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Legislative analyst offers gloomy budget outlook

Legislative analyst offers gloomy budget outlookA standing-room-only crowd gathered to watch a special budget presentation that had been discussed in murmurs for weeks.

Alaska Senate votes to sunset school bond payment program

Alaska Senate votes to sunset school bond payment programThe Alaska Senate has passed a bill that would stop state reimbursement of new school bonds, including ones that are currently being considered in Anchorage.

Senate bill keeps marijuana as a controlled substance

Senate bill keeps marijuana as a controlled substanceA bloc of Democrats opposed the move. Sen. Bill Wielechowski argued that it was contrary to the intent of the initiative.

Rep. Young co-sponsors pot bill to let states decide

Rep. Young co-sponsors pot bill to let states decideThe bill would also allow VA doctors to recommend marijuana use to their patients and require the government to start issuing marijuana research licenses.

Bethel citizens urge council to stop liquor stores

Bethel citizens urge council to stop liquor storesMore than 40 people spoke for more than 31/2 hours at a public hearing, with many sharing personal stories about how alcohol has destroyed them or their families.

Bill to seize federal land in Alaska nears vote on state house floor

Bill to seize federal land in Alaska nears vote on state house floorHouse Speaker Mike Chenault introduced the bill after President Barack Obama announced his intention to permanently ban drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

26th anniversary of Exxon spill prompts anti-Shell protest at White House

26th anniversary of Exxon spill prompts anti-Shell protest at White HouseTheir message was less about Exxon and tanker safety than it was about Shell and its plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea.

Senate panel moves bill addressing school construction debt

The Senate Finance Committee moved a bill Monday that would stop state reimbursement for school bonds authorized between January 2015 and July 2020.

Tsunami test across coastal Alaska Wednesday morning

Tsunami test across coastal Alaska Wednesday morningWednesday morning, shortly after 10 o'clock, the state will be testing the tsunami warning system around coastal Alaska.

Senators question need for water, sewer construction dollars

Wasilla Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, asked Village Safe Water facilities program manager Bill Griffith what would happen if the state didn’t come up with the match.