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In the first of two newscasts today: Alaska Democrats have endorsed U.S. Mark Begich for the seat he now holds, former Juneau mayor Byron Mallott for Governor, and Anchorage attorney Forrest Dunbar for U.S. Congress.

The state has requested an evidentiary hearing in the case of the "Fairbanks Four," who were convicted of the beating death of Mark Hartman in 1997, but new information points to others being responsible for the killing.

In the first of two newscasts today: Alaska Democrats have endorsed U.S. Mark Begich for the seat he now holds, former Juneau mayor Byron Mallott for Governor, and Anchorage attorney Forrest Dunbar for U.S. Congress.

The state has requested an evidentiary hearing in the case of the "Fairbanks Four," who were convicted of the beating death of Mark Hartman in 1997, but new information points to others being responsible for the killing.

One of two newscasts today - The Alaska Democratic Party wrapped up its statewide convention in Nome on Sunday, having endorsed incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich for the seat he now holds, former Juneau Mayor Byron Mallott for Governor, and Anchorage attorney Forrest Dunbar for the U.S. Congressional seat  held by Rep. Don Young.

A tribal health organization in southeast Alaska is encouraging members to sign up for health insurance.

In the Northwest Arctic Borough, caribou users are concerned about a big drop in the number of caribou, and potential effects of a proposed road through the area.

The National Park Service is developing new regulations on the use of discarded or shed animal parts, such as bones and antlers, in the use of traditional  handicrafts.

The regional Native corporation for southeast Alaska shows a $35 million loss for last year.

In a half-hour interview, KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus talks with psychologist Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, who has been researching happiness in Kenya and Israel, and among the Amish in this country, and homeless people in Oakland, California. While different cultures aspire to different forms of happiness -- peace and harmony, say, compared to joy and enthusiasm -- the happiest people have strong personal relationships.

After a court ruling that the Department of Interior (DOI) improperly excluded Alaska tribes from a process long available to lower 48 tribes, DOI announced a proposal that would allow it to accept Alaska tribal lands into trust. Although any action is years in the future, the change would provide certain protections to those lands.

A study on the depletion of herring in Southeast Alaska is prompting discussions on whether and how it may be possible to replenish their numbers.

BP is working to assess repairs needed to a leaky North Slope pipeline that sprayed natural gas and water containing crude oil over 27 acres of snow-covered tundra.

Gov. Sean Parnell says he was concerned about charges of misconduct in the Alaska National Guard in 2010, but lacked the specific information needed to act until this February, when he called for a federal investigation.

By law, the Legislature is allotted ninety days in session, but despite meeting into the early hours this morning, it hasn't finished its work. It's scheduled to reconvene at 1 p.m. today.

The Federal Subsistence Board has limited any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users in 32 Kuskokwim communities.

Alaska's unemployment rate was up a tenth of a percent in March, reaching 6.6%, just one-tenth of a percent below the national average, which has been dropping.

The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to change the process it uses to determine if a community is rural and eligible for subsistence priority. At issue is the question of who gets to fish and hunt when there's a resource shortage.

The Legislature adopted a bill that would allow Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms in the line of duty.

The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to change the process it uses to determine if a community is rural and eligible for subsistence priority. At issue is the question of who gets to fish and hunt when there's a resource shortage.

The Legislature adopted a bill that would allow Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms in the line of duty.

The state House of Representatives has adopted a bill to make Alaska's 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages; it now goes to the Senate.

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