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Senate Finance poised to unveil capital budget

Senate Finance poised to unveil capital budgetThe Senate Finance Committee is expected to unveil a rewrite of the state capital budget by Wednesday.

Troopers report 70 marijuana incidents since legalization

Troopers report 70 marijuana incidents since legalizationAlaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters wrote in an email Tuesday that troopers have come across about 70 instances involving marijuana since the law legalizing recreational pot for those 21 and older took effect Feb. 24.

Senate approves state Arctic policy

Senate approves state Arctic policyAlaska lawmakers have approved a bill calling for a state Arctic policy.

Hearings planned for gas line corporation board appointees

The Senate Finance Committee plans confirmation hearings for Gov. Bill Walker's appointees to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board.

House panel advances gov’s appointment for state fish board

House panel advances gov’s appointment for state fish boardThe House Resources Committee agreed to forward Robert Ruffner's name to a joint session of the House and Senate for consideration.

State biologists warn of Alaska bears emerging from dens

State biologists warn of Alaska bears emerging from densThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is warning Alaskans to take precautions against bears emerging from winter dens.

Sunday last day to buy Ice Classic tickets

Sunday last day to buy Ice Classic ticketsSunday is the last day to buy tickets for the Alaska's biggest guessing contest, the Nenana Ice Classic.

House passes bill about municipal role in marijuana regs

House passes bill about municipal role in marijuana regsThe bill also clarifies some components of personal use: it would reiterate the ban on public consumption, and set a maximum household limit of 24 marijuana plants if there are three or more residents.

Proposal would reject pay increases for public employees

The committee also adopted language removing salary increases for employees not covered by unions. Committee co-chair Pete Kelly said that action would require separate legislation.

House panel considers pet custody, protective orders

House panel considers pet custody, protective ordersThe bill would direct the court to consider an animal's best interests when deciding who gets to keep a pet, such as a dog or cat, in a divorce.