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Obama’s last budget proposal features Denali cover, big-ticket Alaska items

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- “Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace," said Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor.

National News

(left) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets voters in Concord, N.H. (right) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets people as he visits a polling station in Manchester, N.H. (Spencer Platt; Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New Hampshire Primary: Trump And Sanders Win, AP Projects

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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have won convincing victories in New Hampshire, according to Associated Press projections.

The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is a fat-soluble compound called THC. (iStockphoto)

Why Is It So Hard To Test Whether Drivers Are Stoned?

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Blood alcohol levels match well with a person’s impairment. But the THC in marijuana doesn’t move around the body the same way, so blood tests can miss people who are stoned.

President Obama meets at the White House on Tuesday with members of his national security team and cybersecurity advisers. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Password Security Is So Bad, President Obama Weighs In

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In unveiling a sweeping plan to fund and revamp cybersecurity, the president asks citizens to consider using extra layers of security besides the password.

Divers around the open-ocean aquaculture cage at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas. These cages are not currently used in the Gulf of Mexico, but represent one type of farming technology that could work in the region. (NOAA/with permission from Kelly Martin)

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

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For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.

More Alaska News

Icebreaker, Alaska village funds in Obama proposed budget

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President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget includes funding for construction of a new polar icebreaker and relocation costs for Alaska coastal communities threatened by erosion. But it faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier

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Insurance regulators say they have lifted the suspension of an Oregon-based company to again offer health insurance policies in Alaska and Oregon.

TSA struggles to fill vacant positions at Alaska’s airports

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The Transportation Security Administration says it’s having difficulty filling the open positions at more than a dozen airports across Alaska. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that several factors have been attributed to the TSA’s hiring challenges, including the rural locations…

Health official: Alaskans at low risk for Zika virus

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An official with the state Division of Public Health says Alaskans are not likely to contract the Zika virus unless they have contact with people who have been travelling in affected areas.

Alaska House majority sets up hotline for budget ideas

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The Alaska House majority wants to hear your ideas on ways to address the state’s budget deficit and save the state money.

Alaska moves to prosecute witness in Ted Stevens trial

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Alaska’s attorney general is again asking the federal government for permission to prosecute the main witness in the corruption trial of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Alaska troopers: No plans to intervene in village dispute

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Alaska State Troopers say they don’t know who the rightful tribal leaders are in a western Alaska village, so they’ve taken no action weeks after a federal judge said the agency could use force to evict former leaders involved in a prolonged power struggle there.

Alaska judge to hear arguments in Medicaid expansion case

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A state court judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval. The case centers on whether the expansion population is a mandatory group for coverage under Medicaid…