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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, watches the Senate from his office computer in the Capitol as they vote to end the Governor's special session and gavel into their own special session at the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage on Thursday.

First special session concludes

Just as legislative leadership hinted over the past week, the Alaska Senate ended Gov. Bill Walker's special session Thursday morning and called a new one right away, this time in Anchorage.


Budget bill introduced

Vetoed portions of the operating budget Gov. Bill Walker signed this week were packaged into new legislation, House Bill 2001, and introduced to the House Finance committee during its first meeting of the second special session.

Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

ANCHORAGE - A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.

State wildfire responders keep eye on dry conditions

ANCHORAGE - Green leaves have popped out on trees throughout interior Alaska, but the dry vegetation below is putting wildfire responders on edge.
Dan Joling

Harrigan Hall reopens after asbestos scare

SITKA - Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall has reopened after an asbestos scare. The gray insulation substance that raised workers' concerns tested negative for asbestos in a Washington state lab, KCAW-FM reports.

Army Pacific priority is incorporating increase of soldiers

HONOLULU - The Army's commander in the Pacific said Thursday one of his top priorities is incorporating the growth of U.S. soldiers assigned to the region. Over 100,000 soldiers are now assigned to the U.S. Pacific Command, Gen.

Police: Deaths of couple, 2 kids appear to be murder-suicide

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say the shooting deaths of a couple and their two children at a home last week appear to be a case of murder-suicide.

Anchorage man shot in jaw during home invasion, robbery

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man is recovering after being shot in the jaw during a home invasion. KTUU-TV reported.

City of Bethel, Gregory settle on rough arrest accusation

BETHEL - The City of Bethel has reached a settlement out of court with a man who says a former police officer roughly arrested him in a parking lot. KYUK-FM reported.

Anchorage School District says it won't lay off teachers

ANCHORAGE - After the Anchorage School Board cut about 60 classroom teacher positions from next school year's budget, teachers in the Anchorage School District can be happy knowing they won't be laid off. The Alaska Dispatch News reported.


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