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• Child care: New statewide task force aims to address Alaska’s child care crisis.

• Tourism: Alaska’s cruise industry prepares for pre-pandemic number of guests.

• Air cargo: We’re number three. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport ranks third in the world for cargo.

• Beer hall: Famous, historic bar on Alaska State Fairgrounds will be rebuilt in time for 2023 event.

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• Chilly spring: Anchorage likely to see latest 50-degree day in four decades.

• Fentanyl: Spike in overdoses rings alarm bells among education officials.

• Mystery spiral: Gorgeous spiral seen in aurora borealis resulted from exhaust or rocket fuel. What a letdown.

Sarah Erkmann Ward, Blueprint Alaska

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