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Lawmakers discuss federal issues with pot legalization

Lawmakers discuss federal issues with pot legalizationA state Department of Law official told concerned lawmakers that regulating marijuana shouldn't result in federal prosecution.

Judicial council extends application period for judgeship

The council is seeking applicants for the seat currently held by Judge Philip R. Volland, who plans to retire.

Pay raise issue gets attention in budget hearing

Pay raise issue gets attention in budget hearingProposed cuts equal to employee raises in the departments of administration and education weren't included in a draft operating budget before the House Finance Committee.

Iditarod start changes again

Iditarod start changes againAuthorities with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last month moved the start of the race from Willow to Fairbanks because of a lack of snow in the greater Anchorage area.

Contractor to continue cleanup of federal ‘legacy’ wells

A contractor will begin work this month remediating six "legacy" wells drilled by the federal government decades ago in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Jury duty exemption proposed for teachers during school year

Currently, teachers at low performing schools are exempt, but the bill from Rep. Jim Colver would extend that to all teachers.

Bush Caucus hears need for water, sewer work in rural Alaska

Throughout rural Alaska, there's about $900 million in needed water and sewer work.

Senate panel holding summit on crime

Sen. Lesil McGuire says if the state continues on the path it's on, it will have to build a new prison.

House passes bill to expand Fairbanks migratory bird refuge

The House voted 37-1 Monday for a bill that would expand Creamer's Field, a migratory waterfowl refuge in Fairbanks, by adding four parcels of state land to the existing 1,800-acre preserve.

Kodiak floating strip club owners accused of dumping waste in harbor

The U.S. attorney's office in a release Monday says Kimberly Christina Reidel-Byler and Darren K. Byler each face three counts related to the improper disposal.