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  • National

    Murkowski, Sullivan receive Senate committee assignments

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 15, 13:17

    As the 113th Congress draws to a close, the U.S. Senate Republicans announced the official committee assignments for the upcoming 114th Congress, set to begin on Monday, Jan. 6, 2015. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan each received four committee assignments: Sen. Lisa Murkowski: Appropriations Committee Energy and Natural Resources Committee Health, Education, Labor […]

  • National

    Begich delivers farewell address to U.S. Senate

    by C-SPAN / AP on Dec 11, 14:03

    JUNEAU (AP) – Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate. In a floor speech Thursday, Begich choked up talking about the history of the place and about his wife, Deborah Bonito. He said it had been an honor to serve and that he was proud of the work accomplished […]

  • State

    Dan Sullivan makes key staff appointments

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 14:13

    Joe Balash, a former Alaska Natural Resources commissioner, will serve as chief of staff for incoming U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. Mike Anderson, who served as Sullivan’s campaign spokesman, will be press secretary. DeLynn Henry, a scheduler and assistant to the late former Sen. Ted Stevens, will be director of scheduling. Sullivan defeated Democratic Sen. Mark […]

  • National

    Tribes could issue protective orders against non-Natives

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 11:53

    The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow Alaska tribes to issue and enforce protective orders against non-Natives. Sen. Mark Begich’s office said the provision passed as a pared-down version of a safe families’ bill, through a legislative maneuver known as unanimous consent. There was no floor vote, but Democrats and Republicans agreed to […]

  • State

    Walker to submit placeholder budget

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 12:10

    Gov. Bill Walker said Friday he will submit a placeholder budget prepared by his predecessor to satisfy statutory requirements. State law requires the budget be submitted by Dec. 15. However, Walker only took office on Monday. Former Gov. Sean Parnell had given Walker his working budget, and Walker says he’ll submit the $5.3 billion operating […]

  • National

    Obama nominates Ashton Carter to be defense secretary

    by CBS News on Dec 05, 9:05

    President Obama formally nominated Ashton Carter to be his fourth defense secretary Friday morning. Mr. Obama hailed Carter as “one of our nation’s foremost security leaders” and said Carter would bring to the job a unique combination of “strategic perspective and technical know-how.” If confirmed by the Senate, Carter will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck […]

  • State

    Is Bill Walker Alaska’s 11th or 13th governor?

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 04, 15:55

    There has been confusion and conversation surrounding Alaska’s newest governor. Is Bill Walker the state’s 11th or 13th governor? And how, exactly, do we reach a conclusive answer? We asked Christopher Clark, former legislative aide to Rep. Cathy Munoz, to weigh in on the topic. “Bill Walker is the thirteenth governor of the State of […]

  • Local

    Who will run for Mayor of Anchorage?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 03, 19:19

    Just when residents thought the election season was over, another one is on the horizon. On April 7, Anchorage voters will elect a new mayor. Who’s in the running is still a bit of a mystery. Candidates can’t officially file to run for the position until Jan. 30, but a couple of people have made […]

  • State

    Bill Walker sworn in as governor, tells Alaskans ‘You come first’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 01, 17:07

    See above for the full 2014 Alaska Gubernatorial Inauguration     Alaska has a new leader, as Bill Walker was sworn in as the state’s governor Monday. The swearing in ceremony for Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was held at Centennial Hall in Juneau. With his wife, Donna, by his side, Walker was […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Assembly passes $472M budget for 2015

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 27, 9:27

    The Anchorage Assembly passed the municipality’s 2015 budget Wednesday afternoon, but not before some debate on whether to cut additional staff and a surprise tennis court proposal. The $472 million budget passed unanimously in a two-hour special meeting. It’s a little more than $2 million over what Mayor Dan Sullivan proposed in October. The mayor […]

  • National

    Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys

    by CNN / AP on Nov 26, 11:47

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions – to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Obama joked that his annual turkey pardon will be his “most talked about executive action this month.”  Last week, the president issued a series of highly anticipated executive actions on immigration that […]

  • State

    Parnell won’t choose adjutant general on way out

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:28

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he won’t appoint a new adjutant general before leaving office. In September, Parnell asked for and received the resignation of then-adjutant general Thomas Katkus amid a report into allegations of misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. The National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations found that victims did not trust […]

  • National

    A visit to Don Young’s office: An Alaska show-and-tell experience

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 21, 7:41

    Congressman Don Young has the largest office of any House member on Capitol Hill, and says he wound up with the extra space after plans for an escalator were scrubbed. So how does Young use that additional room in the Rayburn building? He has 55 animal trophies on the wall, many of them from Africa. […]

  • National

    Obama says time for immigration changes is now

    by CNN / AP on Nov 20, 16:50

      WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is telling the American people that the time to change the nation’s immigration system is now, and he’s taking action to make that happen. In a nationally televised address from the White House, Obama says it doesn’t make sense to round up and deport millions of people living […]

  • State

    Walker names chief of staff, spokesperson

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 20, 11:32

    With less than two weeks until he is sworn into office, governor-elect Bill Walker announced his chief of staff and spokesperson Wednesday. Jim Whitaker, former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, will serve as Walker’s chief of staff, a press release says. He has also served on the Alaska Legislature. Walker also announced he […]

  • National

    Mark Begich prepares for transition

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 20, 7:17

    From the scaffolds encrusting the Capitol dome to the politics inside, Congress is definitely going through a period of reconstruction. The Democratic majority in the Senate will soon be history, as will Mark Begich’s time in the Senate. The new Alaska senator, Dan Sullivan, will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 6. He’ll be part […]

  • National

    Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipeline

    by CNN / AP on Nov 18, 15:26

    The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Senate’s 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end. The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week. President Barack Obama did not support the bill, but the White House […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Begich congratulates Sullivan, concedes from Senate race

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 17, 15:26

    Last Updated Nov 17, 2014, 6:15 p.m. After trailing behind in votes, Sen. Mark Begich has conceded from Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. In a statement sent on Monday afternoon — after calling to congratulate Dan Sullivan — Begich begins by thanking Alaskans for the opportunity to represent the state in Washington, D.C. “Alaska deserves a […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Parnell concedes from Alaska gubernatorial race

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 15, 19:10

    Alaska will see a new governor sworn in on Dec. 1. Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor’s race as Gov. Sean Parnell conceded Saturday. A statement sent on the evening of Nov. 15 from Parnell starts off by thanking Alaskans for having let the governor serve five years in office. “Sandy and […]

  • Campaign 2014

    With more ballots counted, Walker maintains lead

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 14, 13:43

    Independent candidate Bill Walker’s lead in the gubernatorial race fluctuated Friday as election workers resumed counting thousands of absentee and questioned ballots from the general election. Walker leads Gov. Sean Parnell by slightly less than 4,700 votes as of Friday evening, according to unofficial election results. Earlier this week, when absentee and questioned ballots were […]