health insurance en 3/24/14 KNBA NEWS - Governor's permitting bill in trouble in Legislature <p></p><p></p><p>Legislators have been inundated with phone calls, e-mails, letters and petitions over the Governor's&nbsp;bill aimed&nbsp;at&nbsp;streamlined permitting, but that critics say gives the state too much authority and leaves the public out of the process.</p><p>The Board of Fish has okayed dip-net fishing on the Kuskokwim River to allow fishermen to release King salmon live back into the river&nbsp;and&nbsp;help boost their population.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:45:50 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9238 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