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  • National

    Rep. Don Young lashes out at members urging wolf protections

    by Associated Press on Mar 05, 14:45

    U.S. Rep. Don Young lashed out at congressional members who urged continued protections for the gray wolf in parts of the Lower 48, saying none is from a district affected by wolves. He said during a hearing in Washington, D.C., that he would like to introduce wolves in their districts: “I’d introduce ‘em in your […]

  • State

    Powerful conservative group sponsors Medicaid expansion luncheon at State Capitol

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 04, 21:54

    Buyer beware. That was Christie Herrera’s advice to lawmakers and staffers who gathered for a “Lunch and Learn” presentation on Medicaid expansion at the State Capitol Wednesday. Herrera works for the Foundation for Government Accountability, based in Florida. On its website, FGA says its mission is to replace failed health and welfare programs nationwide with […]

  • State

    Daylight saving time marches on in the state Legislature

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 03, 21:40

    If Sen. Anna MacKinnon had her way, we wouldn’t set our clocks ahead by an hour this Sunday. This annual ritual would be no more. The Eagle River Republican has been fighting to abolish daylight saving time since 2006 when she served in the House and introduced a bill to eliminate it. The measure failed […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Ethan Berkowitz

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 18:12

      KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Paul Bauer

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 17:20

      KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Tim Huit

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 17:17

      KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Lance Ahern

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 17:14

      KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Amy Demboski

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 17:12

      KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Sam Speziale

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 17:06

      KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Andrew Halcro

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 16:57

      KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Dustin Darden

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 16:52

    KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:  Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage This […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: Dan Coffey

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 03, 16:07

    KTVA News invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage mayoral race to an on-camera interview at our studios. We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, along with a 500-word written commentary on the following topics:   Combating crime in Anchorage Plans for public safety Budget challenges Addressing homelessness in Anchorage […]

  • State

    Governor and House majority leaders square off over gas line legislation

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 02, 19:12

     Updated Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 a.m. The philosophical divide between the governor and the Republican majority was already huge — but with the introduction of House Bill 132 Monday, the gap grew even wider. Five members of the House leadership sponsored HB 132: House Speaker Mike Chenault, House Majority Leader Charisse Millett, Legislative Budget […]

  • State

    Panel takes Medicaid expansion items from department budget

    by Associated Press on Feb 27, 14:00

    A House subcommittee has removed items related to Medicaid expansion from the Alaska health department’s budget, despite objections of minority Democrats. Republicans on the subcommittee, comprised of House Finance Committee members, repeated their desire for Gov. Bill Walker to introduce a bill on expansion rather than have expansion-related items sprinkled throughout the operating budget. They […]

  • State

    Juneau: Showdown over Medicaid expansion

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 26, 22:53

    It’s no secret. Republicans in the House majority are not champions of Medicaid expansion. They say the system is broken and the costs threaten to gobble up bigger slices of the state budget every year. But expanding the federal program in Alaska is one of Gov. Bill Walker’s top priorities. His administration says it would […]

  • State

    Minority lawmakers push back on education budget proposal

    by Associated Press on Feb 26, 9:17

    A House subcommittee has proposed deeper cuts to the state education department budget than Gov. Bill Walker, prompting objections from the Democratic-led minority. The subcommittee’s recommendations include eliminating state support for the early-childhood Best Beginnings program, cutting funding for broadband and a cut equal to the 2.5-percent raises due to department employees. The recommendations will […]

  • State

    UPDATE: Barrow lawmaker Rep. Ben Nageak remains hospitalized

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 25, 11:57

    Last Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 at 7 a.m. Normally when Rep. Ben Nageak speaks on the House floor, his colleagues expect to hear his booming voice — especially on the subject of developing oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But on Tuesday, when the Barrow lawmaker’s voice suddenly faltered while talking about […]

  • State

    In Juneau, marijuana legislation still a work in progress

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 24, 22:08

    “Marijuana for personal use is legal, as of today,” said Sen. Anna MacKinnon as she opened a Senate Finance committee hearing on Tuesday morning, acknowledging that the marijuana initiative voters approved last fall is now officially state law. MacKinnon is co-chair of the committee, which just received Senate Bill 30 from the Senate Judiciary committee, […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Assembly passes hash oil ordinance

    by Jacquie Slater on Feb 24, 13:56

    With a unanimous vote of 9-0, the Anchorage Assembly has made it illegal to manufacture marijuana concentrates through the use of flammable solvents within the municipality. The Anchorage Police Department says anyone caught breaking the new law will face a misdemeanor charge and up to one year in jail. The ordinance states: It is unlawful […]

  • State

    Rep writes out-of-town expenses check to education program

    by Associated Press on Feb 24, 13:33

    An Anchorage lawmaker says she’s writing a check for three days of her daily allowance for expenses and giving it to an early childhood learning program. Rep. Harriet Drummond says the check for Best Beginnings is for three days she plans to be in Anchorage. She began writing the check for more than $700 during […]