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Chief Justice stresses need for rural presence

Chief Justice stresses need for rural presence Chief Justice Dana Fabe made the case for preserving the judicial branch’s funding in her annual speech to the Legislature on Wednesday.

Bill would boost Native-language immersion schools

Bill would boost Native-language immersion schoolsNew legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska.

Rep. Drummond says “death with dignity” not same as suicide

Rep. Drummond says “death with dignity” not same as suicideA bill introduced in the Alaska Legislature this week opens debate on "death with dignity" in the state. The legislation would allow terminally ill residents to request a lethal prescription to end their life.

Lawmakers consider repeal of some credits and subsidies

Lawmakers consider repeal of some credits and subsidiesEvery year, the state of Alaska forgoes roughly a billion dollars because of tax credits, subsidies, and fee exemptions.

In a social media fracas, Walker withdraws appointee

In a social media fracas, Walker withdraws appointeeJeff Landfield’s nomination was withdrawn because of “disrespectful” and “misogynistic” images posted to his social media account.

As Alaska warms, climate change an awkward subject for lawmakers

As Alaska warms, climate change an awkward subject for lawmakersEven though Alaska figures in discussion of climate change nationally, it’s rarely a major topic of conversation in Juneau.

As capital budget work begins, a call for lower expectations

As capital budget work begins, a call for lower expectationsAs the Legislature digs into the capital budget, a leader of the Senate’s finance committee is advising that discretionary spending will be kept to a minimum.

Health Department says Medicaid expansion can save state money

Health Department says Medicaid expansion can save state moneyHealth Commissioner Valerie Davidson unveiled two new reports Friday at a press conference in Anchorage she hopes will help make the case for Medicaid expansion.

Walker’s new budget cuts 300 state jobs

Walker’s new budget cuts 300 state jobsSuspense around Gov. Bill Walker’s budget started building on Wednesday.

Before releasing budget details, Walker warns of layoffs

Before releasing budget details, Walker warns of layoffsBudget director Pat Pitney previewed some of Gov. Bill Walker's proposed cuts before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.