving the state six to 12 months to come up with new or revised standards for more than 100 pollutants in state waters.
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Alaska state judge considers fine against backers of ranked choice repeal measure

Judge Laura Hartz said she intends to issue a decision by June 21, though it may not be until the following Monday.
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Biden commemorates D-Day invasion’s 80th anniversary, linking it to Ukraine conflict

President Biden said the historic invasion is a reminder of the costs of freedom and democracy — and the value of alliances.
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Murkowski votes to advance Democrats’ ‘messaging’ bill on contraception rights

Only two Republicans crossed the aisle. Sen. Dan Sullivan didn't vote on the birth control bill, which is now stalled.
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Ketchikan man agrees not to raise fake totem poles carved by convicted murderer

After meeting with Indigenous leaders, Joseph Machini also agreed not to use the name “potlatch” for his marketplace.
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Deal to buy North Slope gas boosts Alaska Gasline prospects, but hurdles remain

The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. announced Tuesday it’s signed a deal with a London-based oil and gas firm to supply enough gas to meet demand in Southcentral, and then some. But the project still faces a number of hurdles.
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At Senate hearing, Murkowski reaffirms support for abortion rights

Alaska's senior senator doesn't always vote as abortion advocates would like. Democrats are raising the issue as an election strategy.
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Biden’s new executive order denies asylum claims to most migrants crossing the border unlawfully

President Biden's new measure will go into effect if more than 2,500 migrants cross illegally per day.
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Commercial fishing groups bring new legal action over Cook Inlet’s federal waters

The United Cook Inlet Drift Association and the Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund's suit against the federal government is part of a decade-long legal offensive.
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At candidate filing deadline, 7 Alaska legislators decline to seek re-election

Sen. Click Bishop has indicated that he may run for governor in 2026, after Gov. Mike Dunleavy leaves office.
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Pro-Dahlstrom PAC announces $5M ad buy in Alaska’s U.S. House race

A PAC linked to House Speaker Johnson is planning to run ads in Alaska's three largest cities. A dozen candidates are in the race.

Filings in Alaska Legislature races set up key races in August primary and November general

Just three legislative races will feature competitive primaries, but the final slate sets up a number of key contests in November.
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Park Service says Denali National Park employee relayed flag complaint without authorization

According to the National Park Service, a visitor initially complained about the noise from the flag flapping in the breeze.

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