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  • Alaska lawmakers announce tentative deal on education

    Lawmakers late Wednesday announced a tentative deal on an education package, the issue that sent them into an extended legislative session.

  • Legislative negotiators seek education resolution in Alaska

    House and Senate negotiators worked toward resolution Tuesday on an education package that sent the legislative session into overtime, nibbling away at points of possible agreement. While some lawmakers are eager to wrap things up, a key lawmaker said the process would not be rushed.

  • Capital budget 1 of last big pieces pending

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One of the last big pieces to be resolved before lawmakers wrap up their work is the capital budget. The House began taking up amendments Monday. Sunday was supposed to mark the end of the legislative session, but ran long after the House and Senate failed to find...

  • Tardy lawmakers push Alaska legal pot vote to fall

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A ballot measure that could make Alaska the third state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana is getting pushed back to the November ballot because lawmakers couldn't end their session on time. State election officials confirmed Monday that the marijuana...

  • Alaska Senate passes new approach to pension obligation

    The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation setting out a new approach for addressing the state's pension obligation Saturday, less than three hours after the plan emerged from the Senate Finance Committee.

  • Alaska lawmakers plan to power through on education

    After blowing past midnight on what was supposed to be the last day of session, Alaska lawmakers planned to plow on with their work on Monday in a bid to resolve their differences on education.

  • 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....



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