Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau


Walker announced in 2016 that he wasn’t going ahead with the project. But the new Federal Highway Administration decision finalizes that choice.

The announcement came the same day that Mead Treadwell said he has the business experience needed to be governor – and Dunleavy doesn’t. Listen now

Marjorie Tahbone said she became aware of the ad on social media when friends forwarded it to her. Listen now

Some Alaskans with opioid addictions who are leaving prisons or juvenile justice facilities will receive federally funded job training. A grant also will pay to increase the number of people trained to provide opioid treatment. Listen now

Beltrami wants Walker and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich to reach an agreement that would leave only one of them in the race for governor. Listen now

For the second time in six months, there’s a change coming in how defendants awaiting trial must post bail. As of January, most Alaskans charged with misdemeanor offenses didn’t have to post cash bail in order to be released from jail. But due to a new change in state law, this measure is being reversed.

One approach could be based on Haven House, which serves women in Juneau, and My House, which serves homeless teens in Wasilla. Listen now

Former Alaska state Rep. Zach Fansler pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree harassment in connection with a January incident in which he struck a woman in his hotel room. Listen now

Walker has been working with a bipartisan governors’ group over the past year on health care issues. Listen now

Jill Yordy has been waiting since January to learn whether her five-year-old daughter Raven has qualified for Denali KidCare. Listen now

It took the action Friday in part as a response to a new state law that outlines a plan to draw money from permanent fund earnings to pay for state government. Listen now

The measure, modeled on similar rules enacted in Anchorage last year, could make it easier for Alaskans to know how much they’re going to pay out of pocket for healthcare. Listen now

Each Alaskan adult would be able to donate $100 increments to the raffle, when they apply for their PFD. Each $100 would count as one entry. And once per year, four winners would be drawn. Listen now

The state budget includes $20 million less for Medicaid than state officials say they’ll need. That’s to cover services provided through June 30. Listen now

There would be $5.4 billion spent on the part of the operating budget the Legislature focuses on. It’s $433 million higher than the current budget. Listen now

An amendment to Senate Bill 76 that would cut the amount that breweries and distilleries can sell as samples to customers opened up disagreements over the bill. Listen now

Under the Senate’s amendment, judges would be able to order bail for all defendants. The change isn’t final; it’s up to the House to accept or reject, possibly sending it to conference committee. Listen now

The Senate’s capital budget also doesn’t include Medicaid funding that state officials say is needed by next week to pay health care providers. Listen now

For the first time in the Alaska Permanent Fund’s 40-year history, the Legislature has adopted a plan to draw money from the fund to pay for state government. Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll sign it. Listen now

Until last week, alcohol sellers and others were in agreement over the need to make legal changes. Listen now