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Anchorage Mayor: Obama Visit to Cause ‘Minimal Disruption’ Downtown

Anchorage Mayor: Obama Visit to Cause ‘Minimal Disruption’ Downtown

Mayor Berkowitz today announced which street will close for security. He said residents should be flexible when visiting downtown for the first half of the week, but he says the event won’t shut down commerce.

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August 27, 2015

Judge strikes down law restricting Medicaid-funded abortions

The Alaska Superior Court today struck down a state law that would have limited Medicaid coverage of abortions for low-income women. The judge found the law, which imposes a strict definition of “medically necessary abortion” violates the equal protection guarantees of Alaska’s constitution.

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August 27, 2015
Walker Hopes to Reframe POTUS Perspective

Walker Hopes to Reframe POTUS Perspective

President Obama’s visit to Alaska is now less than a week away, and he’s not the only one with an agenda for his trip.
“It’s an exciting time for Alaska. We don’t have a lot of presidents who stop here unless they’re low of fuel,” Gov. Walker says.

August 25, 2015
Legislative panel votes to spend $450K to stop Medicaid expansion in court

Legislative panel votes to spend $450K to stop Medicaid expansion in court

A legislative panel has voted to sue Gov. Bill Walker to stop Medicaid expansion. The Legislative Council made the announcement after a closed door meeting in Anchorage on Tuesday morning.

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August 18, 2015
Climate change, not Arctic drilling, drives Obama trip to Alaska

Climate change, not Arctic drilling, drives Obama trip to Alaska

President Barack Obama is coming to Alaska later this month. The White House released a video Thursday morning to explain why he will be the first sitting president to visit Alaska’s Arctic.

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August 14, 2015
Mayor Pulls The Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software Project

Mayor Pulls The Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software Project

A massive software project that’s run millions of dollars and years over budget was halted today by Anchorage’s new mayor. The move is meant to reexamine the city’s path forward, but won’t totally shut off money for the project.

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August 13, 2015
Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

The group setting up Alaska’s rules for commercial marijuana is on pace to finish regulations by a November 24th deadline. But just barely.

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August 12, 2015

State senator rescinds subpoena for video in inmate death

A Republican state senator is appealing to the Department of Corrections commissioner in an effort to get surveillance video related to an inmate’s death.

August 12, 2015

AG Rejects Cook Inlet Gas Facility Sale, Calls for Revision

Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards has rejected the proposed sale of a Cook Inlet natural gas processing facility that’s targeted for expansion to produce more gas for Fairbanks.

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August 11, 2015

Sullivan to host meetings in Alaska on veterans’ health care

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is hosting meetings in Alaska to hear from veterans on health care provided through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

August 11, 2015
The changing role of Alaska’s military

The changing role of Alaska’s military

Today we’ll be discussing the changing role of the military in Alaska. The state has unique training grounds and conditions, and that’s no small part of why it hosts the kind of large-scale exercises we’ve seen this summer. But recently announced reductions in Army personnel at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the years ahead, as well as a growing focus on the Pacific theater are complicating Alaska’s place in the military.

KSKA: Friday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 8, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 8, at 6:00 p.m.

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August 7, 2015
On the far left, the new interim director for Alaska's Veterans Affairs,  Dr. Linda Boyle, and to her right Associate Interim Director Shawn Bransky.

Choice Improvement Act helps close VA funding gap

A move by the Obama Administration has freed up money in Alaska to close a funding gap in healthcare for veterans.

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August 6, 2015
Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft. Photo: KRBD

Coast Guard Boss: Ahoy! Icebreakers on Budget Horizon

The head of the U.S. Coast Guard says lawmakers and the national security staff are waking up to the need for more icebreakers as the Arctic opens to increased ship traffic.

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August 6, 2015
Tribes to get voice in state transboundary mine work

Tribes to get voice in state transboundary mine work

State government will formally involve tribal groups in its transboundary mining work. Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made that commitment Wednesday while meeting in Juneau with Southeast Native leaders.

August 6, 2015
Gov. Walker Meets With Kuskokwim Tribes on Trust Lands

Gov. Walker Meets With Kuskokwim Tribes on Trust Lands

Governor Bill Walker was in Akiachak and Tuluskak Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit involving tribal lands into trust, according to officials in Akiachak. Walker’s office kept his first visit to southwest Alaska since his election low profile amid high interest in a case that could reshape jurisdiction on Alaska Native lands.

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August 5, 2015

Thieves who stole flags from Capitol turn themselves in

The three men who climbed the Alaska Capitol and stole the American and Alaska flags have turned themselves in to police.

August 5, 2015
Sen. Lisa Murkowski Photo: KTOO - Juneau.

Murkowski’s Planned Parenthood Vote Has Left Seething, Right Unmoved

Reaction to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s ‘yes’ vote, in favor of moving a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, is ricocheting around Alaska and social media. Alaskans who support abortion rights feel burned while conservatives aren’t giving Murkowski much credit for it.

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August 4, 2015
Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules, For Now

Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules, For Now

The White House and the EPA today released the final version of its rule to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The administration’s Clean Power Plan sets targets that states have to meet and requires them to submit plans detailing how they will acheive them. But Alaska will not have to comply with new mandates, at least not yet.

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August 3, 2015

Murkowski Votes to Move Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

A bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate today. Sen. Dan Sullivan is a co-sponsor. Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to advance the defunding measure also, but she says she doesn’t want to see Planned Parenthood’s funding removed without an investigation.

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August 3, 2015

Alaska power plants exempt from new greenhouse gas emission rules

Alaska will be exempt from new federal rules aimed at cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she got word Monday in a phone call from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

August 3, 2015