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  • Democratic Sen. Mark Begich bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate on Dec. 11, saying he was proud of the work he had done and urging his colleagues to not let politics get in the way of doing the people’s work. While polls show low approval ratings for Congress, people still look to congres...

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:04pm
  • JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, while a lawsuit is pending, must stop all work related to a process that could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble Mine, a federal judge says. The action comes after U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland last month restrained the EPA fr...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:31pm
  • JUNEAU — In his first speech after taking office, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said his administration would begin work immediately to expand Medicaid in the state. Walker took the oath of office Monday in Juneau — becoming the state’s first governor not affiliated with a political party — on a B...

    Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:14pm
  • JUNEAU — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich conceded the Alaska Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan on Monday, nearly two weeks after the hard-fought election. Begich said he congratulated Sullivan, a former state attorney general and natural resources commissioner, and urged him “to adopt a bi...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:00pm
  • JUNEAU — A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in Southcentral Alaska....

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:22pm
  • JUNEAU — BP Alaska, a major player in the state’s oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year.BP’s business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp,...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:19am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.Roughly 10,000 Alaskans receive federal subsidies to help pay their premiums, and increases for those individuals...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:13am
  • JUNEAU — The decision Alaska voters make on an oil-tax referendum next month could have implications for a proposed liquefied natural gas project, the senior project manager said Tuesday, a point deemed a scare tactic by one state lawmaker. In an interview, manager Steve Butt said the state and co...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:41am
  • JUNEAU — The chief of staff for the Alaska Veterans Affairs Health Care System said last week that recruitment of doctors and nurses is one of the biggest challenges the system faces. Cynthia Joe said this challenge isn’t exclusive to the VA in Alaska. But Alaska has no medical school, and while...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:02am
  • JUNEAU — A borough that sued the state over public school funding says municipalities are “coerced” into contributing to local districts, but Alaska compares it to other programs requiring local matches for state dollars....

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 8:16am

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