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Bill to buy-out LNG gasline partner moves forward

By Associated Press

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill authorizing funding for a state buyout of a partner in a major proposed gas project. A full Senate vote is expected as early as today [Tues]. If the bill passes, it would go to the House, which has been holding hearings on the issue.

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Pt. McKenzie prison farm beds may be needed

By Associated Press

Nov. 2, 2015

As they enter the 10th day of a special session on the proposed Alaska LNG line, lawmakers are moving closer to approving a $158-million request from Governor Bill Walker to buy out the pipeline company TransCanada and take a larger role in the mega project.

The House Finance committee is scheduled to take public testimony on the bill at 4 p.m. today (Monday, Nov. 2). 

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Remote Alaskan Island Revives Aleut Language, Culture

By Paul Ryan, KUCB – Unalaska

Oct. 30, 2015

Lawmakers: TransCanada buyout likely, but is state ready?

Oct. 29, 2015

Buyout of LNG pipeline partner getting close look by Legislators

Oct. 27, 2015

Gas pipeline partner supports state buyout proposal

A TransCanada Corp. spokesman says the company respects Gov. Bill Walker's wishes to take on an increased role in a proposed natural gas project. Walker has argued a buyout would give Alaska a greater say in the project. A TransCanada  official is scheduled to appear at legislative hearings Wednesday and Thursday.

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Nome port study put on hold

By Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome

Oct. 23, 2015

Wasilla legislator proposes raising minimum student number from 10 to 25

By Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – Juneau

At least one state lawmaker wants to propose an education cost-savings measure that could close dozens of rural schools across the state.

It started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it. That there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn't a surprise. That this proposal could close 60 schools across the state is.

Anchorage officials call Spice drug crisis ‘unsustainable’

By Zacharia Hughes, Alaska Public Radio Network

Wednesday, Anchorage officials told Assembly members spice-related incidents are creating an unsustainable burden on emergency responders in the city.

Fire Chief Dennis LeBlanc says there have been days this month when almost half of all emergency transports are spice-related [48%], and additional vehicles had to be called in from Eagle River to respond.

10/14/15

State investigators critical of police work

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Oct. 13, 2015

Governor, Anchorage Mayor declare second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day

Alaska is now the first state to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. Governor Bill Walker signed the proclamation Monday morning, on the heels of a similar announcement by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. First Alaskans Institute President Liz Medicine Crow made the announcement at the Elders and Youth Conference.

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A man who claims a high school classmate told him he and group of  friends killed John Hartman back in 1997, testified in state court in Fairbanks Thursday. Scott Davison appeared at an ongoing hearing on evidence in the murder, for which four other local men were convicted, and are seeking exoneration. Following the discovery of 15-year-old Hartman badly beaten on a downtown street in October 1997, Davison says fellow Lathrop High student Jason Wallace talked about the crime.

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