After over two decades in the Alaska Legislature, Senate President Rick Halford has decided against running for reelection. The 57 year old commerical pilot and guide from the Chugiak-Eagle River area is retiring this year to spend more time with his family. His wife Rona just delivered a new son, adding to two other boys already in the family. During his tenure, Halford was one of the Alaska Permanent Fund’s most passionate defenders and has held leadership positions throughout much of his career. Halford talked about his new priorities with reporters late Tuesday night immediately following a surprise visit by his wife and new baby.
- For the second time this year, a Republican from Matanuska-Susitna Borough left the state Senate majority caucus.
- The U.S. Senate is working on the health care bill, and Alaska health commissioner Valerie Davidson is in Washington, D.C., to meet with Alaska's senators, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. One-quarter of Alaska's population currently is covered by Medicaid.
- Police posted this security video of the suspect on its Facebook page and described him as white, 25 to 30 years old, 6-foot-3 and skinny with scruffy facial hair.
- Uber and Lyft are negotiating with the City and Borough of Juneau over the collection of the city's sales tax. The companies insist it's the drivers' responsibility to collect and remit the 5 percent tax on fares.