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9:26 am
Tue March 10, 2015

3/10/15 - Senate bill would cut Medicaid costs, not expand program to Alaskans without insurance

Controlling Medicaid costs a priority Senate Finance Committee co-chair Pete Kelly doesn't intend to include Medicaid expansion in the initial draft of a Medicaid reform bill. The Fairbanks Republican plans to introduce a bill this week aimed at controlling costs within the current Medicaid program. He says the bill would address things like rates. -------------------------------------

 

Legislators to consider changing fishery priorities 

 

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Local News
8:46 am
Tue March 10, 2015

3/9/15 - Due to warm weather, Iditarod Sled-dog Race gets a slushy ceremonial start

The change to start to the race in Fairbanks has mushers thinking about new strategies

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Local News
8:29 am
Thu March 5, 2015

3/4/14 - Legislators hear from advocate who opposes Medicaid expansion

Legislators hear another perspective as they consider a proposal by Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to low-income Alaskans Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it.

 

Christie Herrera, with the Foundation for Government Accountability, spoke to problems that she said some states have experienced. Herrera spoke during an informal "lunch and learn," sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy.

 

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Local News
7:11 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

3/3/15 - Heroin use on the rise in Alaska

Drug abuse may become epidemic

Heroin use is on the rise in Alaska. Bureau of Investigation Commander Jeff Laughlin says the trend is expected to continue, and he believes it could become an epidemic. Nome Mayor Denise Michels says heroin and methamphetamine use are a major concern for nearby communities that lack a state law enforcement presence.

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Platinum Mine manager pleads guilty to environmental crimes

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Local News
7:17 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

3/3/15 - Tuluksak again without power

$600,000 need to fix problems caused by poor management, maintenance

Tuluksak residents are now on the backup to the backup electric generator. The state flew out a second generator over the weekend after part of the fan assembly failed Thursday, leaving the community without power for days for the second time in four months. Power was restored Sunday. Alaska Energy Authority Policy and Outreach Manager Emily Ford says the latest failure is not a complete surprise.

    

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