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Libby Casey, C-SPAN

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Air Force Cutting Back Civilian Jobs

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau, Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC & Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Military jobs cuts are being felt in Alaska. The Air Force has eliminated more than 250 jobs previously available to civilians at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage.

November 3, 2011 - 5:20 pm

‘Minibus’ Bill Passes Senate

Alaska’s Senators say the bi-partisan passage on Tuesday of a slimmed-down bundle of spending bills is a good step for a Congress best known for gridlock.

November 1, 2011 - 5:50 pm

Kookesh Pushes for Recognition of Alaska Native Corporation

There’s a power struggle going on between Alaska Native tribes and corporations, and that battle was taken to Washington, DC last week.

October 17, 2011 - 5:36 pm

Alaska Native, American Indian Leaders Organize Priorities

As the federal budget is scrutinized for savings, there’s a mad-scramble going on in Washington to protect programs from drastic cuts.

October 13, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Former EyakTek Employee Accused of Bribery, Money Laundering Appears in Court

The former EyakTek employee accused of bribery and money laundering appeared in federal court Tuesday in Washington. Harold Babb’s attorney is trying to get him released on bond before he goes to trial, but Judge Magistrate Deborah Robinson says she’ll decide that next week.

October 11, 2011 - 12:04 pm

‘Super Committee’ Proceedings Remain A Mystery

The 12-members of Congress charged with coming up with a way to carve $1.2 trillion from the deficit have been meeting for weeks – but just what they’ve been up to is a mystery. They’re not talking much about what happens in their closed-door sessions.

October 10, 2011 - 5:26 pm

Alaska’s Senators Push Legislation to Protect Rural Post Offices

Alaska’s U.S. Senators are part of a congressional effort to stop the Postal Service from closing branches in rural areas.

October 7, 2011 - 6:31 pm

No Bond for Three Men Accused in Bribery Scandal

The men accused in a massive government contracting bribery case involving Alaska Native Corporation EyakTek are staying behind bars – three of them until trial and the fourth at least through the weekend. At a hearing in Washington D.C. today (Thursday) the lawyer for EyakTek executive Harold Babb asked for a few more days before making his argument as to why Babb should be released on bond.

October 6, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Congress Considers Hearings on EyakTek Investigation

The arrest yesterday (Tuesday) of an executive at the Eyak Alaska Native Corporation’s subsidiary EyakTek and two Army Corps of Engineers employees has some members of Congress clamoring for hearings, and has Alaska’s delegation worried about the fallout.

October 5, 2011 - 9:47 pm

Feds Arrest EyakTek Executive in Multi-Million Dollar Scam

An executive of Alaska Native Corporation Eyak Tek was arrested yesterday for his alleged role in a major 20 million dollar bribery and kickback scheme. Harold Babb was director of contracts for Eyak Technology LLC, which operates under the Eyak Native Corporation.

October 5, 2011 - 11:20 am

EyakTek Director Arrested in Major Bribery Case

An employee of Alaska Native Corporation EyakTek was arrested today (Tuesday) for his alleged role in a major 20 million dollar bribery and kickback scheme.

October 4, 2011 - 10:31 pm

Longtime State Employee in DC Resigns Over Partisanship

After serving eight governors, the director of Alaska’s Washington D.C. office is resigning. John Katz plans to leave the post at the end of the year.

October 4, 2011 - 10:29 pm

Short Term Spending Deal Passes Through the Senate

The Senate reached an agreement Monday night that looks like it will stave off a government shutdown. Democrats and Republicans had been bickering over funding for victims of natural disasters like the recent floods and earthquakes in the Lower 48.

September 27, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Former Crew Members Attempted to Turn in Fuglvog

When Senator Murkowski’s fisheries aide pulled out from consideration for an influential job in the Obama Administration two years ago, he said it was because the process was taking too long.

September 26, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Congress Unable to Agree on Short Term Spending Bill

The U.S. Congress couldn’t agree on a short term spending plan to keep the government open after the end of this month, so the threat of a shutdown looms again.

September 23, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Waivers Available for No Child Left Behind Act

States can now get waivers from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era education law. In exchange they’ll have to come up with ways on the state level to boost student achievement and close gaps in performance.

September 23, 2011 - 4:44 pm

Waivers Available for No Child Left Behind Act

States can now get waivers from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era education law. In exchange they’ll have to come up with ways on the state level to boost student achievement and close gaps in performance.

September 23, 2011 - 10:41 am

Short Term Spending Bill Shot Down in House

The U.S. government again faces threat of a shutdown because of Congressional disagreements. The House failed to pass a short term spending bill Wednesday night that would keep government running past Sept. 30. Its defeat was a surprise blow to House GOP leadership. Despite Speaker John Boehner’s entreaties four dozen Republicans defected and voted against the bill.

September 22, 2011 - 12:40 pm
Photo by Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC: Advocates for and against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge testified before the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.  From left: Kaktovik City Council Member Fenton Rexford, "Ice Road Truckers" star Carey Hall with Carlile Trucking,  Fairbanks union leader Tim Sharp and David Jenkins with Republicans for Environmental Protection.

ANWR Drilling Discussion Continues in DC

The decades-long debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge continued in Washington on Wednesday, this time with a focus on what exploration would mean for jobs and the U.S. economy.

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September 21, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Probe of Arctic Slope Native Corporation 8a Contract Requested by McCaskill

U.S. Senator Clare McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and Chair of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, has asked the NASA inspector general to investigate a contract between NASA and an Arctic Slope Regional Corporation subsidiary.

September 20, 2011 - 6:19 pm