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Anti-Begich Ad in Voter Guide Prompts Bill to Ban Parties From Booklet

Anti-Begich Ad in Voter Guide Prompts Bill to Ban Parties From BookletRep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, wants to ban partisan ads in the guide, a booklet that’s mailed to every voting household.

Lobbyist: State budget shortfall will affect Juneau

Lobbyist: State budget shortfall will affect Juneau"If oil averages $85, the deficit for the state is about $3 billion," says Kevin Jardell, the City and Borough of Juneau's lobbyist for state issues.

Ferry Taku out of service for repairs Dec. 8-15

Ferry Taku out of service for repairs Dec. 8-15The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Taku will go into drydock for repairs the second week of December.

Supreme Court hears arguments from State of Alaska and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida

Supreme Court hears arguments from State of Alaska and Central Council of Tlingit and HaidaAlaska’s Supreme Court was in Ketchikan this week – all five members. They were here for Supreme Court Live, during which the court hears oral arguments for a real case.

Federal court rejects Alaska’s appeal

The state of Alaska has lost another attempt to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage, and Gov.-elect Bill Walker has changed his stance on the issue.

State spends $100K defending same-sex marriage lawsuit

The Alaska Dispatch News reports plaintiffs are seeking nearly $259,000 in legal fees from the state. If those fees are awarded, the cost to the state would total more than $360,000.

American Indian, Alaska Native children suffer high rates Of PTSD

American Indian and Alaska Native children see so much violence in their homes and communities that they suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at triple the rate of the general population, akin to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anchorage Assemblywoman: city should opt out of pot sales

The assemblywoman says the city shouldn't be a guinea pig for commercial marijuana in Alaska.

Employee complaints, tests flag air quality in state-leased office building

Employee complaints, tests flag air quality in state-leased office buildingUp to 160 employees work in the Bill Ray Center, where air quality tests show higher than normal levels of carbon dioxide associated with “headaches, sleepiness and stagnant, stale, stuffy air.”

Ferry system delays youth travel restrictions

Ferry system delays youth travel restrictionsThe Alaska Marine Highway System won’t ban solo travel by children and teen-agers, at least for now.