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  • Alaska faces tough decisions, drastic budget cuts, dipping into savings as oil prices plunge

    After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.
  • Sarah Palin's sun starts to set in Alaska

    Sarah Palin's sun starts to set in Alaska
    Alaska is known for having the economy of a petro-state, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable polling. Oh, and Sarah Palin. A supernova, she exploded and dissolved as a vice presidential candidate, and she was a...

    Rauner in D.C., backs state term limits, not federal

    Rauner in D.C., backs state term limits, not federal
    WASHINGTON — On a two-day swing through the nation's capital, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said he will meet Friday at the White House with his longtime acquaintance, President Barack Obama, after sessions Thursday with the Illinois...

    As oil prices fall, so do Alaska budget hopes

    As Allen Newton, 58, filled his ice-caked Ford Expedition for $3.15 a gallon, he happily tried to remember the last time gasoline was so cheap here in Alaska's biggest city. "It's been a long time coming," Newton said Sunday afternoon, breath steaming...

    Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling

    Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling
    In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery....