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Alaska Delegation Responds to State of the Union Speech

Alaska’s Congressional delegation appreciated President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address Tuesday night to cut red tape and spur employment, energy development and innovation.

Kip Knudson Takes Over As Director Of Alaska’s DC Offices

When the director of the State of Alaska’s office in Washington DC retired a few weeks ago, Senator Lisa Murkowski took to the Senate floor to publically praise John Katz.

Begich Returns From Afghanistan Trip

Alaska Senator Mark Begich says his confidence in the possible success of the war in Afghanistan is higher after a brief, intense trip to the country. He spoke with reporters Monday after returning.

Alaska Gas Line Passes Hurdle With Filed Reports While Federal Coordinator Office Has Layoffs

After stalling and delays last month, TransCanada and Exxon Mobil have filed draft resource reports on their proposed Alaska natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

President Obama Proposes Moving NOAA to Department of Interior

President Obama announced Friday a plan to shake up and streamline federal departments and agencies. As part of that, he wants to move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA from under the Commerce Department to Interior.

Judge Rules Justice Department Can’t Withhold Young Investigation Files

The Justice Department cannot categorically keep sealed its criminal investigation files on Congressman Don Young, according to a federal judge in Washington, DC. U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department was in the wrong when it refused to turn over any of its files to an anti-corruption watchdog group.

Obama Outlines Military Future

Thursday, President Obama outlined a new approach to America’s military mission. It calls for a leaner, more mobile fighting force with fewer ground troops, but with investments in new technologies – and a focus on Asia and the Pacific.

Year In Review: Washington DC, Nome and Sitka

In this last week of 2011, APRN and our member station reporters from across the state are taking a moment to reflect back on some of the stories that were significant for Alaskans. Today we’ll hear from the first three in our week-long series.

TransCanada, Exxon Mobil Hold Off On Filing Resource Reports

TransCanada and Exxon Mobil are deferring filing the next step in paperwork to get a natural gas pipeline built to the Lower 48, and they’re assigning responsibility for that to Governor Sean Parnell.

Ethics Committee Clears Rep. Young Of Alleged Violations

The House Ethics Committee has cleared Congressman Don Young of violations, but it’s changing the rules to prevent the type of fundraising he did.

US House Republicans Plan To Reject Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Republicans in the U.S. House are rejecting a plan to extend the popular payroll tax cut Americans are now getting.

Begich Chairs Hearing on Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska Senator Mark Begich yesterday got to use the power of his Commerce subcommittee chairmanship to aim some barbs at genetically engineered salmon. Begich and Senator Lisa Murkowski have introduced a bill that would ban interstate commerce of what they're calling "frankenfish."

Senate Confirms Judge Morgan Christen

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Morgan Christen on Thursday to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The tally was 95-3.

Spending Bill Proposes Pipeline Office Cuts

The Federal Office that’s coordinating plans for an Alaska natural gas pipeline project takes a huge hit in a spending bill unveiled by the U.S. House over night.

Congress Wrestles With Payroll Tax Holiday Funding

Democrats and Republicans are wrestling over how to pay for continuing the payroll tax holiday that’s been in affect this year.

Congress Works To Keep Government Funded As Latest Continuing Resolution Ends

Congress is scheduled to adjourn for the holidays within the week, but there’s a hefty to-do list remaining before they can leave Washington.

Tribal Leaders Meet at White House Summit

For the third time in as many years, tribal leaders are gathered in Washington for a summit with the White House. President Obama told the hundreds of Native leaders at the Department of the Interior auditorium today (Friday) that his administration will improve educational opportunities in their communities.

Treadwell Pushes For New Icebreakers

Thursday, Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor pressed Congress for new icebreaker ships to operate in the Arctic. Mead Treadwell testified before a Transportation subcommittee in Washington Thursday morning and said the United States also needs legal measures to protect its shores from unregulated, foreign vessels carrying hazardous cargo near Alaska’s coasts.

Murkowski Calls For Investigation Into Why Justice Department Not Investigating Allen

Senator Lisa Murkowski is calling for an investigation into why the Justice Department is not prosecuting former Veco executive Bill Allen.

House Ethics Committee Extends Probe of Rep. Young

The House Ethics Committee is extending an investigation into possible violations by Rep. Don Young of Alaska. Today’s announcement was the first public confirmation that the ethics panel is probing into Young. The Congressman's office says the investigation centers around donations made to his legal defense fund and whether they exceed the legal limit.