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Members of the House Majority Caucus speak to reporters during a press availability on Thursday. From right are Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and Rep. Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla.

Ferry system budget slashed in committee

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s budget — and ferry service to several dependent communities — was dealt a significant blow Thursday morning when the House Finance Subcommittee on the...

Egan introduces bill to name SLAM after Native historian

A bill introduced Friday aims to name Juneau's new state library, archives, and museum after an Alaska Native historian.

Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq prepares for final trials

SEWARD — A floating Arctic laboratory four decades in the making has arrived at its home port and stands poised to begin unlocking mysteries of one of the wildest places on Earth. The 261-foot Sikuliaq (see-KOO'-...
Dan Joling

Panel takes Medicaid expansion items from department budget

JUNEAU — A House subcommittee has removed items related to Medicaid expansion from the Alaska health department's budget, despite objections of minority Democrats. Republicans on the subcommittee, comprised of...
Becky Bohrer

Budget proposal could ground some aircraft

JUNEAU – A budget proposal laid out Thursday could wind up grounding two search and rescue helicopters and a plane capable of prisoner and personnel transports. An Alaska House subcommittee denied a $2.
Becky Bohrer

Fairbanks borough allows pot smoking on private property

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks North Star Borough residents will be allowed to smoke marijuana anywhere on their property. The assembly on Thursday approved most general guidelines set by the state and the cities of...

Bill would allow for new license plates for veterans

JUNEAU — Veterans who have received certain medals could have additional license plates to choose from. The House Military and Veterans' Affair Committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would allow the state...

Bush Caucus hears need for water, sewer work in rural Alaska

JUNEAU - There is a total of about $900 million in needed water and sewer work throughout rural Alaska, state officials said.

Anchorage hospital wins trauma care upgrade

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage hospital is only the second in Alaska to win nationally recognized status to treat patients needing the most critical care. KTUU reported Providence Alaska Medical Center obtained level 2...

Bethel man arraigned on murder charge in death of girlfriend

BETHEL – A 27-year-old Bethel man has been arraigned on charges he strangled his girlfriend after she annoyed him while they were drinking, and he left her decomposing body in the apartment.

North Pole Refinery tax assessment cut by more than half

FAIRBANKS - The North Pole Refinery has been assessed at less than half of its 2014 value and the result will likely be a larger-than-expected tax hit for the city of North Pole.


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