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State seeks dismissal of lawsuit over governor's admin order

JUNEAU — A seine fisherman from Southeast Alaska and a commercial fishing trade organization have sued Gov. Bill Walker over an administrative order they say made substantial legal changes to the agency regulating entry into the state’s commercial fisheries. Read more

Renovation work on state Capitol set to start Monday

JUNEAU - Lawmakers are being warned that if they do not gavel out on Sunday, workers will be adding the roar of jackhammers to the end-of-session din in the state Capitol. Read more

Debate on oil tax credits slows progress

JUNEAU - A looming fight over the state's oil and gas tax credits is coming to a head in the state House as it majority caucus struggles to pass a bill that would reform the current tax regime. Read more

Lawmakers work to limit Governor's post-session power

JUNEAU - The Alaska House is expected on Thursday to consider a bill that would limit a governor's ability to accept additional federal funds beyond what the Legislature has appropriated. Read more

Kasilof River sees big personal use sockeye salmon harvest

JUNEAU - Fishermen harvested nearly 533,000 salmon in Cook Inlet personal-use fisheries last year and the Kasilof River saw its highest sockeye salmon harvest to date. Read more

Lawmakers tweak Alaska's criminal justice overhaul bill

JUNEAU — A state Senate committee has made changes to a sweeping criminal justice bill, including capping the amount of time that could be taken off of a prison sentence for good behavior and eliminating a drug-testing requirement for ex-convicts to receive welfare benefits. Read more

Lawmakers to tackle budget, crime bill, daylight time

JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature is entering what is scheduled to be its last two weeks, with major bills yet to be resolved as lawmakers face a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Read more

Agency debuts tools to track Alaska marine diets, ecosystems

JUNEAU - SScientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have debuted two databases designed to give researchers data on marine fish species diets and ecosystem trends in Alaska. Read more

Juneau bishop: Church needs legal shield to deny same-sex services

JUNEAU - A Catholic bishop in Juneau told the House Judiciary Committee that the church reversed a 75-year-old policy of allowing people of other faiths to get married in one of its landmark chapels after same-sex marriage became legal. Read more

Bill protects those who won't perform same-sex marriages

JUNEAU - A House Judiciary committee will hear testimony Wednesday afternoon on a bill that protects religious officials and others who refuse to perform same sex marriages. Read more

Regents oppose bill allowing concealed guns on campuses

JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has formalized its opposition to a state Senate bill that would allow concealed weapons on its campuses. Read more

Lawmakers consider fees for hunting, fishing

JUNEAU - Sport-fishing advocates told state lawmakers they want a new fee imposed on personal-use and sport fishermen who catch sockeye on two heavily used rivers in Alaska. Read more

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