Boston-Based Firm To Help Design State Health Insurance Exchange

The state of Alaska is planning to sign a contract with a Boston-based firm to help design a health insurance exchange.

Anchorage Port Director Announces Retirement

Bill Sheffield is stepping down from his post as director of the Port of Anchorage project. Sheffield outlined his plans in a letter to Anchorage city officials this week.

State Gets Money For Efforts To Enroll Children In Public Health Care

Alaska is one of 23 states to share $296.5 million in federal payments for encouraging low-income families to enroll their children in public health programs.

Judge Releases BP From Probation For 2009 Spill

A federal judge today sided with BP Exploration in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Government alleging two probation violations stemming from a 2009 oil spill.

Part One: Health Care In Alaska

Alaska’s Health Care costs are among the highest in the world. And the state chartered Alaska Health Care Commission has spent the last year trying to figure out why. It’s a complicated problem and finding answers is not easy.

State Gives $1.5 Million To Support Suicide, Substance Abuse Prevention In Southwest Alaska

The State has awarded The Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks nearly $1.5 million to support rural Southwestern Alaska Yup’ik communities in their suicide and substance abuse prevention efforts.

Federal Definition Of Homelessness Finalized

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last month finalized the federal definition of homelessness. The new definition reflects changing times.

Budget Would Put New Trooper Helicopter In Fairbanks

Governor Sean Parnell has budgeted money for a new State Trooper helicopter in Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the allocation is aimed at improving search and rescue response in the interior.

Slower Internet Likely to Persist in Rural Alaska

A major reform announced last month by the Federal Communications Commission promises to extend high-speed internet access to people in rural areas across the country.

Petition To Restore Coastal Zone Management Hits Streets

The petition books for a ballot measure to restore Alaska's Coastal Zone Management program have hit the street.

EPA Issues New Mercury Emission Regulations

Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued new, strict, regulations on mercury emissions from coal fired power plants.

Capital Budget Proposes Southeast Boat Harbor Improvements

Governor Sean Parnell’s capital budget proposes improving eight Southeast boat harbors. They’re among dozens of regional projects in the administration’s public-works spending plan for the next fiscal year.

NPS Banned From Spending Money On Yukon Charley Law Enforcement

A provision in an omnibus spending package passed by Congress last week bans the National Park Service from spending money on law enforcement on the Yukon River inside the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve.

APOC Issues Decision On RBG Bush Planes Investigation

The Alaska Public Offices Commission has issued a decision regarding their investigation into RBG Bush Planes for alleged illegal campaign contributions.

Petersburg Drops Redistricting Challenge

Petersburg will give up its legal challenge over redistricting. While they were not happy about losing their long-time legislators next year, the Mayor and the majority of city councilors Monday voted not to appeal the case to the Alaska Supreme Court.

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.

BBNA Preparing Transit System Plan

The Bristol Bay Native Association is getting ready to plan a transit system for Bristol Bay. BBNA officials say the service could link people who live in Southwest Alaska’s outlying villages to regional hubs like Dillingham for work, medical care and other services.

Pat Douglas Selected To Replace Fred Torrisi as Dillingham Superior Court Judge

A local attorney has been appointed to replace retired Dillingham judge Fred Torisi. Pat Douglas is thoroughly familiar with the justice system there, as Mike Mason of member station KDLG reports.