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Session continues, budget vote pending

JUNEAU - The extended state legislative session carries on, with a vote pending on a state spending plan.
Senate President Kevin Meyer said Sunday that Senate minority leader Berta Gardner wanted to wait to take up the budget.

by Becky Bohrer

Gov cites public confusion in not signing school bond bill

JUNEAU - A bill that would pause the state's obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker's signature.
Becky Bohrer

1 million passengers expected on Alaska cruises in 2015

JUNEAU — Alaska is preparing for a strong tourist season, with industry forecasts predicting about 1 million passengers on Alaska cruises. KTOO-FM reported that former state lawmaker and current president of...

Society for Creative Anachronism spins wool as part of medieval re-enactment

KODIAK - Most people don't think about where their clothes come from, but members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which re-enacts medieval lifestyles, know it takes a lot of work to get from raw fibers to clothing.
JULIE HERMANN

Ketchikan-area lawmakers push for island-wide tobacco tax

KETCHIKAN — Ketchikan local government officials are pushing for an island-wide tobacco tax that would include e-cigarettes. The Cooperative Relations Committee, a joint group of the Ketchikan City Council and...

Alaska Legislature passes child support bill

JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers have passed legislation to bring state child support law into line with an international treaty under which the United States and other nations enforce child-support orders for one another....

Vets plan to summit McKinley in tribute

ANCHORAGE - Four military veterans are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain on Memorial Day, armed with the names of hundreds of Americans who have died while serving their country.
RACHEL D'ORO

Kenai redesigns police car interiors

KENAI - Two members of the Kenai city maintenance department saw something that could be better and made it better.
BEN BOETTGER

Alaska Senate approves budget; proposal now goes to House

JUNEAU — State lawmakers looked to end the extended legislative session Monday amid a still-unsettled budget. The Senate voted Monday morning to accept a budget proposal, but the state government could be left...
Becky Bohrer

Bethel team envisions gray water recycling

BETHEL - A Bethel team is re-envisioning how household water is treated.
BEN MATHESON
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