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Alaskans Wonder If Their State Is Exhibit or Target for Obama

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When President Barack Obama visits Alaska this month, he’ll be greeted by politicians eager to show off their state’s vast wilderness and stirring scenery -- and skeptical of White House plans to protect those resources.

The state’s political leaders are anxious about whether Obama’s trip will coincide with new executive actions or regulations that could further strain an economy already rocked by slumping oil prices. Obama will become the first sitting president to tour the Alaskan Arctic, where oil companies are facing off against environmentalists over drilling.