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With Medicaid language stripped from budget, path to expansion uncertain

With Medicaid language stripped from budget, path to expansion uncertainThe move is a setback for the Walker administration, which has made Medicaid expansion a top priority. But the fight may not be over yet.

Minimum wage increase helps individuals, OK for small biz

Minimum wage increase helps individuals, OK for small bizAlaska’s statewide minimum wage increase went into effect on Tuesday. Now, thousands of jobs in the state pay $8.75 an hour — a dollar increase.

Life on ice at the top of the world

Life on ice at the top of the worldOn a February day long ago, a family living in a sod hut near the Arctic Ocean saw blocks of sea ice bulldozing their way onto shore.

Alaska senators split on Homeland Security funding

Lisa Murkowski sided with Republican leaders to pass the bill. Sen. Dan Sullivan was among a minority of senators who voted against it, because it did not include language defunding the president’s deferred action on deportations.

Murkowski skeptical of Forest Service’s Tongass plan

Murkowski skeptical of Forest Service’s Tongass planThe Forest Service chief says he’s planning sales of 70 million board feet a year for the next two years, but Murkowski is skeptical.

Fiber optic cable proposed for Upper Lynn Canal

Alaska Power and Telephone is proposing laying a submarine fiber optic cable from Juneau to Haines and Skagway.

Lowly no more, chum salmon center stage in allocation dispute

Lowly no more, chum salmon center stage in allocation disputeSoutheast trollers want to see an increase in their share of hatchery-produced chum salmon.

Budget deficit forces tribal administrator out in Petersburg

The newly hired tribal administrator at the Petersburg Indian Association is leaving that job on Friday after finding the tribal government cannot afford her position.

Early education programs on chopping block

Pre-kindergarten grants, Parents as Teachers, Best Beginnings — all of these early learning programs were zeroed out in the budget recommendations offered by a House education subcommittee on Tuesday night.

New marijuana bill would require sellers to be residents

New marijuana bill would require sellers to be residentsThey would have to be an Alaska resident for at least one year before they can apply, and would need to go through fingerprinting and background checks.