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Local News
1:03 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

3/26/15 - Legislators backing away from Anchorage school construction debt

Legislators back away from Anchorage’s pending school debt

Alaska lawmakers are attempting to fast-track a bill so the state won't have to help pay for $59 million in school bonds in the state's largest district. The Senate yesterday approved a measure that would retroactively halt the state's practice of partially reimbursing municipalities for school bonds issued after Jan. 1, 2015. Anchorage voters on April 7 will decide a $59 million bond package.

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Local News
5:56 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

3/25/15 - Legislators consider changes to child support laws, transportation department budget cuts

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Credit Courtesy KRBD FM, Ketchikan, AK

  Aid to needy families, state child support services funding at risk

State officials have said federal funding could be on the line if the Legislature does not act to change Alaska child support payment laws. Two pools of money would be affected: $19 million for the state's child support services division and $45 million for Temporary Aid for Needy Families.

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Legislators propose cuts to state transportation budget

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Local News
7:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

3/23/15 - Sen. Donny Olson proposes promotion of Native languages through teacher certification

At least 20 distinct Native languages are spoken in Alaska, and every year, the population of speakers gets a little smaller. A Golovin senator now wants to reverse that trend by encouraging immersion language charter schools.

Democrat Donny Olson introduced a bill on Friday that would create a special certification process for instructors of Native languages, so that it would be easier for them to teach in schools.  He’s hoping to build on the success of legislation recognizing Alaska’s Native languages as official languages in their own right.

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Local News
10:32 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

3/20/15 - Senators question need for water and sewer construction dollars

Senators on the Finance Committee Thursday questioned Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials, asking just how bad would it be to turn down federal dollars for construction of water and sewer systems.

DEC Administration Director Tom Cherian told legislators the $64 million capital budget DEC submitted is its lowest in ten years. The lion’s share of DEC’s capital budget, $55.5 million, would go to water and sewer projects. Of that, 71% is federal dollars. The state’s share would be a $9 million dollar match.

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Local News
7:37 am
Thu March 19, 2015

3/19/15 - Trustees for Alaska challenging decades-old permit for Palmer area coal mine

The Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer.  Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage yesterday ( Wednesday) on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition (CMC) and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area.  Vicki Clark, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, says they’re concerned about a new coal mine going in under a permit that was issued decades ago.

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