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Medicaid looks to cut back on new disability program users

An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for adults with developmental disabilities is looking to cut the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent.

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September 4, 2015

Medicaid looks to cut back on new disability program users

An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for adults with developmental disabilities is looking to cut the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent.

September 3, 2015

State economist: ConocoPhillips layoffs have broad reach

In wake of the announcement by energy company ConocoPhillips that it may cut about 120 jobs in Alaska, a state economist says the damage will be big.

September 3, 2015

Shell rig back on grind after storm-induced hiatus

The president of Shell Oil Co. says exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.

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September 2, 2015

Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

A U.S. official says five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia.

September 2, 2015

Medicaid expansion rolls out

The state began enrolling newly eligible residents in the Medicaid program today. That’s after the Alaska Supreme Court refused, yesterday, to temporarily block the state from expanding Medicaid.

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September 1, 2015

Alaska Supreme Court Refuses To Block Medicaid Expansion

The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid. About 20,000 more people will become eligible Tuesday.

August 31, 2015

Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska

Secretary of State John Kerry says history will not look kindly on climate change skeptics who fail to take action to curb warming.

August 31, 2015
Alaska governor to fly with President Obama to Alaska

Alaska governor to fly with President Obama to Alaska

Gov. Bill Walker will fly to Alaska with President Barack Obama on Monday.

August 31, 2015

Alaska judge blocks law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

A state court judge in Alaska has ruled that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.

August 27, 2015
Common toadflax is native to Europe, but is an invasive species in Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Oxana Maher)

Smartphone app identifies weeds invasive to Alaska

A new smartphone application is helping researchers learn where plant species invasive to Alaska are growing.

August 27, 2015
Walker plans to recommend TransCanada buy-out in gas project

Walker plans to recommend TransCanada buy-out in gas project

Under an agreement that predates Walker’s administration, TransCanada would hold the state’s interest in the pipeline and gas treatment plant, with the state having an option to buy back a portion of that interest. It’s been cast as a way for the state to not have to bear as much in upfront costs as it would without TransCanada involved.

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August 24, 2015

359 years for man convicted of double-homicide, sexual assault of a 2-year-old

Jerry Active was 24 when he was accused of the May 25, 2013, beating deaths of a couple in their 70s and the sexual assault of their 2-year-old grandchild.

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August 21, 2015

S&P says Alaska’s bond rating jeopardized by budget deficit

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services revised its outlook from stable to negative in a ratings report released Tuesday.

August 19, 2015
Anchorage hospitals appeal state’s ER bed cap

Anchorage hospitals appeal state’s ER bed cap

Anchorage’s two largest hospitals are appealing the state’s recent allocation decisions in hopes of building more emergency room beds in the next several years.

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August 18, 2015

Legislators Plot Their Next Move As Medicaid Rollout Looms

A legislative committee plans to meet Tuesday to discuss whether or not to challenge Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid in Alaska.

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August 17, 2015
Shell Gets Final Federal Approvals To Drill in the Chukchi

Shell Gets Final Federal Approvals To Drill in the Chukchi

The federal government has given Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.

August 17, 2015

Warm water, low rivers killing fish in Anchorage, Mat-Su

Uncharacteristically warm water temperatures and low river levels are killing salmon and Arctic char in Anchorage and the Matanuska and Susitna valleys.

August 14, 2015

14-year-old taken to Fairbanks hospital after shooting

A 14-year-old boy is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a Fairbanks hospital after he was accidentally shot.

August 14, 2015

Anchorage teen who hit, killed cyclist in court Friday

An Anchorage teen who ran over a cyclist with a pickup truck and drove away will soon find out whether her plea agreement will be accepted, putting her behind bars for up to three years.

August 13, 2015