JENNIFER CANFIELD

Senate Bill would reform Alaska's prison system

If the annual upward trend of repeat offenders in Alaska continues at the current 3 percent rate, by 2016 the state will need a new prison, according to data presented by Sen. John Coghill's office during a judiciary committee meeting. Read more

Shortlist of candidates for Kerttula's vacated House seat announced

Jesse Kiehl, Sam Kito III and Catherine Reardon were announced Monday morning as the candidates that Gov. Sean Parnell could choose from to fill... Read more

Big dreams for Alaska in Alberta's tar sands

Could a $15 billion railroad project reduce the cost of living in Alaska overnight? Matt Vickers, a lead member in the startup group G7G Railway Corp., thinks it can. Read more

Dems introduce legislation to expand Medicaid

House and Senate Democrats will push legislation this session to expand Medicaid in Alaska. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, told reporters Thursday that expanding Medicaid "makes sense both financially and morally. Read more

Nine applicants considered for Kerttula's seat

Nine applicants will be considered for the House seat vacated by former Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula, who resigned from her position Friday to accept a fellowship at Stanford. Read more

LGBT anti-discrimination bill gets new sponsor

Legislation to ban discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity has a new sponsor in the House and companion bill in the Senate. Former Rep. Read more

Wal-Mart to continue selling Alaska's fish

Wal-Mart will continue to stock and sell Alaska seafood under an agreement with the State of Alaska, Gov. Sean Parnell's office announced Friday. Read more

Southeast lawmakers prepare for session

Lawmakers are preparing for a legislative session full of debates on issues ranging from education funding and whether to pay down the state's unfunded pension liabilities to the terms of an in-state gas line. Read more

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