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Company eyeing new Cook Inlet oil defends tax credit program

A small company working to develop Cook Inlet’s first new oil pool in years is urging policymakers to use restraint when considering changes to the state’s controversial oil-tax credit program.

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State buys out TransCanada’s interest in gas project

The state of Alaska has completed its acquisition of TransCanada Corp.’s interest in a major gas project. Gov. Bill Walker, in a release, called it an historic day.

Jenny Neyman, KDLL - Kenai

Fishing guides weigh in on licensing, logbook programs

A bill to reinstate the fishing guide licensing and logbook programs in Alaska will come before the Senate Finance Committee in January. But before lawmakers have their say, fishing guides get to weigh in during a series of public meetings held around the state this month and next.

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Alaska working on rules for legalized pot industry

Alaska working on rules for legalized pot industry

The state of Alaska is working to finalize rules that will help govern its legal marijuana trade. But some industry supporters say a proposed ban on on-site consumption flies in the face of an initiative approved by voters last year.

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Alaska governor says refugee vetting process ‘stringent’

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says refugees seeking to come to the U.S. must go through a “stringent” process. His office says Walker was among the governors who participated in a briefing with officials from the White House, FBI and State Department on the refugee process.

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Alaska National Guard calls for new military code

The Alaska National Guard is asking lawmakers to pass a new version of the state’s code of military justice to help fix a lack of accountability in the guard.

Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

DNR announces three-month closure of Haines forestry office

DNR announces three-month closure of Haines forestry office

The State Department of Natural Resources has announced the dates for the short-term closure of the Haines State Forestry office.

Quinton Chandler, KBBI - Homer

Homer, state argue over gas assessments

The City of Homer wants the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to pay a little more than $26,000 in natural gas assessments for eight state-owned plots of land. DOT refuses. The city and DOT are negotiating a solution.

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Ketchikan marijuana committee to consider pot tax proposal

A Ketchikan resident is proposing a tax on marijuana to support funding for school travel.

Laura Kraegel - KNOM Nome

Potential legislation could close small schools in Diomede, Nome, and other western communities

To receive state funding, Alaska schools must have a minimum of 10 students. At least, that’s the rule right now. But some lawmakers are looking at raising the number to 20 students — or even 25 — in an effort to slash state spending. If passed, the legislation could close around 60 schools statewide, including several in western Alaska.

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Alaska’s employment outlook

For decades people came to Alaska for good paying jobs, but what’s the outlook now for the future of our labor economy? With declining oil revenue, what will a great job in Alaska look like 10 years from now? How does this current downturn compare to past financial trouble?

APRN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Is the state finally ready for the gas line?

For decades, Alaska Governors have worked to sign a pipeline deal to sell gas from the North Slope. None have been able to come up with the right formula yet. Current Governor Bill Walker has pushed for gas line development for most of his professional life. Is the time finally right for this massive project?

APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10:00am

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Molly Dischner, KDLG - Dillingham

Scott Kelley named state’s director of commercial fisheries

The state has a new director of commercial fisheries. Long-time Fish and Game employee Scott Kelley takes over Wednesday, replacing Jeff Regnart, who retired at the start of October.

Economic and legal impacts of Anchorage’s equal protection ordinance

Alaska was the first state in the nation to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, now Anchorage is the first city in our state to pass an equal protection ordinance that makes discrimination illegal in employment or housing for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 10:00am

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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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