ANCHORAGE (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has announced an online platform used to publicly track Alaska's spending is broken, even as the state is managing a budget deficit and federal coronavirus relief aid.

JUNEAU — Alaska had 42,200 fewer jobs in April than a year earlier as coronavirus fears shut down or disrupted businesses at a time when many traditionally would start adding jobs for the summer, the state labor department reported Friday.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a decision authorizing construction of the Alaska LNG Project, concluding an environmental impact statement process of more than three years.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group held a two-hour teleconference meeting on Thursday afternoon with Alaska Native tribal representatives.

JUNEAU — Checks from Alaska's oil-wealth fund will begin going out to residents three months early, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said, citing economic hardships caused by the coronavirus.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline said it will accept more oil as global demand begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, while a major producer has not altered plans to cut production.

When residents in Gustavus, Alaska, want to get to the nearest city, they take a seven-hour ferry ride to Juneau. That hasn't happened recently in the remote hamlet of 446 people because the town's only dock is closed for repairs.

JUNEAU — Starting Friday, businesses in Alaska that were shut down or restricted due to coronavirus concerns can fully reopen, a significant step that Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the state can handle as it moves into a "management stage" of the virus.

ANCHORAGE — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy will lift most restrictions put into place because of the coronavirus as of Friday.

FAIRBANKS (AP) — The 7-year-old son of an Alaska state trooper who was killed in the line of duty became an honorary member of the force for a day, teaming up with a police dog who shares his name.

JUNEAU — The Alaska House abruptly adjourned Tuesday after ratifying plans for using more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid, one day after reconvening to take up the issue.

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature reconvened Monday for the first time since recessing in late March over coronavirus concerns, with new screening protocols aimed guarding against the virus.

The uproar began when an Alaska lawmaker emailed all 39 of his statehouse colleagues to compare health screening stickers to the badges that singled out Jews during the Holocaust.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has announced that the first 50 mushers who enter the 2021 race and the 2022 race will receive hundreds of dollars in reimbursements to help cover veterinary costs.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature suspended its session in late March over coronavirus concerns, but records show one-third of lawmakers accepted a nearly $300 daily payment for three weeks beyond that — until what would have been the end of the 90-day session.

JUNEAU — An Alaska lawmaker on Friday defended asking whether stickers that individuals may be asked to wear as part of a Capitol coronavirus screening process will be "available as a yellow Star of David."

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER ALASKA — Lt. Col. Jason Monaco soared six miles above lush wilderness, his fighter jet streaking across the icy blue sky. He banked his two-seat F-16D to the right, shooting around an eight-jet formation maneuvering against him and his fellow pilots.

An Alaska resident is challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's plans to distribute federal coronavirus relief aid.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Some Alaska residents and businesses are finding potential benefits in the likelihood of a summer free of the usual influx of tourists as a result of the coronavirus.

JUNEAU — Alaska has no income or statewide sales taxes, and it cuts residents a check every year from its oil wealth.

JUNEAU (AP) — A state plan to use federal transportation funds prioritizes highways and bridges over fixing Alaska's aging ferry fleet, critics said.

BETHEL (AP) — An Alaska fish purchasing and processing company plans to open this season while reducing interaction with members of the public during the coronavirus pandemic.

JUNEAU (AP) — A legislative committee set aside lingering legal questions and agreed to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's plans for $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Some residents in Southeast Alaska who have seen the border with Canada closed because of the coronavirus feel cut off from an area they visit and drive through frequently.

JUNEAU (AP) — An Alaska company is developing personal protective equipment with clear face shields to benefit people with hearing disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

JUNEAU (AP) — Firefighters were able to contain an Alaska wildfire that was initially fought by campers who first spotted the blaze, the U.S. Forest Service said.

ANCHORAGE — Richard Beneville, who was in his third term as the mayor of Nome and was known for bringing the flair of the New York stage to the wilds of western Alaska, has died. He was 75.

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in Alaska have experienced a 52% increase in hotline calls as residents remain at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, a study said.

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska will receive $50 million in federal coronavirus aid for fisheries, the U.S. Department of Commerce has announced, about half what state officials had expected.

PALMER (AP) — An Alaska school board postponed a vote over rescinding a ban on selected English course books after taking public testimony on the issue that attracted national attention when a Grammy-winning rock group pledged to purchase the banned books for students.

JUNEAU (AP) — Byron Mallott, who served as Alaska's lieutenant governor as part of a "unity ticket" with Gov. Bill Walker, has died, Walker said Friday.

JUNEAU — The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that an effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy can proceed.

BETHEL (AP) — A cargo transportation company plans to retrieve an unmanned barge that has been floating down an Alaska river since it came loose from ice that trapped the vessel over the winter.

JUNEAU— Gyms, pools and bars will be allowed to open with limitations starting Friday under the next phase of the state's plan to reopen parts of the economy that had been forced to shut down amid efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska's state-run ferry system is not requiring that passengers and crew wear face coverings in response to COVID-19 concerns, with a spokesperson saying rider numbers are low and social distancing on board is "easily attainable."

JUNEAU — Three cruise lines said Wednesday they are canceling sailings to Alaska this summer, citing travel and other restrictions linked to coronavirus concerns.