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  • Lawmakers OK bill loosening rules for distilleries in Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five craft distilleries will be treated like breweries in Alaska, meaning they can offer samples and sell directly to customers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/fhLIof) the change comes after the Legislature approved House Bill 309 from Rep. Chris...

  • Alaska House panel advances governor's pension plan

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The House Finance Committee advanced Gov. Sean Parnell's plan for addressing the state's pension obligation Tuesday, but the issue was not yet settled. As HB385 was moving from committee, Senate Finance was meeting on the opposite end of the fifth floor of the Capitol,...

  • Lack of starter homes still a problem for Juneau

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A lack of affordable housing for young families continues to be a problem in Alaska's capital. The Juneau Empire reports (http://is.gd/FHcJLy) four builders updated city officials Monday on the city's housing situation. They were among those who testified last year about...

  • Don't let politics ruin Alaska's energy future

    Even if you have never beheld Mt. McKinley or worked along the expansive Alaskan pipeline, you can appreciate the natural beauty and natural resource benefits of the magnificent state of Alaska. During the summer of 1977, I worked in Alaska, 160 miles above the Arctic Circle, as a weather...

  • Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell's pension plan gets municipal support

    Municipal leaders on Saturday expressed support for Gov. Sean Parnell's approach to addressing the state's pension obligation.

  • Alaska Senate passes capital budget

    The state Senate passed a $2.2 billion state capital budget Friday, along with a bill to raise the borrowing limit of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority as part of an overall package to help build a new heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

  • Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare." An independent group in Alaska is airing a TV ad that praises Democratic Sen. Mark Begich...

  • Alaska House speaker pushes for minimum wage bill

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — House Speaker Mike Chenault on Thursday said legislative passage of a bill to raise Alaska's minimum wage would guarantee that wages go up, while the outcome of a similar ballot initiative would be dependent on the whim of votes. Chenault, R-Nikiski, said most lawmakers...

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski excoriates Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Alaska road decision

    The birds are putting Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at "loggerheads." At issue is Jewell's December rejection of a congressionally approved land swap that would have permitted a 10-mile road to run through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska....

  • Poll shows Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trailing for the first time

    Begich is even with Dan S. Sullivan and trails Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, according to Rasmussen Reports. Are Democrats in danger of losing this seat?

  • New Mark Begich ad features video of his late father

    As he faces a challenging re-election bid this year, one of the most potent weapons Sen. Mark Begich has is his name. Begich, D-Alaska, is the son of former Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, who disappeared in a presumed plane crash in 1972 -- and who is still well-remembered in the state. In a...

  • Senate Finance proposes $9.1 billion operating budget

    The Senate Finance Committee has proposed a $9.1 billion state operating budget, comparable in size to the package the House recently passed.

  • Alaska Senate passes bill to advance gas project

    The Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project, over nagging concerns about the role of TransCanada Corp.

  • Rep. Darrell Issa calls for Pebble Mine probe

    House Republicans are calling for an investigation into whether the Environmental Protection Agency planned to kill a controversial Alaska copper-and-gold mine from its inception, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner. The EPA last month moved toward issuing a preemptive...

  • Bill proposes confidentiality for Alaska Public Offices Commission complaints

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A House committee has advanced legislation that would keep confidential complaints made with the Alaska Public Offices Commission until or unless the commission determines a violation has occurred. Rep. Pete Higgins says your name is all you have and his bill, HB235, is...



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