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3 things to watch for in the Alaska Legislature this week

The halls of the state Capitol should be quieter later this week as many lawmakers head out for the traditional Energy Council break, though there are a number of hearings crammed into the schedule through Wednesday.

Alaska Senate urges drilling in ANWR

Alaska Senate urges drilling in ANWRThe Alaska Senate has unanimously passed a resolution urging Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

Alaska broadcasters challenge cable provider plans

Several Alaska broadcasters have filed a petition to block cable provider GCI's purchase of three television stations in Anchorage, Juneau and Sitka.

First comes leave, then comes baby

First comes leave, then comes babyFairbanks and Bassett Army Community Hospital are waiting on some new arrivals.

Lawsuit challenges Alaska petroleum reserve access

Lawsuit challenges Alaska petroleum reserve accessThe residents of Nuiqsut say petroleum development already is forcing villagers to travel longer distances to hunt caribou.

Senate panel to hear from leading voucher advocate

School vouchers will be the subject of two hearings on Friday at the Alaska Legislature.

Deadline looms for PFD applications

Alaskans have a big deadline looming.

Update: Alaska villagers see Salazar over refuge road

Update: Alaska villagers see Salazar over refuge roadResidents of a small Alaska community are scheduled to meet with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today in their quest for a road through a national wildlife refuge.

Murkowski meets with Interior nominee Jewell

Murkowski meets with Interior nominee JewellU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she had a good meeting with President Barack Obama's nominee for Interior secretary a week after she threatened to slow the nomination process.

Alaska Air gives employees $74 million in bonuses

Alaska Air gives employees $74 million in bonusesAlaska Air Group says it gave nearly 13,000 employees about $74 million in bonuses Wednesday for exceeding 2012 financial goals.