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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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Local News
9:21 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

4/10/15 - Legislators cut funding for a rural school the state is legally obligated to build

Legislators cut funding for a rural school the state is legally obligated to build

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance committee slashed more than $40 million in state dollars from the capital budget. A rural school project the state is legally obligated to complete was among the reductions.

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
11:45 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Kick the bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska

Kivalina City Manager Janet Mitchell at the village landfill where people dispose of the contents of their honey-buckets. A few years ago, the landfill flooded during a storm. The water overran the landfill and flowed, spreading pollution, into a lagoon.
Joaqlin Estus KNBA
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Local News
10:02 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

4/9/15 - Senate Finance releases stripped down $1.5 billion capital budget

Proposed state spending for infrastructure down a billion from 10-year average

The Senate Finance Committee has unveiled a stripped-down, draft rewrite of the capital budget. As it stands, it would be one of the smallest in Alaska in more than a decade.

The bill proposes a $1.5 billion dollar budget capital budget for fiscal year 2016. That’s down a billion from the 10-year average of $2.5 billion. Amendments are expected to be considered today [Thursday]. Whatever ultimately passes the Senate would go to the House for consideration.

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