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At National Guard confirmation hearing, the political becomes personal

At a pair of confirmation hearings on Tuesday, Laurie Hummel was asked about her plans for reforming the Guard, and went through a personal line of questioning along the way.

Yukon Quest champ Brent Sass disqualified from Iditarod

Yukon Quest champ Brent Sass disqualified from IditarodBrent Sass will not be able to continue the Iditarod, because he was carrying an iPod touch, a wireless communication device, in violation of race rules.

AFN asks Walker to change position on adoptions

AFN asks Walker to change position on adoptionsThey say the state’s position in the case Tununuk v. the state of Alaska erects barriers between tribal children and tribal homes.

Sen. Sullivan: letter to Tehran to ‘Enlighten Iranian leadership’

Sen. Sullivan: letter to Tehran to ‘Enlighten Iranian leadership’U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is among 47 Republican senators who signed a letter to Iran’s leadership Monday. The letter concerns President Obama’s negotiations for a deal to halt Iran’s nuclear program without involving Congress.

Skagway assembly reviews port expansion design options

It’s a big step in the ongoing project aimed at modernizing the ore dock and ship loader and provide more space with the port for more cruise and industrial traffic.

Senate Republicans preview Medicaid reform bill

Senate Republicans preview Medicaid reform billSenator Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, previewed a bill he is planning to introduce this week to reform the current Medicaid system.

Officer & Senator: Sullivan cedes command but says roles jibe

Officer & Senator: Sullivan cedes command but says roles jibeNow that he’s a senator, the Marines have removed him from his assignment as a commander, saying it’s incompatible with congressional office.

Iditarod mushers prepare for new route through Interior Alaska

Iditarod mushers prepare for new route through Interior AlaskaThe Ceremonial start of the 43rd Iditarod Monday filled Downtown Anchorage with dogs, fans, and snow trucked in from Goose Lake.

Radio stations weigh rural impact of proposed public media cut

Radio stations weigh rural impact of proposed public media cutPublic radio and TV in Alaska could lose $2.5 million next year if a proposed state budget cut goes through.

Petersburg processor tries to break into foreign shrimp markets

Petersburg processor tries to break into foreign shrimp marketsThe state’s first shrimp plant started there in 1916, but the market ceased being profitable and the last plant closed down ten years ago.