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12:56 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

4/16/15 - Legislators back out of promised cost of living adjusment for state employees

Legislators back out of promised cost of living adjustment for state employees

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

The Alaska House has narrowly passed a bill that would claw back raises for many state workers. Rep. Steve Thompson, a Fairbanks Republican, made no effort to downplay matters when he offered the legislation on the House floor on Tuesday.

House Bill 176 is a pretty short bill. But it’s a controversial bill.”

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
8:05 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

April 15 update - Kick the Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska

Kwethluk water tanks hold a two-week supply of water for the village. The entire system, which includes the water storage tanks, water treatment plant, a sewage lagoon, pipes to carry water and sewage, and other facilities and equipment cost $45 million.
Joaqlin Estus

News Director Joaqlin Estus is producing a series of stories about rural sanitation in Alaska. Check back to see photos and interviews in coming days. 

Tune in at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. the week of April 27, 2015 for the 5-part series on rural sanitation in Alaska. 

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Local News
11:41 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

4/15/15 - State House passes bill on regulation of marijuana

Bill would give Alcoholic Beverages Control Board oversight of marijuana

By Zacharia Hughes, APRN

A bill that is fundamental to setting up legal regulations for Alaska's marijuana passed the House Tuesday [April 14, 2015]. The bipartisan vote is a step towards the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board establishing a permit structure that oversees a full legal market, from growers to commercial sales.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

4/14/15 - Alaska House Finance says Medicaid reform is needed before expansion

Medicaid reform bill introduced in last week of Legislative session

The House Finance Committee has introduced legislation focused on reforming Alaska's Medicaid program. Committee co-chair Steve Thompson said members have said they want to see changes made to the Medicaid program before they feel comfortable with passing expansion. He said the new bill is intended to get that discussion started. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on Sunday.

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Local News
9:34 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

4/13/15 - National conservative group enters Anchorage local politics

Americans for Prosperity, a Virginia-based, Koch brothers-funded organization, says Anchorage needs a conservative mayor

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN

Major conservative political groups are stepping into the Anchorage mayor's race. The May runoff  between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz is drawing increasing attention from state and national organizations hoping to influence local politics.

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