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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Members of the House Majority Caucus speak to reporters during a press availability on Thursday. From right are Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and Rep. Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla.

Ferry system budget slashed in committee

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s budget — and ferry service to several dependent communities — was dealt a significant blow Thursday morning when the House Finance Subcommittee on the...
by KATIE MORITZ

Budget proposal could ground some aircraft

JUNEAU – A budget proposal laid out Thursday could wind up grounding two search and rescue helicopters and a plane capable of prisoner and personnel transports. An Alaska House subcommittee denied a $2.
Becky Bohrer

Bush Caucus hears need for water, sewer work in rural Alaska

JUNEAU - There is a total of about $900 million in needed water and sewer work throughout rural Alaska, state officials said.
MOLLY DISCHNER

Bethel man arraigned on murder charge in death of girlfriend

BETHEL – A 27-year-old Bethel man has been arraigned on charges he strangled his girlfriend after she annoyed him while they were drinking, and he left her decomposing body in the apartment.

North Pole Refinery tax assessment cut by more than half

FAIRBANKS - The North Pole Refinery has been assessed at less than half of its 2014 value and the result will likely be a larger-than-expected tax hit for the city of North Pole.

Asia-bound cargo ship held in Dutch Harbor cleared to leave

ANCHORAGE - A cargo ship that has been held two weeks in Alaska amid a federal environmental crimes investigation has been cleared to leave port, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.
MARK THIESSEN
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