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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Senate State Affairs Committee members John Coghill, R-North Pole, left, Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, and Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, listen to UAA Professor Emeritus in Economics, Scott Goldsmith about possible budget solutions during a hearing for SB 128 at the Capitol on Thursday.

For lawmakers, 3 options to tap Fund earnings

If there's one thing Alaska's lawmakers agree on, it's this: No single trick or approach will solve the state's annual deficit, now approaching $4 billion. Most of the 60 legislators working in the Capitol agree on something else.

by JAMES BROOKS

Education commissioner feels 'no animosity' over being replaced

Michael Hanley, one of the few state commissioners held over from the administration of Gov. Sean Parnell, is on the way out.
JAMES BROOKS

Mining tax increase gets first hearing in Legislature

The state of Alaska has never changed its mining taxes. To find the last time Alaskan miners had to open their tax books, you have to look back before statehood, before even the Alaska Constitution.
JAMES BROOKS

Alaska judge hears arguments in Medicaid expansion suit

JUNEAU - A state court judge in Anchorage heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval.
Becky Bohrer

Settlement up for approval in campaign violations case

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Public Offices Commission will consider a settlement in a campaign disclosure violations case involving two independent political groups once linked to Gov. Bill Walker's deputy chief of staff.

Articles from the State section archive

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

For lawmakers, 3 options to tap Fund earnings

If there's one thing Alaska's lawmakers agree on, it's this: No single trick or approach will solve the state's annual deficit, now approaching $4 billion. Most of the 60 legislators working in ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Mining tax increase gets first hearing in Legislature

The state of Alaska has never changed its mining taxes. To find the last time Alaskan miners had to open their tax books, you have to look back before statehood, before even the Alaska Constitution.
By JAMES BROOKS

Settlement up for approval in campaign violations case

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Public Offices Commission will consider a settlement in a campaign disclosure violations case involving two independent political groups once linked to Gov. Bill Walker's ...

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Alaska judge hears arguments in Medicaid expansion suit

JUNEAU - A state court judge in Anchorage heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval.
By Becky Bohrer

Education commissioner feels 'no animosity' over being replaced

Michael Hanley, one of the few state commissioners held over from the administration of Gov. Sean Parnell, is on the way out.
By JAMES BROOKS

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Report finds record number of US exonerations in 2015

HOUSTON - The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2015, with nearly 40 percent of the cases involving individuals who were exonerated in homicides, a new report shows.
By JUAN A. LOZANO

House OKs bill updating military justice code

JUNEAU - The Alaska House on Wednesday passed a bill designed to strengthen the state's Military Code of Justice.
By RASHAH MCCHESNEY

Revision to Kodiak law bans camping, lying on sidewalks

KODIAK - Kodiak officials have passed a revision to an ordinance that targets the city' homeless population. The revision approved by the City Council on Thursday prohibits aggressive panhandling ...

Federal officials mull Donlin mine's subsistence impact

BETHEL - Two federal agencies have weighed in on the potential impacts the proposed Donlin Creek mine could have on subsistence along the Kuskokwim River.

Juvenile taken into custody in deaths of 2 outside Wasilla

WASILLA - A juvenile has been taken into custody in the shooting deaths of a 40-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son at a home outside Wasilla.

Flake, Salmon introduce bill to split 9th Circuit court

PHOENIX - A U.S. senator and U.S. representative from Arizona have introduced legislation to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Jeff Flake and Rep. Matt Salmon say the court is ...

Legislative committee votes to protect Chuck-e-Cheese

Chuck-e-Cheese and Dave & Buster's need not worry for much longer. The Alaska Legislature is preparing a bill to shield arcades from the state's gambling laws.
By JAMES BROOKS

Lawmakers hear resolution to strengthen states' rights

JUNEAU - A Senate committee heard testimony on Wednesday on an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution and establish a mechanism for states to overturn certain federal decisions.
By RASHAH MCCHESNEY

Wrecked tugboat to be lifted from Gastineau Channel by March

The tugboat Challenger, sunken in Gastineau Channel since September, will be lifted from the seafloor within three months, the head of marine pollution response for Coast Guard Sector Juneau said ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Slow flow, low flow is oil pipeline's issue

The trans-Alaska Pipeline System is still 100 percent full.
By JAMES BROOKS

Correction

Stories on Jan. 29 and Feb. 2 incorrectly identified Walt Monegan as a corrections commissioner under former Gov. Sarah Palin.

President signs executive order demanding seismic safety

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to use earthquake-resistant designs when remodeling an existing building or building a new one.

Eleven candidates in GOP's Alaska presidential poll

If Iowa and New Hampshire aren't enough to shake out the Republican presidential field, Alaska will sit among the deciding states.
By JAMES BROOKS

Troopers use dog to detain 2 men suspected of burglary

FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers used a police dog to arrest two men suspected of burglarizing a Fairbanks home.

PFD compensation bill advances in House

The House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday voted its approval of a bill to restore the Permanent Fund Dividends of the Fairbanks Four and others found innocent of serious crimes after conviction.

Alaska lawmaker confuses official with slain gay rights icon

JUNEAU- An Alaska state senator suffered from a case of misidentification during a committee hearing Tuesday, confusing the name of assistant attorney general with an assassinated gay rights leader.

Police: Soldier dies trying to show firearm wasn't loaded

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say an Army sergeant died when he unknowingly fired a loaded gun to his head when trying to show a friend the weapon wasn't loaded.

'American Idol' license plate contest proposed

JUNEAU - A bill attempting to mimic the success of a popular reality television show by establishing a statewide contest for license plate design has begun winding its way through the House after ...
By RASHAH MCCHESNEY

More deer washing up on Sitka runway during hunting season

SITKA - Officials have seen a spike in the number of dead deer washing up on the runway of Sitka's airport during this year's hunting season. U.S.

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