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Alaska’s leaders don’t want a fight over oil taxes this year, but they might get one anyway

by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk
- Alaska's leaders are getting ready for tough negotiations over how the state will deal with its multibillion-dollar budget hole. How much the oil and gas industry should help fill that hole will be an especially controversial question for the legislature this session.

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Andy Savage, defense attorney for former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager, awaits a verdict from the jury on Friday.

Jury in S.C. police shooting trial says it is struggling to reach verdict

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The jury is considering the case of Michael Slager, who shot and killed unarmed motorist Walter Scott in 2015. Jurors told the judge they could not agree, and the judge told them to try one more time.

Former Marine Corps General James Mattis, now President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Defense Department, at a 2011 congressional hearing.

Trump’s defense pick challenges rules around civilian control of the military

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Legally, recently-retired generals aren’t eligible to serve as Secretary of Defense. While praising George Mattis’ service, some Democrats question whether he should lead the Defense Department.

House Speaker Paul Ryan holds a press conference about his 2016 agenda and GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Only 26% of Americans support full repeal of Obamacare, poll finds

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As Republicans debate how to keep their promise to dismantle Obamacare, a Kaiser poll suggests that the law has strong support for some key provisions.

A "now hiring" sign is seen at the Toys R Us booth during the JobNewsUSA job fair Nov. 15 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Unemployment rate drops to 4.6%, lowest level since 2007

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The U.S. added 178,000 new jobs in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which was about what was expected. However, wages dropped slightly, after an 11-cent gain in October.

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Haines man who allegedly ‘pistol-whipped’ another man faces felony assault charge

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A Haines man who allegedly shot at and “pistol whipped” another man was arrested Thursday.

Coast Guard, troopers search for missing Port Graham man

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The U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers are searching for a 34-year-old Port Graham man missing since Wednesday.

Community of Stebbins experiencing ‘water crisis’

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The community of Stebbins has been experiencing an ongoing “water crisis” for the better part of this week.

A southwest Alaska man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a female family member will serve three months and be required to register as a sex offender. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK)

Tuluksak man pleads guilty to attempting to sexually assault family member

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A southwest Alaska man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a female family member will serve three months and be required to register as a sex offender.

Teen convicted of shooting foster father over vape charger

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An 18-year-old Anchorage man who told police he killed his foster father because he took away a vapor cigarette charger has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Young doesn’t see GOP as a rubber stamp of Trump’s ideas

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U.S. Rep. Don Young says there are similarities between the election of Donald Trump and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, which he says came during a period of “malaise” when people lacked hope and wanted change.

Rescuers carry down skier after injury at Turnagain Pass

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A 36-year-old Anchorage skier was carried to safety after an injury at Turnagain Pass.

The state of Alaska selected Data Recognition Corporation as its new vendor for the statewide student assessments. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)

State picks Data Recognition Corporation for new student assessments

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The Alaska education department has chosen a new vendor for its statewide student tests after glitches earlier this year prompted cancellation of the tests.