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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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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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.

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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.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

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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Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO - Juneau

Conservationists Declare Victory in Court’s Tongass Road Ruling

Conservationists Declare Victory in Court’s Tongass Road Ruling

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 2003 exemption today that would have made it possible to build roads through the Tongass National Forest.

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The Associated Press

Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses

Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses.

Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has asked the state’s Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai to resign. Claire Richardson is special assistant to Mallott. She says they accepted Fenumiai’s resignation on Friday.

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Senate’s ex-spokeswoman will plead guilty to assault, DUI

The Alaska Senate’s former chief spokeswoman is expected to serve at least two months in jail after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

The Associated Press

Senators seek hearing on Walker’s Medicaid expansion plans

The chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee says he’ll take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion.

Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

Legislature Reconsiders How to Distribute Public School Funding

The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee listens to a report on how to improve the school funding formula. Hillman/KSKA

The state’s Legislative Budget and Audit Committee is examining how education funding is distributed. A new study doesn’t look at how much money districts should get. Instead, it asks if all the districts are being treated fairly.

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The future of Alaska’s megaprojects

The six so called megaprojects that Governor Walker put on hold soon after taking office have already received millions in state and federal funds but would take billions to actually complete. Where would the money come from? If the state stops them completely will the federal money have to be repaid?

APRN: Tuesday, 8/4 at 10:00am

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Alaska’s budget woes and the effects on public safety

Budget cuts are creating stress for communities trying to keep their citizens safe with fewer dollars for law enforcement. In a state with staggering statistics for violence and sexual assault, how can municipalities, cities, and villages keep the peace amid jail closures, fewer troopers and local police.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/28 at 10:00am

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The purpose and history of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend

Today, we’re talking about the Permanent Fund. Some House Republicans want to move some of the fund’s earnings into the body of the fund so it can’t be touched. Others are tossing around the idea of using the Permanent Fund as collateral for earning more money for the General Fund. Is this what the Fund is for? So, we’re taking a step back and looking at the history of the Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend.

KSKA: Friday, 5/29, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/29, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 4:30 p.m.
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The Legislative Special Session

Lawmakers have gaveled out of the Governor’s special session without acting on his requests of fully funding the state budget, expanding medicaid and passing sexual abuse prevention legislation, known as Erin’s law for schools. Legislators have now called themselves into special session. What changes when lawmakers make the call?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/26 at 10:00am

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The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.

KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
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