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State budget cuts threaten local jails

State budget cuts threaten local jailsSitka is one of several local departments who say the cuts are so deep, it could force their jail to close.

Republican lawmakers express doubts on Medicaid expansion

Republican lawmakers express doubts on Medicaid expansionHouse Republicans expressed skepticism over Governor Bill Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid in a hearing Monday morning.

“Justice Not Politics Alaska” fighting changes to Alaska’s judge selection process

“Justice Not Politics Alaska” fighting changes to Alaska’s judge selection processA statewide group is fighting a proposed change in Alaska’s judge selection process pushed by a Fairbanks Senator.

In rare appearance before legislature, Walker announces plans for Point Thomson lawsuit

In rare appearance before legislature, Walker announces plans for Point Thomson lawsuitThe last time a sitting governor spoke directly before a committee was in 2007, when Sarah Palin testified on an ethics bill.

Haines Police faces serious shortfall in state budget

Haines Police faces serious shortfall in state budgetThe Haines Borough Police Department and dispatch services could face a dramatic funding loss under Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget.

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In a social media fracas, Walker withdraws appointeeJeff Landfield’s nomination was withdrawn because of “disrespectful” and “misogynistic” images posted to his social media account.