alaska

House Majority divided on payments to oil companies

By the Associated Press

Republican House Speaker Mike Chenault said his caucus is not ready to vote on oil tax credit reform – a program that has the state paying 775 million dollars to oil and gas companies this year. Some think House Bill 247 doesn’t reduce payouts enough. Others oppose making changes as companies struggle with low oil prices.

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House adopts legislation to change approach of criminal justice system

April 4, 2016

Sen. Murkowski opposes hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee until new president is elected

by The Associated Press

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she hasn't settled on which Republican presidential candidate she will support. But Steve Wackowski, the GOP senator's campaign manager, says Murkowski will not back a Democratic hopeful.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Continuing low prices pressure Legislators to consider reduced oil and gas tax credits

By the Associated Press

March 31, 2016

No ash cloud or aviation advisories in effect

By the Associated Press

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the Pavlof volcano continues to rumble and explode but is no longer sending up massive ash clouds. Drifting ash has dispersed and there are no National Weather Service aviation or ash fall advisories in effect. However, the Observatory cautions it is possible for conditions at the Pavlov volacano to change at any time with little to no warning. 

March 28, 2016

Volcanic eruption led to dozens of flight cancellations in Interior, NW, Northern Alaska

By AP

Mark Beals

The Pavlov volcanic eruption has been downgraded from Red Alert to Orange Watch status.

From the Alaska Volcano Observatory:

The eruption of Pavlof Volcano that began yesterday afternoon [Sunday, March 27, 2016] continues. Seismic tremor remains at levels above background, but is significantly lower than the highest levels observed during the eruption. The latest web camera views show a sustained ash plume emanating from the volcano.

Revenue Commissioner said Income Tax Unlikely This Legislative Session

By the Associated Press

Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said he doesn't think a bill to reinstate a personal state income tax in Alaska will move in the Legislature this session.

The bill is one of several proposed by Gov. Bill Walker as part of plan to address the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

KNBA News for March 17, 2016

Job losses loom

By the Associated Press

Officials predict that Alaska's construction industry could lose as much as 18 percent of its work force this year due to last year’s state budget cuts. Alaska Association of General Contractors director John Mackinnon, tells KTUU-TV the loss could affect more than 3,000 jobs.

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Covenant House seeks to help prevent sexual crimes

Low oil prices lead to Anchorage layoffs

By AP

BP says it is planning to further reduce its workforce in Alaska as the state continues to struggle with low oil prices. A BP spokeswoman told KTUU-TV that about 4 percent of the company's workforce will be cut. Most of the affected positions are based in Anchorage. The announcement comes after BP revealed plans last week to reduce the active rig count at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope from five to two.

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Effects of last year's budget cuts loom over construction industry

By AP

Officials predict that Alaska's construction industry could lose as much as 18 percent of its workforce this year due to last year’s state budget cuts. Alaska Association of General Contractors director John Mackinnon, tells KTUU-TV the loss could affect more than 3,000 jobs.

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Legislators considering privatizing Pioneer Homes for elderly

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