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Sarah Cannard | Juneau Empire
Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney delivers an overview of the governor's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget to the House Finance Committee on Friday afternoon. Gov. Bill Walker has proposed a 6.5 percent decrease in unrestricted general fund spending from fiscal year 2015.

In Walker's budget proposal, Corrections and Health take biggest hits

No department is spared under Gov. Bill Walker's promised cuts to help balance a looming $3.5 billion state budget deficit, but some departments will have it worse than others.

by KATIE MORITZ

Lawmakers want bill to decriminalize marijuana fast tracked

JUNEAU- Alaska lawmakers hope to fast track a bill that would decriminalize marijuana, but legalization advocates disagree with the way legislators propose going about it.
MOLLY DISCHNER

New DOT commissioner is an old one

Marc Luiken, a Department of Transportation and Public Facilities commissioner under former Gov. Sean Parnell, has been appointed to the job once again. Gov. Bill Walker's office announced the appointment Friday afternoon.
KATIE MORITZ

Judge hears arguments over ANWR exploration

The first skirmish - some say it may be the main battle - in the state's effort to explore the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas played out in U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's courtroom in...
TIM BRADNER

NASA brings earthquake monitoring to Ketchikan

It's not quite rocket science, but close enough, and closer to home - students in the Tribal Scholars Program began cutting-edge earthquake monitoring research in a partnership with NASA this past week.
MEGAN PETERSEN

Couple taps into passion for vinyl at Anchorage store

ANCHORAGE - On a dark January evening, the Black Keys' album "Brother" spun on a turntable inside the newly established Obsession Records shop off Tudor Road in Anchorage.
MEGAN EDGE

Kenai assembly approves oil and gas specialists

Despite concerns about the state's fiscal situation, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved the addition of a new special assistant to the mayor, a job that will focus attention to see the state's LNG project come to...
DAN BALMER
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