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Legislators consider phasing out oil and gas tax credits over a period of years. Deciding on the tax structure is considered a hurdle that must be passed to make progress on the state budget and revenues.

Gov. Bill Walker will pick a Supreme Court Justice from among four nominees.

Sealaska, the for-profit Native regional corporation for Southeast Alaska, is getting back into seafood business with the purchase of a processing plant.

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May 11, 2016

Alaska House of Representatives announces plans to appeal the Governor's decision last August to expand Medicaid. A court ruling earlier stated the Governor was acting within his authority to expand Medicaid. Legislative attorneys said a decision to appeal requires a vote by the House and Senate, a vote that wasn't taken.

5/6/2016

Governor names Tribal Advisory Council Members

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker Thursday announced the formation of an 11-member tribal advisory council. He said the goal is to talk with tribes about issues of concern to both tribes and the state, and to find ways to join forces to address them. Walker said he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will meet with the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council quarterly, or more often as the need arises.

April 29, 2016

Legislators to put Power Cost Equalization excess earnings to other uses

By Associated Press

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement for use of any excess earnings from a fund set up to help rural areas faced with high electricity costs. A conference committee Thursday agreed to legislation that would allow for 70 percent of excess earnings from the Power Cost Equalization endowment fund to be put to other uses. Sen. Lyman Hoffman says the remaining 30 percent of any excess earnings would revert to the endowment.

KTOO - Juneau

Knowing Tlingit makes possible a life of understanding the ways of our elders

By Johanna Eurich

Most of Alaska’s twenty Native languages are going extinct. However, a Native languages assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast is bucking that tide. Lance X’uneit Twitchell worked hard to learn Tlingit, a language used by his family for thousands of years. Tlingit people have a rich and complex high civilization along the Pacific coast in Southeast Alaska famous for its totem poles, clan system, regalia, rich poetry and formal rhetoric.

April 28, 2016

Most current oil and gas tax credits in Alaska would be phased out by 2020 under a draft rewrite of legislation pending in the House Rules Committee. The draft has yet to be formally introduced or heard by the committee, which took possession of the bill after a prior version appeared destined to fail on the House floor. Resolution on credits is seen as key to making progress on the budget and revenue measures as the Legislature continues working in extended session.

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By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan.

Greg Razo, is in Washington DC to accept a White House Champion of Change award.

“I’m proud to represent Alaska and Alaska Native people as we strive for equity in justice, in the criminal justice system,” said Razo.

KNBA News for April 19, 2016

Legislators continue session to finish work on state budget

By the Associated Press

March 31, 2016

No ash cloud or aviation advisories in effect

By the Associated Press

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the Pavlof volcano continues to rumble and explode but is no longer sending up massive ash clouds. Drifting ash has dispersed and there are no National Weather Service aviation or ash fall advisories in effect. However, the Observatory cautions it is possible for conditions at the Pavlov volacano to change at any time with little to no warning. 

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