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U.S. House passes bill to open NPR-A

U.S. House passes bill to open NPR-AFor the second time in six months, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at greater oil industry access to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

U.S. Senate Republican candidates debate resource development, government overreach

All three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in August’s senatorial primary election squared off over a variety of issues in Anchorage on Thursday.

Questions remain despite successful missile defense test

Questions remain despite successful missile defense testA physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists is calling the Ground Based Midcourse Missile Defense System, less than proven.

NOAA considers state’s petition to remove humpbacks from endangered list

NOAA considers state’s petition to remove humpbacks from endangered listThe state’s petition argues the threat of extinction for the North Pacific humpback whale is gone

Shipping safety advocate criticizes arctic preparedness plans

Shipping safety advocate criticizes arctic preparedness plansA member of a group that formed after the Selendang Ayu ran aground a decade ago, is calling for more rescue tugs, monitoring and risk management measures in the Bering Strait and Unimak Pass.

Conservation groups seek protection for yellow cedar trees

Conservation groups seek protection for yellow cedar treesConservation groups are asking for endangered species protection for yellow cedar trees in Alaska.

Medicare will penalize Alaska hospitals for patient safety

Medicare will penalize Alaska hospitals for patient safetyThe four largest hospitals in Alaska are facing Medicare payment penalties for the quality of their care.

All hope for Knik Bridge rides on federal decision

All hope for Knik Bridge rides on federal decisionAlaska officials are hoping the Transportation Infrastructure Finance in Innovation Act will lend the state more than $340 million for the Knik Bridge.

New state law to bring back universal vaccine access

New state law to bring back universal vaccine accessUniversal access to vaccines may be back, with a law that uses the state as a broker between insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies to get a bulk discount.

House Ethics Committee says Rep. Don Young accepted improper gifts

House Ethics Committee says Rep. Don Young accepted improper giftsThe U.S. House Ethics Committee today issued a letter of reprove to Alaska Congressman Don Young