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2:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

4/9/14 KNBA News - Alaska's attorney general defends state's position on tribal sovereignty, courts

Attorney General Michael Geraghty testified before the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee on a national report that calls the high rate of violence against Alaska Native women a "national disgrace," and urges the state to change its position on tribal courts. The state, says Garaghty, is protecting the rights of all Alaskans when it opposes the expansion of tribal courts.

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Local News
9:51 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

4/10/14 KNBA News - Senate Finance passes a $2.1 billion budget

The Senate Finance Committee's $2.1 billion budget includes $145 million for a new heating system for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and $2.1 for a road linking King Cove to Cold Bay. It doesn't include $10 million for the Susitna dam project that Administration was seeking.

Some subsistence fishermen are calling for a temporary halt to fishing on the Yukon River after the state has forecast abysmal returns of king salmon.

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Local News
6:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

4/8/14 KNBA News - The state is boosting its oil revenue projections

Oil revenues will be $374 million more than earlier projected, but down almost four billion from peak revenues of a few years ago, and $1.5 billion less than the state's FY2014 budget.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is pushing to modify legislation that could result in more tribal court jurisdiction in Alaska.

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Local News
9:12 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

4/7/14 KNBA News - Legislators consider a bill to set state participation in LNG project at 25%

The House Resources Committee is revising a bill to advance a major liquified natural gas project with 25% state participation.

Supporters of a minimum wage initiative are worried a bill introduced on Friday is a repeat of a 2002 Legislative tactic to get their initiative off the ballot then gut the bill.

A recent archeological study supports a southeast Alaska Tlingit tribe's contention that herring populations were once much more plentiful and widespread, which is the basis for the tribe's call for a more conservative state management regime.

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Local News
7:34 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

4/4/14 KNBA News - Controversial permitting bill dies in Alaska Senate Resources committee

Depending on who you ask, HB77 would have streamlined state permitting of development projects, or unacceptably limited public participation in resource management decision-making. Due to controversy over those differing views, the bill is dead.

Royal Dutch Shell didn't fully consider the risk of towing an unpropelled drill rig through the Gulf of Alaska during a winter storm, according to a Coast Guard investigation into the grounding of Shell's Kulluk rig on New Year's Eve in 2012.

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