• WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor organizations collect fees from workers who decline to join. During more than an hour of oral arguments on Monday, the high cou...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:03am
  • Dr. Rob Downey, center, director of the Functional Medicine Clinic, poses for a photo with Dee Dahmann, left, clinic manager, and Mike Tupper, right, clinic supervisor, at an open house Jan. 7 for the new clinic. Not shown is clinic assistant Carol Comfort. The clinic opened last week. The p...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:02am
  • BP is cutting 4,000 jobs worldwide and some of those reductions will be in Alaska. An intra-company email obtained by the Alaska Journal of Commerce sent to BP Alaska employees Jan. 12 states that the company plans to reduce its total in state workforce by 13 percent. All employees should know their...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:57am
  • Forming a local option zone may soon be easier for residents who want more control over what businesses can move into their neighborhoods. Local option zones are areas in which the majority of residents have control over what businesses can be established there. The code was last revised about 15 ye...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:52am
  • With less than two months before the state will accept marijuana business applications, the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Marijuana Task Force is still debating whether to set additional restrictions. The task force has not yet reached a set of recommendations for the borough assembly. Several members...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:50am
  • Standard & Poor’s Jan. 5 downgrade of Alaska’s credit ratings, which caught many state leaders by surprise, was triggered by upcoming bond sales, according to an analyst from the ratings agency. Gabe Petek, Standard & Poor’s primary Alaska analyst, said in an interview that the agency ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:50am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s minimum wage increased by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, as of Jan. 1. The state labor department estimated 12,000 jobs in Alaska paid less than that before the change. For those working full-time at minimum wage, the department says the increase will mean about $2,000 in add...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:34am
  • Anna Frost has joined the Homer News staff as a reporter and photographer.  Frost moved to Homer from Whittier, Calif., where she studied journalism with an emphasis in writing and publishing at Biola University. She completed her major courses in December and, with only a few general education...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:34am
  • Despite the scanty state spending expected in 2016, this year’s state capital budget may provide funding for long-deferred upgrades to Kenai’s wastewater treatment plant. Built in 1981, Kenai’s wastewater plant discharges into Cook Inlet from an outlet in the Kenai beach mudflats. The ammonia ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:32am
  • JUNEAU — The president and CEO of the Alaska Aerospace Corp. said Monday that the board of the state-owned corporation has recommended it pursue becoming a private company. Craig Campbell said the recommendation has been delivered to Gov. Bill Walker, who has not yet said how he would like to proc...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:31am

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