Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
It’s the fourth time in the past month that the state has a new daily high.
The lawsuit alleges that changes that Governor Dunleavy made to a relief plan approved by the legislature are unconstitional.
State will mail absentee ballot applications to seniors. Critics say that makes ballot access unequal.
Some lawmakers and advocates have raised concerns that not sending absentee applications to all voters will make it harder for younger and minority voters to send in their ballots. Those demographics tend to vote Democratic.
“The events of the past few months and the moment our nation is currently in has shown an urgent need for history to be more thoroughly understood,” said Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson.
Changes loosened the rules, but some businesses still won't qualify for state funding because they received federal funds.
The difference between the $992 and the $1000 that the legislature approved is due to a higher than expected amount being set aside to cover other costs paid for out of the dividend funding.
With 24 new cases reported on Thursday, Alaska has more active cases than it ever has, though hospital and ventilator capacity has also increased.
Dunleavy didn’t list specific changes he would advocate, but said he expects ideas to come from conversations between Alaskans.
State law allows parties ballot access if they get 3% of the vote in the most recent statewide general election, but the party contends ballot access should be a constitutional right.
With health care spending down 60% from May, some hospitals are struggling to survive.
The four justices sitting on the Alaska Supreme Court released a letter on Friday committing themselves to making the court an accessible and impartial forum.
The state says that even for travelers who receive a test at the airport, they should take a second test a week to 14 days later.
“I’m proud of Alaskans who may not go to the get togethers are still in support of our free speech.”
Alaska to replace 14-day quarantine with testing, preferably in advance but also offered at airports
Gov. Dunleavy is ending Alaska's 14-day quarantine. Instead, visitors and returning Alaskans will be asked to take a test within 72 hours of boarding an Alaska-bound flight.
The Legislature already passed a $1000 dividend to be paid in July. Now Dunleavy wants a second payout, which he said will help Alaskans have the cash they need to keep the economy going.
The four people on board the plane survived, but reported injuries.
Lawmakers met on Wednesday to hear from health care providers and labor leaders about their concerns as workplaces in Alaska reopen.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill to distribute over $1.1 billion in funding after the House adjourned
State law prohibits the use of state facilities for partisan political purposes, except to discuss political strategy or use communications equipment, as long as there is no charge to the state.