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Nome delegation attends conference, visits capital urging Arctic port development

Nome delegation attends conference, visits capital urging Arctic port development

The Arctic has been a hot topic lately. The region has the subject of countless conferences around the world, many of which also address issues of climate change and sustainability. But another focus of Arctic discussions has been development.
January 29, 2016
City council passes Nome’s first commercial marijuana regulation

City council passes Nome’s first commercial marijuana regulation

When the topic has been brought up at past meetings, the Council focused far more on understanding the basics of the state’s regulations, rather than working out the fine details of their own. That’s because, even with the recent legalization of commercial marijuana, the barriers to actually transporting it legally to anywhere off Alaska’s road system are significant.
January 29, 2016

FDA stops imports of genetically engineered salmon

The FDA issued an alert this morning to stop imports of genetically engineered salmon.
January 29, 2016

Legislative committee raises concern over new DEC rules

A joint House and Senate committee on Thursday quizzed Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response Director Kristin Ryan on a new set of regulations that they say could be overly burdensome to companies and people throughout the state.
January 29, 2016

Lawmakers approve removing records from online court system

The Alaska Senate has approved a bill that calls for records of acquittals, dismissed cases and dropped cases to be erased from the state's online court record system.
January 29, 2016
Corrections nominee aims to improve safety for intoxicated people who are detained

Corrections nominee aims to improve safety for intoxicated people who are detained

Last year, Dean Williams found many problems with the state Department of Corrections that contributed to the deaths of dozens in Alaska’s prisons and jails. Now he will be in position to do something about it. Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday nominated Williams to be corrections commissioner. Download Audio
January 28, 2016
Special election announced to recall North Slope mayor

Special election announced to recall North Slope mayor

North Slope officials have called for a special election to recall Mayor Charlotte Brower after residents successfully gathered enough signatures on a petition. Download Audio
January 28, 2016
Bethel City Council imposes 6-month hold on marijuana operations

Bethel City Council imposes 6-month hold on marijuana operations

Bethel City Council unanimously passed a six-month moratorium on marijuana license applications on Tuesday. The moratorium places a hold on the city processing any land use, zoning, or licensing approvals for marijuana operations in Bethel.
January 28, 2016

Medicaid reform bills include provisions to root out fraud

Gov. Bill Walker's administration is proposing a renewed focus on cracking down on waste and fraud in Alaska's Medicaid program.
January 28, 2016

Alaska governor lays out expectations for gas line progress

Gov. Bill Walker says he wants the state and the North Slope's major producers to reach agreement on key contracts and issues related to a major gas project before the end of the current legislative session
January 28, 2016

New Medicaid reform committee strives for savings

As lawmakers look to trim the state’s budget shortfall, their attention is focusing on one of the biggest areas of the budget: Medicaid. Download Audio
January 27, 2016
Regents endorse UA President's plan to streamline university system

Regents endorse UA President’s plan to streamline university system

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has endorsed UA President Jim Johnsen's plan to restructure the university system, as it faces continuing declines in state funding. Download Audio
January 27, 2016
New subcommittee focusing on Medicaid reform

New subcommittee focusing on Medicaid reform

The Senate Fiance Committee is creating a new subcommittee to look at Medicaid reform. Senator Anna MacKinnon, a Republican from Eagle River, will chair the subcommittee. She says the other members will be announced Wednesday morning.
January 27, 2016
Pot testing rules difficult to meet for island communities

Pot testing rules difficult to meet for island communities

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has turned down a proposed change to marijuana regulations that would have made it easier for southeast and rural Alaska communities to comply with testing requirements.
January 27, 2016
Alaska's Future campaign urges lawmakers to tap Permanent Fund

Alaska’s Future campaign urges lawmakers to tap Permanent Fund

An unlikely coalition of Alaskans, ranging from business and union leaders, to Alaska Native Corporations and past politicians, are launching the Alaska's Future campaign. The initiative is promoting long-term solutions to the state's fiscal crisis, and the group says the Permanent Fund needs to play a crucial role. Download Audio
January 26, 2016
For one brief day, women run the U.S. Senate

For one brief day, women run the U.S. Senate

In Washington, the side streets of Capitol Hill look suitable for running the Iditarod. But the U.S. Senate did meet this morning. For all of 10 minutes. Only the female senators from two northern states participated. Download Audio
January 26, 2016

Proposal to boost min. enrollment makes little headway

A controversial proposal to increase minimum school enrollment seems unlikely to pass this session, if such a bill even materializes. Download Audio
January 26, 2016

New Senate group convened to scrutinize Medicaid reform

The Senate Fiance Committee is creating a new subcommittee to look at Medicaid reform. Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, will lead the subcommittee. She says the other members will be announced Wednesday morning.
January 26, 2016

Alaska Democrats vote to allow independents in party primary

Alaska Democratic party leaders have approved allowing candidates not affiliated with a political party to run in the Democratic primary.
January 26, 2016
Senate to take up energy modernization bill

Senate to take up energy modernization bill

The big snow storm that struck the East Coast over the weekend has delayed the start of Congress’s work week. But when the Senate returns, it will take up one of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s biggest priorities: an energy modernization bill. Murkowski says the energy world has changed a lot since 2007, when the last such bill passed Congress. Download Audio
January 25, 2016