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Alaska Sues Over North Pole Refinery Contamination

The state of Alaska has sued current and former owners of a North Pole refinery, claiming both caused or failed to stop a chemical spill that has damaged soil and groundwater. The lawsuit claims current owner Flint Hills Resources and …

Alaska Earthquakes Felt In Communities

Seismologists say two Alaska earthquakes were felt in communities this week. One earthquake occurred at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday in the Cook Inlet region of the state. The 4.6 magnitude quake was centered 62 miles southwest of Homer, where it was …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

Court Revives Lawsuit Against BP Over Alaska Oil Spill Statements

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a shareholder lawsuit against BP PLC over statements the company made in the wake of a 2006 oil spill in Alaska. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San …

Alaska City Says No to Schools Insurance Pool

Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have appealed to the Interior delegation to block a bill that would require Alaska school districts to pool employee health insurance plans. Senate Bill 90, sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has been billed as …

Family Sues Alaska Bar After Woman’s Death

The family of an Anchorage, Alaska woman who was killed in a traffic collision has filed a lawsuit against the bar where authorities say the driver charged in the death acknowledged drinking heavily before the crash. The lawsuit accuses Chilkoot …

Alaska Snowmobile Driver Charged With Felony DUI

A 29-year-old Wasilla, Alaska man suspected of driving a snowmobile down the Parks Highway has been charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Alaska State Troopers say Eric Hunter was arrested Wednesday night and also is charged with …

New Map Predicts Tsunami Effects On Alaska City

The state has released a tsunami inundation map for Sitka, Alaska showing the estimated high-water mark in the event of a tsunami. But Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller said not to take the map as the final word on how …

Governor: Disaster Cited For Alaska Area Hit By Storms

Governor Sean Parnell has declared coastal western Alaska areas ravaged by storms state disaster zones. The governor made the announcement after meeting with residents in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Bering Straits Regional Education Attendance Area, and Lower Yukon. A series …

NAIC: Alaska Implements SBS

Alaska has implemented the State Based Systems, an electronic system owned by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, it was announced on Monday. The purpose of NAIC’s SBS initiative is to provide a comprehensive, internet-based application for state regulators in …