Alaska bill to clarify pharmacy costs becomes law

Alaska bill to clarify pharmacy costs becomes law

Walker signed the bill at a small Juneau pharmacy, according to a statement from the bill's sponsor.

Angela Krenzien
Trump disapproval hits 60 percent in new poll

Trump disapproval hits 60 percent in new poll

Disapproval of President Trump reached 60 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, the highest those outlets have recorded throughout his tenure. The results, released Friday, come at a challenging time for the Trump presidency, after his former lo

CBS News
Two incumbents overtake challengers seeking upsets

Two incumbents overtake challengers seeking upsets

Incumbents Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and Sen. Peter Micciche have over taken upset-minded challengers after another round of absentee ballot counting.

Steve Quinn
John McCain, senator and war hero, dead at 81

John McCain, senator and war hero, dead at 81

John McCain, Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has died at the age of 81.

CNN News
Walker gains NEA-Alaska endorsement for governor

Walker gains NEA-Alaska endorsement for governor

The National Education Association’s Alaska chapter has endorsed Gov. Bill Walker as he seeks a second term, a day after a major labor organization did so.

Chris Klint & Liz Raines
ACLU, Dunleavy backers sue state over sign statute

ACLU, Dunleavy backers sue state over sign statute

A state law that led to dozens of campaign signs’ seizure before this week’s primary elections has drawn a legal challenge from a state civil-rights group — as well as backers of a challenger to Gov. Bill Walker.

Chris Klint
Alaska AFL-CIO endorses Walker over Begich for governor

Alaska AFL-CIO endorses Walker over Begich for governor

A major Alaska labor organization has endorsed incumbent Gov. Bill Walker as he seeks re-election, in a potential blow to Democratic challenger Mark Begich.

Chris Klint
Former Alaska Senate candidate Halat arraigned

Former Alaska Senate candidate Halat arraigned

Former Alaska Senate candidate Bekah Halat was arraigned on Friday. She's accused of falsifying her finances to receive food stamps.

Lauren Maxwell
Illegal campaign signs spur controversy & a criminal case

Illegal campaign signs spur controversy & a criminal case

Alaska's DOT asks for patience from Alaskan while they request compliance from candidates who are notified of campaign sign laws when they file to run for office.

Daniella Rivera
Sen. Murkowski to meet with SCOTUS nominee, Kavanaugh

Sen. Murkowski to meet with SCOTUS nominee, Kavanaugh

Senator Lisa Murkowski says she will continue vetting Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh by meeting with him in person on Thursday.

Angela Krenzien
Group behind campaign ad doesn't exist in state records

Group behind campaign ad doesn't exist in state records

It's a mystery the state now says it's working to solve --who is behind a political ad paid for by a group that doesn't exist in state records?

Liz Raines
Dunleavy, Treadwell go head-to-head in KTVA debate

Dunleavy, Treadwell go head-to-head in KTVA debate

Former state senator Mike Dunleavy and former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell addressed a variety of issues ranging from the state’s budget to health-care concerns for its citizens.

John Thompson
Voter log changes could delay Alaska primary results

Voter log changes could delay Alaska primary results

Some election results from the Alaska primary could be delayed after more than 100,000 voters were given a month to clear up discrepancies with their addresses on voting records.

Associated Press
GOP debate hosts lieutenant-governor hopefuls

GOP debate hosts lieutenant-governor hopefuls

Three of the candidates have political experience, three candidates are military veterans and half are women: but most of them are skeptical of vote-by-mail elections and most say crime measure Senate Bill 91 should be repealed.

Emily Carlson
Candidate's campaign credentials don't check out

Candidate's campaign credentials don't check out

While the state says she was illegally collecting food stamps, State Senate candidate Bekah Halat reports spending thousands of dollars of her own money on her campaign. 

Liz Raines
Sullivan closes out week-long meetings with military leaders

Sullivan closes out week-long meetings with military leaders

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan closed out a week of hosting military leaders before heading back to Washington D.C. on Tuesday. But he won't be gone long.

Steve Quinn
S. Anchorage candidates discuss dividend checks, crime

S. Anchorage candidates discuss dividend checks, crime

State House District 26 candidates talk about dividend checks and crime.

Joe Vigil
State Senate candidate accused in welfare scheme

State Senate candidate accused in welfare scheme

The signs around south Anchorage intend to draw attention to 33-year-old Bekah Halat as a candidate for state Senate. But in June, her campaign drew attention to something it hadn't intended.

Liz Raines
Three Democrats vying for Gara's Anchorage House seat

Three Democrats vying for Gara's Anchorage House seat

Representative Les Gara will not be running for re-election to House District 20, a seat he's held for 16 years.
There are three Democrats in the primary that would like to take his place.

Lauren Maxwell
Quinn-Davidson claims victory in special election

Quinn-Davidson claims victory in special election

The second round of votes has been tallied in the special election to fill a vacant west side assembly seat.

Liz Thomas
Salmon initiative cleared – in part – to appear on ballot

Salmon initiative cleared – in part – to appear on ballot

An initiative intended to strengthen protections against development for Alaska salmon habitats, challenged by the state, can still go before voters this fall – with some provisions omitted, according to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Chris Klint
Murkowski reviews Senate-approved Alaska spending

Murkowski reviews Senate-approved Alaska spending

Alaska’s senior U.S. senator touted a wide-ranging series of items affecting the Last Frontier Thursday, after the Senate’s passage of several spending bills containing funds for Alaska and the Arctic.

Chris Klint
Governor Walker believes steel tariff issue will get resolved

Governor Walker believes steel tariff issue will get resolved

"I do believe it will be resolved, I really do. Both sides want to resolve this issue so I feel it will get done." - Governor Bill Walker on steel tariffs

Scott Gross
Walker inks education bill that redirects marijuana tax money

Walker inks education bill that redirects marijuana tax money

"The bill does a couple of things, creates a pilot program for four schools with more intensified teaching. It also takes 25 percent of the marijuana tax for marijuana awareness programs." - Governor Bill Walker

Scott Gross
Permanent Fund reports almost 11% annual boost

Permanent Fund reports almost 11% annual boost

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. on Monday reported nearly an 11 percent annual return for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Steve Quinn
Begich reveals plan to address Alaska crime

Begich reveals plan to address Alaska crime

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich held an event Friday at the Nesbett Courthouse to discuss his public safety plan.

Chris Klint
Murkowski raises Alaska seafood, energy among trade aid talks

Murkowski raises Alaska seafood, energy among trade aid talks

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says President Trump's plan to provide up to $12 billion to farmers impacted by Chinese export tariffs is "is an admission that tariffs are hurting, not helping, our country."

Liz Raines
Poll: Most Alaskans understand or back reduced PFD

Poll: Most Alaskans understand or back reduced PFD

More than half of Alaskans say they believe Alaska's recent Permanent Fund dividend cuts were necessary, according to a recent poll.

Emily Carlson
Funding offers snapshot of Alaska governor's race

Funding offers snapshot of Alaska governor's race

The tallies offer a glimpse into how much support the candidates have, and where that support is coming from -- but interpreting the numbers can be challenging.

Liz Raines
Begich, Walker in tight fundraising race

Begich, Walker in tight fundraising race

Just a month away from Alaska's 2018 primary election, candidates for governor are unveiling widely anticipated mandatory state reports about their funding.

Liz Raines
Walker worried about potential Trump tariffs

Walker worried about potential Trump tariffs

"I know Alaska's fishing community is worried – I assure you, I am too," Walker said in a statement this weekend.

Liz Raines
Legislative panel: Eastman committed ethics violation

Legislative panel: Eastman committed ethics violation

A legislative ethics panel on Thursday ruled “clear and convincing evidence” existed when ruling state Rep. David Eastman violated ethics law by disclosing the existence of a complaint deemed confidential.

Steve Quinn
Seafood analyst: Trump's proposed tariffs hurt Alaska

Seafood analyst: Trump's proposed tariffs hurt Alaska

Alaska's seafood industry should brace for another setback in the growing trade war with China, according to an industry analyst.

Liz Raines
Parnell backs Dunleavy over Treadwell for governor

Parnell backs Dunleavy over Treadwell for governor

Former Alaska governor Sean Parnell has endorsed Mike Dunleavy over Mead Treadwell, who served as Parnell’s lieutenant governor during his first full term.

Steve Quinn
Ethics panel hearing complaint against Eastman

Ethics panel hearing complaint against Eastman

Republican Rep. David Eastman requested the formal hearing on the subcommittee's probable cause finding, released earlier this year.

Associated Press
Murkowski 'stunned' that Trump didn't confront Putin

Murkowski 'stunned' that Trump didn't confront Putin

Alaska's senior U.S. senator says she is "stunned" that President Trump did not confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over election interference.

Associated Press
Alaska union head wants two-man governor's race

Alaska union head wants two-man governor's race

Vince Beltrami, president of the Alaska AFL-CIO, says Gov. Bill Walker and Mark Begich need to join forces - or one of them needs to drop out.

Emily Carlson
Reality Check: What will Lisa do?

Reality Check: What will Lisa do?

Senator Lisa Murkowski is considered a swing vote in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. John Tracy says anyone who thinks they can predict how Murkowski will vote needs a Reality Check.

John Tracy
Sullivan announces support for Kavanaugh's confirmation

Sullivan announces support for Kavanaugh's confirmation

Senator Dan Sullivan Thursday announced his plan to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Liz Thomas
Lawmakers receive natural gas project update

Lawmakers receive natural gas project update

It’s supposed to be a lifeline for Alaska’s economic future. But can the state’s efforts to ship North Slope natural gas overseas withstand an emerging trade war with China and a saturated market? 

Steve Quinn
Teen violence education bears Bree Moore’s name

Teen violence education bears Bree Moore’s name

Immigrant recruit abruptly discharged from Army without explanation http://bit.ly/2m9K8fR

Steve Quinn
Perman sworn into interim assembly seat

Perman sworn into interim assembly seat

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday needed four votes, but the panel approved an interim replacement for Tim Steele, who vacated his west Anchorage seat last month.

Steve Quinn
Assembly considering interim Steele successor

Assembly considering interim Steele successor

The Anchorage Assembly Monday afternoon reviewed credentials for seven candidates seeking to fill Tim Steele’s vacated west Anchorage seat.

Steve Quinn
Alaskans rally against Trump nominee before choice is made public

Alaskans rally against Trump nominee before choice is made public

Two groups urged Senator Lisa Murkowski to consider President Trump's Supreme Court nominee very carefully as they rallied in Anchorage Monday afternoon.

Lauren Maxwell
Brett Kavanaugh is SCOTUS nominee; Murkowski responds

Brett Kavanaugh is SCOTUS nominee; Murkowski responds

President Trump announced Monday evening that he is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

CBS News
Democrats gear up for fight over Supreme Court pick

Democrats gear up for fight over Supreme Court pick

Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer set the tone on Monday, warning women's rights are at stake.

CBS News
Trump prepares to announce Supreme Court pick

Trump prepares to announce Supreme Court pick

President Trump is announcing the selection of his second Supreme Court justice Monday evening at 5 p.m. (Alaska)

CBS News
Walker weighs in on Chinese sanctions to Alaska seafood

Walker weighs in on Chinese sanctions to Alaska seafood

Starting Friday, China is slated to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. seafood, including Alaska products. The move comes amid increasingly heated trade talks between the two nations. 

Liz Raines
Hawkins withdraws from GOP gubernatorial primary

Hawkins withdraws from GOP gubernatorial primary

Hawkins withdraws from GOP gubernatorial primary.

Steve Quinn
Sullivan returns to Alaska, talking small business and tariffs

Sullivan returns to Alaska, talking small business and tariffs

Less than a week after bringing Defense Secretary James Mattis to Alaska, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan brought another guest home. It’s fellow Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho.

Steve Quinn
Governor signs sexual assault bill

Governor signs sexual assault bill

Alaska’s sexual assault rates are much higher than the national average. Today, Governor Bill Walker signed a bill into law meant to help the victims and stop repeat offenders.

Makayla Clark
Assembly shoots down tax increase for marijuana businesses

Assembly shoots down tax increase for marijuana businesses

The Anchorage Assembly voted down the ordinance 8-2, which would have increased taxes on marijuana businesses from 5 to 7 percent.

Heather Hintze
What does Anthony Kennedy's retirement mean for Roe v. Wade?

What does Anthony Kennedy's retirement mean for Roe v. Wade?

Kennedy was widely seen as a barrier to any efforts to repeal Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

CBS News
West Anchorage needs a new assembly member; here’s who wants the job

West Anchorage needs a new assembly member; here’s who wants the job

Summer in Alaska isn't typically known as campaign season, but not this year.

Shannon Ballard
Defense Secretary Mattis gives high praise to Alaska after short visit

Defense Secretary Mattis gives high praise to Alaska after short visit

"The training of your soldiers in the most difficult climates, means they are ready for anything. The interceptors we have up here, I just want to tell you, that Alaska is the absolute center in the defense of our country ." Sec of Defense James Mattis

Scott Gross
U.S. Supreme court considers legality of union fees

U.S. Supreme court considers legality of union fees

An upcoming United States Supreme Court decision could impact the tens of thousands of public union employees across Alaska.

Joe Vigil
Murkowski calls family separation policy 'cruel, tragic'

Murkowski calls family separation policy 'cruel, tragic'

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Monday blasted the policy that separates immigrant children and their parents at the U.S. Border, calling the practice cruel and tragic. 

KTVA Web Staff
City prepares for special election to fill assembly seat

City prepares for special election to fill assembly seat

The city will start mailing ballots for the special election to fill a vacant assembly seat on July 17.
Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones said the election will be much like the one the city held in April but on a much smaller scale.

Lauren Maxwell
City special election scheduled for August 7

City special election scheduled for August 7

After Anchorage Assembly member Tim Steele announced last week that he's stepping down for personal health reasons; the assembly has established a timeline in which the vacancy will be filled.

Liz Raines
Alaska credit rating receives stable outlook

Alaska credit rating receives stable outlook

A major credit rating agency last week raised Alaska’s outlook from negative to stable, citing changes in how it will use Permanent Fund earnings to cover some of the state’s operating budget.

Steve Quinn
Walker signs state budget, vetoes KABATA again

Walker signs state budget, vetoes KABATA again

On Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker signed into law a series of state budgets along with a measure that establishes the framework for an annual draw from the permanent fund's earnings.

Liz Raines
First campaign launched for vacant assembly seat

First campaign launched for vacant assembly seat

The first candidate has launched a campaign to fill the seat that Assemblyman Tim Steele will vacate at Tuesday's assembly meeting.

Liz Raines
Naknek governor’s debate tests rural knowledge

Naknek governor’s debate tests rural knowledge

At a forum in Naknek on Saturday, hosted by the Bristol Bay Fish Expo, the gubernatorial debate was devoted entirely to rural issues that included Pebble Mine, commercial fishing, land development, tribal management and even honey buckets.

Rhonda McBride
Walker signs foster care reform bill into law

Walker signs foster care reform bill into law

Alaska’s foster care system is getting an upgrade.

Steve Quinn
Anchorage Assembly to vote on purchase of former LIO building

Anchorage Assembly to vote on purchase of former LIO building

Anchorage Assembly members are mulling over the Anchorage Community Development Authority's plan to buy the Downtown building state lawmakers vacated two years ago and rent it out to the Anchorage Police Department.

Daniella Rivera
Alaska enters new era of possibilities with direct flights to China

Alaska enters new era of possibilities with direct flights to China

Alaska makes a push to become China's link to North America.

Scott Gross
Assembly member Steele to step down for health reasons

Assembly member Steele to step down for health reasons

A west Anchorage Assembly member plans to leave his seat later this month, citing concerns about his health.

Chris Klint
Rep. Gara announces retirement from Legislature

Rep. Gara announces retirement from Legislature

Rep. Gara announces retirement from Legislature

Steve Quinn
Alaskans disagree about impacts of controversial Supreme Court ruling

Alaskans disagree about impacts of controversial Supreme Court ruling

While the ruling doesn’t have a direct and immediate impact, a conservative Christian group is calling it a victory while the ACLU Alaska is calling for stronger non-discrimination laws in Alaska.

Emily Carlson
Alaska GOP targets 'turncoats' in primary election

Alaska GOP targets 'turncoats' in primary election

Now that the deadline to file for state office has passed, political parties are focusing on their primary election races in August.

Liz Raines
Mead Treadwell confirms gubernatorial run

Mead Treadwell confirms gubernatorial run

Despite accidentally launching his gubernatorial campaign website early, former Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell has finally confirmed that will make a run for the governor’s office this year.

KTVA Web Staff
Dept. of Law says ex-lawmaker, Fansler, to plead to harassment count

Dept. of Law says ex-lawmaker, Fansler, to plead to harassment count

A former Alaska lawmaker who was accused of hitting a woman earlier this year will plead guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge as part of a negotiated agreement.

Associated Press
Mark Begich jumps into governor's race

Mark Begich jumps into governor's race

Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich is running for the governor's seat in the 2018 election.

Liz Raines
Murkowski at AOGA: ‘No greater victory’ than ANWR

Murkowski at AOGA: ‘No greater victory’ than ANWR

Alaska’s senior U.S. senator took an Anchorage victory lap Thursday for an achievement decades in the making, thanking the state’s energy industry for its help in opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Chris Klint
Walker’s campaign walks back bid for Democratic Primary

Walker’s campaign walks back bid for Democratic Primary

After stating Tuesday that Gov. Bill Walker would be filing in the Democratic party’s open primary election in August, Walker’s campaign announced Wednesday that Walker’s plans now hinge on whether former U.S. Senator Mark Begich makes a bid for the seat.

Liz Raines
Stakes high for Walker in Democratic primary

Stakes high for Walker in Democratic primary

After stating Tuesday that Gov. Bill Walker would be filing in the Democratic party’s open primary election in August, Walker’s campaign says that Walker’s plans now hinge on whether former U.S. Senator Mark Begich makes a bid for the seat.

Liz Raines
Mead Treadwell considering run for governor

Mead Treadwell considering run for governor

A former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska says he's mulling whether to launch a bid for the governor's seat this year.

Liz Raines
Governor, House leave tax talk to another legislature

Governor, House leave tax talk to another legislature

Both House leadership and the governor are leaving talk of an income tax up to another legislature.

Liz Raines
Permanent Fund plan provides no dividend guarantees

Permanent Fund plan provides no dividend guarantees

Lawmakers have approved a $1,600 dividend this fall, but there's no guarantee you will get a PFD that size next year.

Liz Raines
Juneau attorney calls Walker oil tax bond plan unconstitutional

Juneau attorney calls Walker oil tax bond plan unconstitutional

A Juneau attorney is calling Gov. Bill Walker’s oil tax bond bill unconstitutional in a superior court lawsuit filed late Monday.

Steve Quinn
Grenn’s ethics bill setting new standards for next year

Grenn’s ethics bill setting new standards for next year

When lawmakers return to Juneau next January, they’ll face a new set of accountability standards.

Steve Quinn
Alaska sued over Walker's bonding proposal

Alaska sued over Walker's bonding proposal

The state of Alaska is being sued over Gov. Bill Walker's plan to allow for the issuance of bonds to pay off the state's outstanding oil tax credit obligations.

Associated Press
MacKinnon to retire after 19 years on Assembly, Legislature

MacKinnon to retire after 19 years on Assembly, Legislature

Sen. MacKinnon said she's ready to retire after 19 years on Assembly and Legislature.

Steve Quinn
Alaska lawmakers nearing agreement on state budget

Alaska lawmakers nearing agreement on state budget

Alaska House and Senate negotiators are nearing agreement on a state operating budget.

Associated Press
Veteran lawmaker Guttenberg announces retirement

Veteran lawmaker Guttenberg announces retirement

A Fairbanks Democrat says he won’t be seeking a ninth term in office.

Steve Quinn
House, Senate enter final week of session

House, Senate enter final week of session

The House and Senate are inching closer to adjournment with seven days left in the regular session.

Steve Quinn
Providers go without pay in Alaska Medicaid logjam

Providers go without pay in Alaska Medicaid logjam

Imagine working for six months without getting paid -- that's what the owner of an assisted living home in Anchorage says is happening to him.

Liz Raines
Alaska Native Sweeney steps closer to confirmation

Alaska Native Sweeney steps closer to confirmation

Alaska Native Tara Sweeney is close to being confirmed for her new position at Indian Affairs.

KTVA Web Staff
'People are really starving.' Alaska food bank urges legislative action

'People are really starving.' Alaska food bank urges legislative action

It's happening right here at home -- the state says thousands of Alaskans are going hungry and their ability to get food hinges on a decision in Juneau.

Liz Raines
Lawmakers pass plan using Permanent Fund earnings for budgets

Lawmakers pass plan using Permanent Fund earnings for budgets

Alaska House and Senate negotiators have reached tentative agreement on a major piece of a state fiscal plan.

Steve Quinn
Walker to run as Independent in Democratic primary

Walker to run as Independent in Democratic primary

Gov. Bill Walker will run in the Democratic Primary this August, but he will remain an Independent, his campaign confirmed.

Steve Quinn & Liz Thomas
Lawmaker gets support for hunting, fishing permits going digital

Lawmaker gets support for hunting, fishing permits going digital

A member of the House received unanimous support on a bill that brings outdoor recreation permits into the digital age.

Steve Quinn
Alaska Sen. Murkowski weighs in on Mueller's Russia probe

Alaska Sen. Murkowski weighs in on Mueller's Russia probe

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said this week that the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller III should be allowed to proceed to its natural end.

Associated Press
Hawkins says he has cancer, will stay in governor's race

Hawkins says he has cancer, will stay in governor's race

Alaska Republican gubernatorial contender Scott Hawkins says he has pancreatic cancer but will continue his campaign.

Emily Carlson
Walker puts signature on education funding bill

Walker puts signature on education funding bill

Closely surrounded by elementary school kids full of endless energy, Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday signed a bill that ensures education funding won’t be held hostage until the end of this session.

Steve Quinn
Walker’s oil tax credit bond bill clears the House

Walker’s oil tax credit bond bill clears the House

Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to pay off nearly $1 billion in oil and gas tax credits has cleared the first major hurdle.

Steve Quinn
Olson cleared of ethics violations allegations

Olson cleared of ethics violations allegations

A complaint questioning the credibility of a Golovin senator’s moving expenses was dismissed, according to a decision released Thursday.

Steve Quinn
Daycare providers: Why it's so expensive

Daycare providers: Why it's so expensive

The Anchorage Assembly is looking at ways to reduce the cost of childcare city-wide after a proposed ordinance to subsidize care for assembly members drew sharp criticism last month.

Liz Raines
New Permanent Fund draw proposal rolled out

New Permanent Fund draw proposal rolled out

State lawmakers knew they would have to dip into the Permanent Fund earnings to cover state spending; on Wednesday, they rolled out a plan for coming years.

Steve Quinn
Lots of moving parts in waning weeks of session

Lots of moving parts in waning weeks of session

Sixteen days left to close out the session and there is plenty of unfinished business: budgets, crime bills, discussions on using Permanent Fund earnings to fund government services.

Steve Quinn

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