Gov. Dunleavy officially calls special session in Juneau

Gov. Dunleavy officially calls special session in Juneau

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has amended his June 13 proclamation, saying lawmakers are to hold the special session in Juneau.

Steve Quinn
Judge authorizes public school funding amid lawsuit

Judge authorizes public school funding amid lawsuit

On Tuesday the Legislature sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy over funding for the upcoming school year.

Steve Quinn
Legislature sues Dunleavy over education funding

Legislature sues Dunleavy over education funding

Both sides have asked the Juneau District Court to authorize funding until an outcome gets reached

Steve Quinn
'Fix it': Alaskans testify in front of lawmakers in Wasilla

'Fix it': Alaskans testify in front of lawmakers in Wasilla

Legislators hear from concerned residents in the Mat-Su regarding the PFD and House Bill 2001.

Scott Gross
Anchorage attorneys sue Dunleavy over special session venue, attempt to block vetoes

Anchorage attorneys sue Dunleavy over special session venue, attempt to block vetoes

The lawsuit claims the governor violated Alaska's Constitution when he ordered the Legislature to convene in Wasilla for the ongoing special session.

Daniella Rivera
Murkowski calls out Trump for tweets some deem racist

Murkowski calls out Trump for tweets some deem racist

Alaska's D.C. delegation has varied responses on Trump's weekend tweetstorm

Steve Quinn
House passes resolution formally denouncing Trump tweets as racist

House passes resolution formally denouncing Trump tweets as racist

The measure passed by a vote of 240 to 187, with every Democratic member voting in favor.

CBS News
Alyse Galvin announces campaign for US Congress

Alyse Galvin announces campaign for US Congress

Galvin is an Independent who will go against Rep. Don Young who has served for as Alaska's only representative for 24 terms.

Shayne Nuesca
Former Alaska AG Lindemuth: Governor's cuts are unconstitutional

Former Alaska AG Lindemuth: Governor's cuts are unconstitutional

Alaska's former attorney general says Gov. Dunleavy's vetoes don't fulfill constitutional obligations to public health and public education.

Liz Raines
Lawmakers consider legislation to restore funding cut by governor's vetoes

Lawmakers consider legislation to restore funding cut by governor's vetoes

The House Finance Committee is calling for a do-over with the state’s budget.

Steve Quinn, Scott Gross, Lauren Maxwell & Daniella Rivera
Lawmakers taking PFD show on the road in 2nd week of special session

Lawmakers taking PFD show on the road in 2nd week of special session

The House Finance Committee will hold public hearings in Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks before returning to the capital later in the week.

Steve Quinn
Here are the candidates who have qualified for the 2020 Democratic debates

Here are the candidates who have qualified for the 2020 Democratic debates

The second Democratic primary debate is on July 30 -- but some candidates are at risk of not meeting the thresholds for support and donations to qualify for the party's debates. 

CBS News
Voices in Alaska Court System: Dunleavy veto over abortion is 'stunning attack' on separation of powers

Voices in Alaska Court System: Dunleavy veto over abortion is 'stunning attack' on separation of powers

Gov. Dunleavy's reasoning for cutting $334,700 from the appellate courts has voices within the Alaska Court System saying he crossed a constitutional line.

Daniella Rivera
Special session's first week closes with no solutions

Special session's first week closes with no solutions

Lawmakers head into second week looking for ways to replace funding Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed on June 28.

Steve Quinn & Heather Hintze
Alaska Legislature ends efforts to overturn budget vetoes

Alaska Legislature ends efforts to overturn budget vetoes

Faint hopes of overturning Alaska budget cuts ended Friday when the state Senate and House adjourned until Wednesday.

Associated Press
One week in: Special session budget override attempts, protests and counterprotests

One week in: Special session budget override attempts, protests and counterprotests

Wrapping up their first week, lawmakers are no closer to agreeing on a Permanent Fund dividend size or how to reconcile broad funding differences.

Steve Quinn, Heather Hintze & Scott Gross
'This is assault': Alaska Native activist says Wasilla mayor targeted, grabbed her

'This is assault': Alaska Native activist says Wasilla mayor targeted, grabbed her

As Haliehana Stepetin was making her way to sit down where lawmakers were sitting, she said Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle forcefully grabbed her arm and then her wrist.

Kayla Heffner
Former legislator sues House speaker, Senate president over decision to meet in Juneau

Former legislator sues House speaker, Senate president over decision to meet in Juneau

A former state legislator has filed a lawsuit against the Legislature's presiding officers for their decision to convene members in Juneau for a special session that Gov. Mike Dunleavy intended to be held in Wasilla. 

Liz Raines
Lacking numbers, legislative veto override fails

Lacking numbers, legislative veto override fails

Lawmakers needed 45 votes to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes. Only 38 legislators appeared.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy budget vetoes, legislative turmoil hitting Alaska's education system hard

Dunleavy budget vetoes, legislative turmoil hitting Alaska's education system hard

Even scholarship programs that seemed safe from the governor's cuts have been swept away amid disorder in the 2019 Legislature.

Kayla Heffner, Scott Gross & Cassie Schirm
Assembly members to propose ordinances related to wildfires in Anchorage

Assembly members to propose ordinances related to wildfires in Anchorage

One proposed ordinance would keep people out of green spaces that are high fire danger areas within the municipality. 

Daniella Rivera
Protesters take over Wasilla special session

Protesters take over Wasilla special session

More than a dozen people sat in legislators' seats, chanting "Forty-five to override."

Heather Hintze
Unyielding: Alaskans and lawmakers on both sides unmoved over vetoes, special session

Unyielding: Alaskans and lawmakers on both sides unmoved over vetoes, special session

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes have triggered impassioned responses across the state with Alaskans on both sides of the conversation.

Liz Raines, Scott Gross, Heather Hintze & Steve Quinn
ISER predicts another Alaska recession if governor's vetoes advance

ISER predicts another Alaska recession if governor's vetoes advance

UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research predicts Alaska could go into recession if Governor's vetoes stand.

Joe Vigil
Portugal. The Man speaks out on budget vetoes: 'We stand for the youth and the elders'

Portugal. The Man speaks out on budget vetoes: 'We stand for the youth and the elders'

Alaska-grown, Grammy award-winning Portugal. The Man is in Anchorage Tuesday to weigh in on Gov. Dunleavy's budget vetoes.

Liz Raines
Divided: 2 special sessions and the protests that followed

Divided: 2 special sessions and the protests that followed

37 lawmakers rejected Dunleavy's call for a Wasilla special session and begin proceedings in Juneau; 21 showed up to work in the Valley.

Steve Quinn & Scott Gross
Dunleavy signs new crime bill into law, repealing 'failed' SB 91

Dunleavy signs new crime bill into law, repealing 'failed' SB 91

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, members of his administration, and lawmakers gathered for the signing of House Bill 49. 

Daniella Rivera
Alaska State Senate ousts majority leader

Alaska State Senate ousts majority leader

The Alaska State Senate kicked off it second special session in Juneau with a shake-up of leadership.

Associated Press
One-third of Legislature prepared to meet in Wasilla for special session

One-third of Legislature prepared to meet in Wasilla for special session

It's day one of a second special session, this one on the Permanent Fund dividend, but lawmakers are still at odds with the governor and each other on where to meet.

Liz Raines
Supporters rally to help the homeless in light of budget cuts

Supporters rally to help the homeless in light of budget cuts

Governor Dunleavy cut $7.2 million approved by the Legislature for homeless services.

Dave Leval
Lawmakers to appear in Juneau and Wasilla for 2nd special session

Lawmakers to appear in Juneau and Wasilla for 2nd special session

Once lawmakers sort out their venue differences and address prospective veto overrides, there is still the original reason for the session: the Permanent Fund dividend.

Steve Quinn
Senate president: 'No question' lawmakers meeting in Juneau

Senate president: 'No question' lawmakers meeting in Juneau

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel says there's "no question" lawmakers will meet in Juneau for Monday's start of the next special session.

Associated Press
Separating politics from statutes no longer black and white

Separating politics from statutes no longer black and white

When lawmakers begin a second special session on Monday, they will reprise a debate over which law governs the size of the Permanent Fund dividend

Steve Quinn
Supreme Court details decision to uphold Fairbanks House race results

Supreme Court details decision to uphold Fairbanks House race results

Republican Bart LeBon defeated Democratic challenger Kathryn Dodge by a single vote after a recount.

Steve Quinn
Lawmakers face deadlines, constituent pressure in 2nd special session

Lawmakers face deadlines, constituent pressure in 2nd special session

The Legislature has until July 12 to over ride some or all of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's $444 million budget vetoes.

Steve Quinn
Alaskans rally to support homeless services

Alaskans rally to support homeless services

Officials across Anchorage say these cuts will have a detrimental effect on the community and Alaskans’ way of life.

Cassie Schirm
EPA official cites concerns with Pebble Mine review

EPA official cites concerns with Pebble Mine review

A regional official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a draft review of a proposed mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region likely underestimates impacts the project could have on fish and other resources.

Associated Press
Extended Interview: Sen. Sullivan addresses rural public safety, tariffs on China and domestic violence bill

Extended Interview: Sen. Sullivan addresses rural public safety, tariffs on China and domestic violence bill

Watch full interview.

Shayne Nuesca
Web Extra: Sen. Murkowski speaks on rural law enforcement, Pebble Mine and health care

Web Extra: Sen. Murkowski speaks on rural law enforcement, Pebble Mine and health care

Watch full interview.

Shayne Nuesca
Cutting deeper: How Dunleavy's vetoes will impact Alaska's education system

Cutting deeper: How Dunleavy's vetoes will impact Alaska's education system

Dunleavy took millions away from the University of Alaska system and slashed school bond debt reimbursement.

Daniella Rivera, Lauren Maxwell & Scott Gross
UA President: No program is safe after massive Dunleavy budget cuts

UA President: No program is safe after massive Dunleavy budget cuts

The largest line item veto Gov. Mike Dunleavy enacted today was a $130 million cut to the University of Alaska.

Shannon Ballard & Daniella Rivera
Murkowski backs legislation aimed at lowering health care costs

Murkowski backs legislation aimed at lowering health care costs

Legislation aimed at several health care solutions to lower health care costs, increase access to care and promote drug price transparency.

Shayne Nuesca
Dunleavy wields red pen, cutting $444 million

Dunleavy wields red pen, cutting $444 million

Lawmakers need 45 votes to override anyone of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's 182 line item vetoes.

Steve Quinn
AG Barr announces $10M in funding for rural Alaska law enforcement

AG Barr announces $10M in funding for rural Alaska law enforcement

Attorney General William Barr has declared a law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska and made $6 million immediately available for law enforcement needs in Native villages, the Department of Justice announced in a release Friday.

Angela Krenzien
Governor signs bill ensuring years of support for state suicide prevention efforts

Governor signs bill ensuring years of support for state suicide prevention efforts

Gov. Dunleavy signed Senate Bill 10 to extend the work of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, helping Alaska to provide more resources to those struggling with suicide.

Scott Gross
Democratic candidates spar in first night of primary debates

Democratic candidates spar in first night of primary debates

In the briskly paced debate, candidates explained their differences on health care, climate change and LGBTQ issues.

CBS News
Pebble Mine opponents rally while EPA hands mine a victory

Pebble Mine opponents rally while EPA hands mine a victory

An environmental impact statement on the massive gold and copper mine is under review for public comment through Monday.

Steve Quinn
Alaska AG: Special session in Juneau violates statute, would be invalid

Alaska AG: Special session in Juneau violates statute, would be invalid

Leading lawmakers say they plan to hold the July 8 special session in Juneau and Anchorage rather than Wasilla.

Steve Quinn
Juneau special session: Following constitution or breaking the law?

Juneau special session: Following constitution or breaking the law?

Lawmakers differ over whether moving Gov. Mike Dunleavy's call for a Wasilla special session adheres to the constitution or violates the law.

Steve Quinn
House, Senate leaders dismiss Dunleavy's Wasilla special session

House, Senate leaders dismiss Dunleavy's Wasilla special session

The House and Senate will first convene in Juneau on July 8, but hold most of the committee hearings in Anchorage.

Steve Quinn
Murkowski bill would let more low-income Alaskan kids get free summer meals

Murkowski bill would let more low-income Alaskan kids get free summer meals

Alaska’s senior senator announced a bill Friday that would give more low-income children access free meals during the summer.

Angela Krenzien
Feds sending $31 million to communities statewide

Feds sending $31 million to communities statewide

The distribution is part of a federal payment in lieu of taxes program that compensates communities with federal lands that are not subject to state or local taxes.

Steve Quinn
Sen. Lisa Murkowski votes to provide $4B for US southern border crisis

Sen. Lisa Murkowski votes to provide $4B for US southern border crisis

Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to provide $4.59 billion in supplemental funding for the crisis at the U.S. southern border.

Shayne Nuesca
Dunleavy to Legislature: Engage the public on any PFD change

Dunleavy to Legislature: Engage the public on any PFD change

Gov. Mike Dunleavy addressed a eight-person legislative task in a rare appearance for a sitting governor.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy addresses Wasilla special session concerns

Dunleavy addresses Wasilla special session concerns

“With a change of venue hopefully we’ll get a change of outcomes” Gov. Mike Dunleavy said at a press conference in front of Wasilla Middle School on Friday.

Heather Hintze
Alaska Supreme Court says state's sex offender registry laws are unconstitutional

Alaska Supreme Court says state's sex offender registry laws are unconstitutional

The Alaska Supreme Court says the Alaska Sexual Offender Registration Act state’s sex offender registry act is unconstitutional.

Shannon Ballard
Lawmakers to receive per diem, contrary to new law

Lawmakers to receive per diem, contrary to new law

Under House Bill 44 last year, lawmakers were not to receive a per diem if they did not pass an operating budget within 121 days

Steve Quinn
Legislature poised to sue Dunleavy over education funding

Legislature poised to sue Dunleavy over education funding

Thursday's vote by the Legislative Council comes two weeks after the House and Senate authorized the panel to sue Dunleavy if necessary.

Steve Quinn
Murkowski among US lawmakers pushing Canadian province on mining pollution

Murkowski among US lawmakers pushing Canadian province on mining pollution

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from four U.S. states bordering British Columbia say the Canadian province needs to do a better job preventing mining pollution from fouling downstream rivers in the U.S.

Associated Press
Dunleavy calls second special session, to be held at Wasilla Middle School

Dunleavy calls second special session, to be held at Wasilla Middle School

Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an executive proclamation calling for a second special session at Wasilla Middle School.

Elizabeth Roman
Local groups rally, urge Gov. Dunleavy to pass operating budget

Local groups rally, urge Gov. Dunleavy to pass operating budget

The governor said he will consider accepting the Legislature's budget, to veto the budget in its entirety or veto portions of the budget to align expenditures and revenues.

Scott Gross
Dividend talks dominate Capitol, but produce no results

Dividend talks dominate Capitol, but produce no results

Lawmakers are down to their final two days of a 30-day special session, many resolved to a special session that focuses on the Permanent Fund dividend

Steve Quinn
Full Interview: Sen. Natasha von Imhof discusses the PFD

Full Interview: Sen. Natasha von Imhof discusses the PFD

With an operating budget passed and the capital budget making progress through the House, the Legislature is still working on a compromise on how much your Permanent Fund dividend should be.

KTVA Web Staff
$8M upgrade coming to Talkeetna sewage lagoon

$8M upgrade coming to Talkeetna sewage lagoon

The quality of the treated water started to decline in 2014. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Public Works Director cites the increase in visitors to the tiny town as one reason the system is overwhelmed.

Heather Hintze
Capital budget inching closer to House vote

Capital budget inching closer to House vote

The House Finance Committee moved Senate Bill 19, the budget that funds road and construction projects, plus one-time appropriations.

Steve Quinn
Senate deadlocked on PFD as special session nears an end

Senate deadlocked on PFD as special session nears an end

The House and Senate voted to establish an ad-hoc committee that will explore new plans for future Permanent Fund dividends.

Steve Quinn
Lawmakers close to averting government shutdown as House approves budget

Lawmakers close to averting government shutdown as House approves budget

With the House passing a budget compromise on Sunday, the Senate is planning a vote Monday morning.

Steve Quinn
Dunleavy: Next special session could be at Wasilla Middle School

Dunleavy: Next special session could be at Wasilla Middle School

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says if lawmakers need another special session, then he believes it should be on the road system.

Steve Quinn
PFD debate draws crude social media, email responses

PFD debate draws crude social media, email responses

Some senators are being criticized through emails and social media posts, criticisms some find sexist over the top.

Steve Quinn
Anchorage senator proposes $900 PFD check

Anchorage senator proposes $900 PFD check

Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, says the state needs a balanced budget.

Joe Vigil
Hemp pilot program moves Alaska closer to legal production

Hemp pilot program moves Alaska closer to legal production

The state is currently taking public comment on the new proposed regulations for creating a hemp industry in Alaska.

Heather Hintze
Senate and governor at odds over size of 2019 PFD

Senate and governor at odds over size of 2019 PFD

Even with Tuesday's vote Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he's still hopeful that Alaskans will get a full dividend check this year.

Joe Vigil & Steve Quinn
Full Interview: Gov. Dunleavy discusses special session, PFD

Full Interview: Gov. Dunleavy discusses special session, PFD

Watch KTVA's full interview with Gov. Mike Dunleavy about Tuesday's Senate vote and a $3,000 PFD.

KTVA Web Staff
Senate poised for PFD debate: $1,600 or $3,000?

Senate poised for PFD debate: $1,600 or $3,000?

The Senate will consider a Senate Bill 1002, which proposes a $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend this fall.

Steve Quinn
AG Barr announces Anchorage among 10 cities in national crime prevention initiative

AG Barr announces Anchorage among 10 cities in national crime prevention initiative

Anchorage is one of 10 communities that will be part of the new National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), an initiative meant to combat violent crime across the nation.

Elizabeth Roman
Gov. Dunleavy forgives victim's debt that caused garnishing of PFDs

Gov. Dunleavy forgives victim's debt that caused garnishing of PFDs

The governor said it seemed wrong for the state to be garnishing permanent fund dividend checks from someone who was 8-years-old when the incident happened.

Lauren Maxwell
Trump administration takes step toward replacing NAFTA

Trump administration takes step toward replacing NAFTA

The Trump administration on Thursday triggered the process for submitting a bill to Congress that would implement the president's new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

Associated Press
Alaska Native leaders implore Attorney General Barr for improvements to tribal justice

Alaska Native leaders implore Attorney General Barr for improvements to tribal justice

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is hearing about the challenges of law enforcement in rural Alaska and its effects on Native women.

Lauren Maxwell, Steve Quinn & Joe Vigil
US Attorney General to visit women's shelter in Bethel

US Attorney General to visit women's shelter in Bethel

When U.S. Attorney General William Barr travels to Bethel on Friday, he will see things from the victim’s perspective.

Rhonda McBride
AOGA conference says Alaska is 'back on the map' for oil and gas development

AOGA conference says Alaska is 'back on the map' for oil and gas development

American Petroleum Institute president Mike Sommers said Alaska is on the leading edge of "the American energy revolution."

Lauren Maxwell
New crime bill targets sex offenders, thieves, lean sentences

New crime bill targets sex offenders, thieves, lean sentences

House Bill 49 still awaits Gov. Mike Dunleavy's signature.

Steve Quinn
U.S. Attorney General to visit rural communities

U.S. Attorney General to visit rural communities

After his visit to Anchorage, the U.S. attorney general is expected to travel off the road system.

Rhonda McBride
Dunleavy memo: Layoff notices imminent without an operating budget

Dunleavy memo: Layoff notices imminent without an operating budget

Lawmakers are entering their third week of the 30-day special session Gov. Mike Dunleavy called on May 16.

Steve Quinn
Lawmakers are willing to sue governor over public education funds

Lawmakers are willing to sue governor over public education funds

The House and Senate voted to authorize a joint committee to prepare a lawsuit against Gov. Mike Dunleavy over the lawmakers ability to fund education beyond the next fiscal year.

Steve Quinn
US attorney general in Anchorage for roundtable on Alaska Native justice

US attorney general in Anchorage for roundtable on Alaska Native justice

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is traveling to Anchorage to attend a roundtable meeting on tribal justice in Alaska, according to a statement from the Department of Justice Tuesday.

KTVA Web Staff
President Trump shakes hands during brief JBER refueling stop on trip to Japan

President Trump shakes hands during brief JBER refueling stop on trip to Japan

The president will spend four days in the island nation to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Bryan Dunagan
Trump leaves for Tokyo as he orders more troops to the Middle East

Trump leaves for Tokyo as he orders more troops to the Middle East

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are heading to Tokyo Friday, as tensions rise between the president and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and as he orders more troops to head to the Middle East to handle Iran. 

CBS News
Trump's China tariffs hike will cost average U.S. family $831 a year

Trump's China tariffs hike will cost average U.S. family $831 a year

The growing tally comes as the result of the Trump administration hiking tariffs to 25% from 10% on $200 billion in Chinese goods, which took effect nearly two weeks ago.

CBS News
Dunleavy makes another attempt toward education funding

Dunleavy makes another attempt toward education funding

The Legislature says the funding has already been appropriated under House Bill 287 last year.

Steve Quinn
Alaskans protest anti-abortion bill

Alaskans protest anti-abortion bill

Alaskans protest anti-abortion bill.

Dave Goldman
How the governor called the Legislature back to work, the special session so far

How the governor called the Legislature back to work, the special session so far

Gov. Mike Dunleavy proclaimed a special session to settle debates on crime, the state budget, education funding and the PFD.

Shayne Nuesca
Lawmaker says she won't hear Alaska abortion ban bill

Lawmaker says she won't hear Alaska abortion ban bill

A state House Health and Social Services Committee co-chair says she will not hear a bill that seeks to outlaw abortion in Alaska.

Associated Press
Special session opens with crime bill compromise

Special session opens with crime bill compromise

The state House and Senate have until June 14 to cast a final vote for an agreement brokered by a special conference committee.

Steve Quinn
Governor calls Legislature into 30-day special session to decide on crime, budget, PFD bills

Governor calls Legislature into 30-day special session to decide on crime, budget, PFD bills

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has called lawmakers back to work for a 30-day special session to begin Thursday morning.

Steve Quinn
House, Senate at loggerheads heading into session's final day

House, Senate at loggerheads heading into session's final day

After unanimously passing a sweeping crime bill, the Senate watched the House reject the changes, all but guaranteeing a special session.

Steve Quinn
US bills calls for DOJ review of Indian Country probes

US bills calls for DOJ review of Indian Country probes

Federal lawmakers are re-introducing legislation that calls for the Justice Department to review how law enforcement agencies respond to cases of missing and murdered Native Americans.

Associated Press
Clock ticking on lawmakers with crime bill, PFD undecided

Clock ticking on lawmakers with crime bill, PFD undecided

Lawmakers have until Wednesday to adjourn.

Steve Quinn
Jury trial sought in suits brought against Dunleavy, Babcock

Jury trial sought in suits brought against Dunleavy, Babcock

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock deny wrongdoing in firing three employees now suing them.

Steve Quinn
Legislature heading into the home stretch toward Wednesday adjournment

Legislature heading into the home stretch toward Wednesday adjournment

Lawmakers still working on budgets, crime bills and resolving the Permanent Fund dividend payout.

Steve Quinn
House vote spotlights marriage as defense against sexual assaults

House vote spotlights marriage as defense against sexual assaults

As lawmakers pursue sweeping changes in Alaska’s public safety laws, one burning question has emerged: Should marriage continue to be a defense in sexual assault cases?

Steve Quinn

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