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Coast Guard Says Remains Of Missing Alaska Pilot Found

Searchers have found the remains of the pilot of a plane that went missing in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The Coast Guard says the man’s remains were recovered after being found Wednesday evening.

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April 16, 2015

House Passes Bill To Change Hunting And Fishing License Fees

The state House has passed a bill that would increase the cost of hunting, fishing and trapping in Alaska.

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April 15, 2015

Gov Focused On Working With Legislators On Medicaid

With time winding down in the scheduled 90-day session, questions remain about whether or not legislators can agree on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to expand and reform Medicaid.

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April 10, 2015

Bill To Eliminate Time Change Stalls In House Committee

A bill to move Alaska off of daylight saving time likely won’t get a vote in the House this session.

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April 9, 2015

House Passes Bill About Municipal Role In Marijuana Regs

Alaska lawmakers took a step toward clarifying who will regulate the budding marijuana industry.

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April 2, 2015

Proposal Would Reject Pay Increases For Public Employees

The Senate Finance Committee has included in its version of the state budget language rejecting monetary terms included in contracts for more than a dozen units for the upcoming fiscal year.

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April 1, 2015

Committee Takes Up Gas Line Board Appointments

New appointees to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. expressed support for a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing with oil and gas companies.

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March 23, 2015

Streff Takes Command of National Guard

A new Alaska Army National Guard commander is taking the helm in the weekend ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Col. Joseph Streff will take over from Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges at a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Officials say Streff has been with the Guard for more than 27 years.

March 20, 2015

Fish Board Takes No Action on Limiting Clams on Cook Inlet Beach

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has decided to take no action on a proposal that would have set limits on clams on a remote beach on the west side of Cook Inlet.

March 20, 2015

Judge OKs Lawsuit on Shell’s Plans for Seattle Port

A Washington state judge says a lawsuit challenging the Port of Seattle’s decision to lease one of its terminals as a homeport for an Arctic oil-drilling fleet can go forward. Environmental groups say the port broke state law in February when it signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co. to rent 50 acres near downtown Seattle.

March 20, 2015

Walker, Mallott File Income Reports

Gov. Bill Walker and his wife each reported income of between $100,000 and $200,000 for the sale of their law firm. The information is included on the financial disclosure Walker filed Sunday. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott reported at least $1 million in income upon resigning from the Alaska Air Group board.

March 18, 2015

House Pushes Back Deadline for Financial Disclosures

The Alaska House has passed legislation pushing back the date by which legislators and other public officials must file annual financial disclosures. HB 65 would move the filing deadline from March 15 to May 15. A minority-led effort to keep the reporting deadline for legislators as March 15 failed.

March 18, 2015

Walker Names Two Fishermen to Management Council

Governor Bill Walker has named two Alaska fishermen as his top picks to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The 11-voting member council manages most fisheries in federal waters. The terms of two Alaska members were due to expire this summer.

March 16, 2015

House Finance Reduces Cuts to Pub Broadcasting, University System

The House Finance Committee has approved restoring much of a proposed $1.7 million cut to public broadcasting and reducing by about $10 million a cut to the University of Alaska system. The committee is considering amendments to the operating budget, with a goal of getting a bill to the House floor this week. Whatever passes the House would go to the Senate.

March 10, 2015

Troopers Say Woman Injured In Fairbanks In Officer Shooting

Alaska State Troopers say a woman has been hospitalized with apparently non-life-threatening injuries in Fairbanks after a trooper-involved shooting. The woman was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Sunday evening after the incident at a Dale Road home.

March 9, 2015

Man Faces Murder Charge In Woman’s Shooting In Eagle River

A 32-year-old man is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of a 56-year-old woman in Eagle River. Police say James Andrew Baker also faces two attempted murder counts after two others were wounded early Sunday morning. He is being held without bail.

March 9, 2015

Lawmakers Discuss Federal Issues With Pot Legalization

A state Department of Law official told concerned lawmakers that regulating marijuana shouldn’t result in federal prosecution.

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March 5, 2015

Anchorage Police Identify Man Killed At Busy Intersection

Anchorage police have released the name of the pedestrian struck and killed Wednesday by an SUV.

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March 5, 2015
Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd in the Alaska Capitol, Christie Herrera, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Government Accountability, briefs legislators, staffers and members of the press about Medicaid expansion, March 4, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Medicaid Expansion Event Brings Out Lawmakers, Davidson

Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the “dangers” expansion poses in states that opt for it.

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March 4, 2015

Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

A coalition of environmental groups says it’s planning to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.

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March 2, 2015