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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
Rep. Benjamin Nageak addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, Feb. 4, 2015. He was speaking as the primary sponsor of HJR 10, a resolution opposing the revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

State Rep. Nageak Taken From Capitol By Ambulance

A Barrow state representative was taken by ambulance from the state Capitol Wednesday. House Speaker Mike Chenault said Rep. Benjamin Nageak, a Democrat from Barrow, wasn’t feeling well and given his medical history, it was thought better to have Nageak checked by medical personnel than to do nothing.

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February 25, 2015

Lawmakers Weigh Exempting Alaska From Daylight Saving Time

A state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time. The bill, from Sen. Anna MacKinnon, moved from the Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

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February 10, 2015

Alaska Lawmaker Introduces Right-To-Die Legislation

An Anchorage lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow terminally ill patients the right to decide to end their lives with the help of a physician.

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February 9, 2015

State Seeks Delay In Indian Country Expansion

Governor Bill Walker’s administration is seeking more time to assess the potential impact of expanding Indian Country in Alaska.

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February 6, 2015

Senate Finance Considering Bringing On Former Commissioners As Consultants

The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.

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January 20, 2015