legislature http://knba.org en 4/22/14 KNBA News - Legislators work to meld two versions of an education bill into one http://knba.org/post/42214-knba-news-legislators-work-meld-two-versions-education-bill-one <p>A Legislative Conference Committee is going through House and Senate versions of an Omnibus Education bill to identify areas of agreement and sticking points, working toward one bill that both chambers will find acceptable.</p><p>BP announced it is selling some of its North Slope assets to Hilcorp, which has been operating in Cook Inlet.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:59:25 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10390 at http://knba.org 4/22/14 KNBA News - State education bill headed to conference committee http://knba.org/post/42214-knba-news-state-education-bill-headed-conference-committee <p>The state Senate passed an Omnibus Education Bill yesterday that's headed to Conference Committee, where House and Senate members will hammer out differences between their two versions of the bill. In addition to the education bill, Legislators have the Capital budget to wrap up, and several bills to consider.</p><p>Fairbanks is celebrating Earth Day.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:28:04 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10359 at http://knba.org 4/21/14 KNBA News - Legislature to continue session into 91st day http://knba.org/post/42114-knba-news-legislature-continue-session-91st-day <p>By law, the Legislature is allotted ninety days in session, but despite meeting into the early hours this morning, it hasn't finished its work. It's scheduled to reconvene at 1 p.m. today.</p><p>The Federal Subsistence Board has limited any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users in 32 Kuskokwim communities.</p><p>Alaska's unemployment rate was up a tenth of a percent in March, reaching 6.6%, just one-tenth of a percent below the national average, which has been dropping.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:34:50 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10312 at http://knba.org 4/14/14 KNBA News - Governor Parnell introduces a bill to pay down retirement debt http://knba.org/post/41414-knba-news-governor-parnell-introduces-bill-pay-down-retirement-debt <p>Governor Sean Parnell says it would be immoral to leave the state's debt to public employees' retirement benefits for future generations to pay, so he's proposing moving $3 billion out of savings to pay it down.</p><p>Food security from an Inuit perspective is the top agenda item at&nbsp;the Inuit Circumpolar Council's meeting in Nome this week.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:10:17 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10054 at http://knba.org 4/10/14 KNBA News - Senate Finance passes a $2.1 billion budget http://knba.org/post/41014-knba-news-senate-finance-passes-21-billion-budget <p>The Senate Finance Committee's $2.1 billion budget includes $145 million for a new heating system for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and $2.1 for a road linking King Cove to Cold Bay. It doesn't include $10 million for the Susitna dam project that Administration was seeking.</p><p>Some subsistence fishermen are calling for a temporary halt to fishing on the Yukon River after the state has forecast abysmal returns of king salmon.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:51:14 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9901 at http://knba.org