State Capitol Digest

A roundup of news from the end of the legislative session

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell says he’ll sign legislation providing more than $50 million in additional funding for K-12 education in Alaska.

That legislation includes an education package unveiled by the House — and passed by the full Legislature — at the very end of the regular session. Parnell and House Republicans had bristled at automatic increases in education funding, favoring a more targeted approach that has money going to demonstrated needs.

Parnell’s office says the total state-funded K-12 budget for education and student transportation is $1.2 billion for next fiscal year.

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Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:55

Moderate earthquake shakes ocean floor in western Aleutians

ANCHORAGE — A moderate earthquake rumbled under the ocean floor in the western Aleutian Islands.

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Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:53

Flow reduced in leaking underwater Alaska gas pipeline

ANCHORAGE — Natural gas spewing into Alaska’s Cook Inlet from a ruptured underwater pipeline has been reduced by about half after owners lowered pressure in... Read more

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:04

Capital decode: One-sentence summaries of all new legislation in the Alaska Legislature

The pace of new bills in the Alaska Legislature is continuing to slow as lawmakers deal with what’s already on their plate.... Read more

Kenai Assembly defeats proposal to drop invocation policy

KENAI — Though legal challenges still remain, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has defeated a proposal to drop its controversial invocation policy.

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