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11:59 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

1/15/15 - Growing number of Alaskans sign up for Obamacare

Twice as many Alaskans enrolled for health insurance as last month

The federal government said about 16 thousand Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov since open enrollment period began Nov. 15. That's about 3,000 more than signed up during the initial 6-month open enrollment period, and half of them are renewals.

Regional Health and Human Services director Susan Johnson, said 16,000 is “huge."

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Local News
8:17 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

1/14/15 - U.S. Energy Department predicts oil price of $58 per barrel for 2015

That would be up from $45 Tuesday

As the price of oil continues its downward slide, the Energy Department is predicting oil prices of $58 per barrel in 2015, and $75 per barrel in 2016. It’s also predicting U.S. shale production will begin to tail off in the second half of 2015. The forecast was part of a monthly outlook released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Local News
8:34 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

1/13/15 - Gov. Bill Walker fires Transportation department head over mega-projects

Governor Bill Walker, Commissioner Pat Kemp at odds on Knik Arm Bridge, Juneau Access Road

The head of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Commissioner Pat Kemp, stepped down yesterday. Governor Bill Walker’s spokesperson Grace Jang says Walker accepted Kemp’s resignation because in a memo to the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Kemp expressed views contrary to the Governor’s philosophy and decisions.

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Local News
9:41 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

1/12/15 - Alaska Airlines donates $1 million to Alaska Native science, engineering education

Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program director said gift will change Alaska

In 2013, the National Governors Association issued a report saying U.S. productivity, economic growth, and innovation are limited by a shortage of workers trained in science, engineering, technology, and math, or STEM. But a recent million-dollar donation may change Alaska’s outlook for STEM workers.

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Local News
9:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

1/9/15 - Oil taxes aren't working, says Gov. Bill Walker

Gov. Bill Walker is taking issue with how the existing oil production tax works at low oil prices. The price of oil has dropped in recent months from more than a hundred dollars a barrel to fifty a barrel. Producers can also apply for tax credits meant to boost production. Last year the state took in five billion dollars in oil revenues, with half of that from oil production taxes. This year it will take in two billion dollars from other forms of oil revenues. 

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