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From the AP: Judge rejects call to block Walker from expanding Medicaid

A judge on Friday rejected a request by state lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid in Alaska.

by Becky Bohrer

Rate increases approved for individual health care market

JUNEAU - Alaska's Division of Insurance has approved average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent for the two companies providing individual health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.
Becky Bohrer

Uninhabited areas most affected by Kodiak area fire

KODIAK — Authorities say uninhabited areas of a small Kodiak Island community felt the brunt of a wind-whipped wildfire that prompted evacuation orders and destroyed a library and three houses. The fire...

Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

JUNEAU - A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.
Becky Bohrer

Oral arguments in lawsuit against setnet ban begin

ANCHORAGE - Alaska Supreme Court justices have begun to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over the legality of a proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska.

Alaska Legislature's Medicaid gets court hearing Thursday

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislative Council's lawsuit to prevent Gov. Bill Walker from expanding the state's Medicaid plan next week will get its first appearance in court Thursday.

Department reports death at Fairbanks jail

JUNEAU - Authorities are investigating a death at a Fairbanks jail. Few details have been released, including whether the deceased was male or female, or how the person died.

Sentencing continues for case related to troopers' deaths

FAIRBANKS - The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of evidence tampering in the deaths of two Alaska State Troopers will be continued next week.

Chenega sailing canceled due to high seas

The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Chenega's scheduled sailing Thursday was canceled due to high seas forecast for Chatham Strait and Lynn Canal, the Alaska Department of Transportation announced.

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