Becky Bohrer

This week for the Legislature: Taxes, court case and Murkowski

JUNEAU - A Senate committee is set to take up several of Gov. Bill Walker's tax bills during the coming week, including a proposal to re-institute a personal state income tax. Read more

Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier

JUNEAU - Insurance regulators in Alaska and Oregon announced Monday that a company that had been suspended from offering health insurance policies in the states over concerns with its financial condition will be allowed to resume that business. Read more

Marijuana meeting, scholarship bill things to know about

JUNEAU - The board tasked with regulating Alaska's legal pot industry is set to meet as the date to begin accepting marijuana business applications nears. Read more

Hanley: No 'sour grapes' over resigning as education chief

JUNEAU - Outgoing state education commissioner Mike Hanley said Friday that he had some professional disagreements with the state board of education. But he said that's not a "sour grapes statement. Read more

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. Read more

Bill would restrict AG appointments to boards

JUNEAU - A bill introduced in the Alaska House on Monday seeks to restrict the attorney general from serving on the governing body of a state public corporation or on state boards or commissions. Read more

Alaska, Oregon suspend activity by Moda

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska insurance regulators have suspended Moda Health Plan from accepting new or renewal policies in the state, citing concerns with the Oregon-based company's financial situation. Read more

Gov. Walker lays out expectations for gas line progress

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker said he wants the state and the North Slope's major producers to reach agreement on key contracts and issues related to a major gas project before the end of the current legislative session. Read more

Earthquake renews focus on Alaska's emergency readiness

JUNEAU - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Alaska's most populous region has renewed focus on the state's readiness to deal with a natural disaster. Read more

Alaska Democrats vote to allow independents in party primary

JUNEAU - Alaska Democratic party leaders have approved allowing candidates not affiliated with a political party to run in the Democratic primary. Unaffiliated candidates currently can run for office by petition and gathering signatures. Read more

Alaska Supreme Court upholds local school contribution

JUNEAU - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld as constitutional a state requirement that local governments help pay for education, reversing a lower court decision. The ruling came in a case filed against the state by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Read more

'Pick.Click.Give' manager optimistic about donations

JUNEAU - The manager of a program that lets people donate money from their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends to nonprofits is optimistic they'll continue giving in record numbers if the dividend's size is reduced. Read more

Miller: I'm not mulling Senate run

JUNEAU - Joe Miller said he is not seriously considering an election challenge to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski this year but has not completely dismissed the idea. Read more

About 7,700 Alaskans have enrolled in expanded Medicaid

JUNEAU - About 7,700 people have enrolled in an expanded Medicaid program launched by the state on Sept. 1 to cover more lower-income Alaskans, a state health department official said. Read more

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