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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
2:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

3/31/14 KNBA News - Senate Finance adds $100 million to education

Proposals to increase education funding for the coming fiscal year range from the Senate's $100 million addition to the state operating budget, to the House's $25 million and the Governor's $10 million.

The AFL-CIO says it would oppose any move by Legislators to increase the minimum wage, which would take a proposed $1 an hour increase off the ballot for August, saying lawmakers did that in 2002, then gutted the minimum wage hike the following session.

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Local News
10:45 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

3/24/14 KNBA NEWS - Governor's permitting bill in trouble in Legislature

Legislators have been inundated with phone calls, e-mails, letters and petitions over the Governor's bill aimed at streamlined permitting, but that critics say gives the state too much authority and leaves the public out of the process.

The Board of Fish has okayed dip-net fishing on the Kuskokwim River to allow fishermen to release King salmon live back into the river and help boost their population.

March 31 is the deadline for enrollment in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and for Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications.

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Local News
9:45 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

3/18/14 KNBA News - Legislators consider buying a legislative office building in Anchorage

Buying rather than leasing a legislative office building in Anchorage would save the state $2.4 million a year, according to Rep. Mike Hawker, Legislative Council chair.

The Alaska House has rejected extending a perk to military same-sex partners - the use of their home-state drivers' license when here temporarily.

The House Finance committee is looking at ways to handle the state's debt to employee pensions.

Alaska's life expectancy is 34th in the nation, and that of Alaska Native people is seven years less than that of Alaskan non-Natives.

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Local News
9:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

3/12/14 KNBA News - Critics find the state's approach to law and order for Alaska Natives lacking

Legislators are considering a bill to do away with a film tax credit program, questioning its benefits to Alaska.

The state of Alaska spends more money litigating against its Alaska Natives than do all the other 49 states combined, according to the chairman of a national Commission on Indian Law and Order.

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