House and Senate budget negotiators yesterday reached agreement on one part of the state budget before them. They agreed to fully fund the per-student funding formula for the coming year. Other items before the conference committee, including whether to honor cost-of-living increases in negotiated union contracts, remain unresolved. Funding for the pay increases has been a sticking point in budget talks.


Study launched on refinery solvent contaminating North Pole drinking water

The state is removing a few of the most controversial parts of a bill that expands the state's authority to issue general permits, and limits those who would reserve water for certain uses, such as fisheries.

The state is suing former and current owners of a refinery near Fairbanks over a sulfolane spill that flowed into groundwater.

Gov. Sean Parnell has created a Medicaid Reform Advisory Group to develop a report to the Legislature by Nov. 15.