charter school en 4/4/14 KNBA News - Controversial permitting bill dies in Alaska Senate Resources committee <p>Depending on who you ask, HB77 would have streamlined state permitting of development projects, or unacceptably limited public participation in resource management decision-making. Due to controversy over those differing views, the bill is dead.</p><p>Royal Dutch Shell didn't&nbsp;fully consider the risk of towing an unpropelled&nbsp;drill rig through the Gulf of Alaska during a winter storm, according to a Coast Guard investigation into the grounding of Shell's Kulluk&nbsp;rig on New Year's Eve in 2012.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:34:32 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9692 at 4/2/14 KNBA News - Gov. Parnell proposes tax cuts for the three refineries in Alaska <p>Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing new tax credits to help the three refineries in Alaska to provide lower-cost fuels to in-state customers.</p><p>A bill that would symbolically make all 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages is headed to the House floor for a vote.</p><p>The House Finance Committee frees up $13 million for school districts, by changing the way the state counts students.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:41:12 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9612 at 3/18/14 KNBA News - Legislators consider buying a legislative office building in Anchorage <p>Buying rather than leasing a legislative office building in Anchorage would save the state $2.4 million a year, according to Rep. Mike Hawker, Legislative Council chair.</p><p>The Alaska House has rejected extending a perk to military same-sex partners - the use of their home-state drivers' license when here temporarily.</p><p>The House Finance committee is looking at ways to handle the state's debt to employee pensions.</p><p>Alaska's life expectancy is 34th in the nation, and that of Alaska Native people is seven years less than that of Alaskan non-Natives.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:45:30 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9012 at