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    Alaska senators vote to advance Planned Parenthood debate

    by Associated Press on Aug 03, 20:06

    U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan voted to advance for debate legislation that would halt federal aid to Planned Parenthood. The effort failed, falling seven votes shy of the threshold needed. Recently released videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists showed Planned Parenthood officials dispassionately discussing how they sometimes provide medical researchers with tissue from […]

  • State

    Murkowski announces upcoming ‘mobile offices’ in southeast, southcentral Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 18:24

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Alaskans will have the chance to meet with staff members from her office during the month of August in several southcentral and southeastern communities. Staff will meet with those who have “concerns about issues and policies related to the federal government” and collect casework requests for Murkowski or other federal agencies […]

  • Local

    Anchorage in Transition: Chris Schutte talks community and economic development

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 17:09

    With the election of Anchorage’s new mayor, Ethan Berkowitz, comes a new administration. All this week during the 6 p.m. Evening News, KTVA be interviewing newly appointed department heads about their plans for the future of Anchorage. Monday, we were joined by Chris Schutte, the new director of Community and Economic Development for the Municipality […]

  • State

    New director chosen for Alaska Division of Elections

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 14:26

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska’s Division of Elections. Claire Richardson, a special staff assistant to Mallott, said Mallott asked for and accepted the resignation of Gail Fenumiai on Friday. Richardson says there was nothing personal about the request; she says Mallott is thankful for the work Fenumiai has done […]

  • State

    Senators seek hearing on Walker’s Medicaid expansion plans

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:24

    The chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee says he’ll take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion. But Republican Rep. Mike Hawker says Walker has the ability to pursue his plans regardless of what the committee says. Republican Sens. Anna MacKinnon […]

  • State

    Judge signs with Jewell in dispute over exploration plan

    by Associated Press on Jul 21, 17:14

    A federal judge has sided with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell over whether Jewell must approve exploration plans meeting certain requirements for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The state last year sued the Interior Department for refusing to consider an exploration plan for the refuge’s coastal plain, calling it a violation of the Alaska National Interest […]

  • Local

    Former state Sen. French applies for Anchorage judgeship

    by Associated Press on Jul 21, 15:59

    Former state Sen. Hollis French is among the 14 applicants seeking to replace retiring Judge Michael Spaan on the Anchorage Superior Court. The Alaska Judicial Council will advance to Gov. Bill Walker at least two nominees for consideration following a process that includes background checks and personal interviews. Rather than seek re-election last year, French […]

  • Local

    Rep. Tammie Wilson to run for borough mayor

    by Associated Press on Jul 16, 15:38

    Rep. Tammie Wilson has filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1HATgvD) that the letter filed Wednesday puts Wilson and presiding officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, Karl Kassel, as the only declared candidates. […]

  • State

    Gov. Walker announces Medicaid expansion plan

    by Lauren Maxwell, Hope Miller on Jul 16, 11:31

    Last Updated: Thurs. July 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM Alaska is the 30th state to accept Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bill Walker announced. Thursday, Walker sent a letter to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee and gave members the required 45-day notice of his intention to accept additional funding to expand Medicaid in Alaska. The unilateral […]

  • National

    Murkowski brings in nearly $1.1M in latest quarter

    by Associated Press on Jul 15, 14:36

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski brought in nearly $1.1 million toward her re-election bid during the latest fundraising period. A summary of her disclosure report, released by her campaign Wednesday, shows she had nearly $2.3 million available at the end of the quarter, June 30. At this point during her last campaign, she had close to […]

  • Local

    Anchorage pot ordinance introduced to amend open container law

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 14, 22:54

    The Anchorage Assembly introduced a proposal on Tuesday to create new rules to regulate what it means to have an open container of pot. The ordinance proposed would change the wording of the open container law to include all forms of marijuana along with alcoholic beverages. Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew says he supports […]

  • State

    Dept. of Revenue commissioner explains oil tax credit report

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 13, 23:25

    A recent report from the Department of Revenue says the state should not be investing in oil tax credits, but some say the report doesn’t give the credits enough value. Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck joined KTVA 11 to break down the numbers and explain the background of the report.

  • State

    Walker to announce plans for Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Jul 13, 16:34

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker says Walker is expected to announce this week how he will move forward on Medicaid expansion in Alaska. Spokeswoman Katie Marquette says Walker has been weighing his options, including whether to move forward on expansion through legislation or unilaterally. Walker campaigned on expanding Medicaid coverage. For states that opt […]

  • Local

    Ethan Berkowitz sworn in as Anchorage mayor

    by Kate McPherson on Jul 01, 23:10

    Hundreds of people watched on as former Greater Anchorage Borough Mayor Jack Roderick administered the oath to Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz. Anchorage Assembly members, state legislators and former mayors were in the crowd at Town Square Park on Wednesday afternoon. “With his natural energy, integrity and sincerity, my dad is the kind of guy who can […]

  • State

    Governor urges lawmakers to revisit oil tax credits

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 01, 21:07

    Alaska’s governor says the state has a fiscal problem, and it’s partly because of oil tax credits. Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in oil tax credits on Monday from the state budget. The credits will be applied, but delayed by a couple of months. “We need a solution to the situation we’re in. Business […]

  • State

    Walker signs budget, vetoes $200M in oil tax credits

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 30, 23:24

    Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in tax credits from the 2016 operating budget. The credits are owed to oil and gas companies that work in Alaska and are designed to encourage production. “The governor was right to do what he did,” said Anchorage Democrat Rep. Les Gara. “We had to cut the budget and […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan reflects on his legacy

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 29, 20:08

    A cleaner, safer and stronger city — that’s the legacy Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he hopes to leave behind as he prepares to hand over the keys to the next mayor this week. Sullivan updated the public on the state of the city at the Make it Monday forum. He told the crowd he’s most […]

  • Local

    Multi-sport pavilion at East High delayed

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 23, 23:47

    A plan to build a pavilion over tennis courts at East High School has been delayed. A proposal was made to grant $800,000 to the Alliance for the Support of American Legion Baseball to complete the project within 16 months. But Assemblyman Bill Starr says this idea doesn’t have the full support of the Anchorage […]

  • National

    Rubio names Alaska team as part of presidential bid

    by Associated Press on Jun 22, 16:58

    Political consultants Art and April Hackney will serve as Alaska co-chairs of Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio’s campaign. The state Republican party sent out a news release announcing Rubio’s Alaska team on Sunday. Rubio’s campaign confirmed the release Monday. Rubio is a U.S. senator from Florida. Regional chairs of Rubio’s campaign in Alaska are Elizabeth […]

  • State

    More responsibility for Alaskan teachers and school volunteers

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 13, 0:50

    Alaska’s Legislature passed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, which contains Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law, but there was also other legislation attached. It includes the addition of school volunteers to the list of people who legally must report suspected child abuse, and requirements for all teachers — no matter what class they teach — to […]