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Innovation required to deal with budget shortfall, Walker says

Innovation required to deal with budget shortfall, Walker saysSpeaking at JEDC's Innovation Summit, Walker says Alaska will need ingenuity - and possibly carrot beer - to deal with the state's budget deficit.

State to appeal education funding lawsuit ruling

State to appeal education funding lawsuit rulingThe judge ruled that municipalities should not be required to pay for public education because the required local contribution is essentially a tax earmarked for a special purpose.

AMHS to close ferry bar service this winter

AMHS to close ferry bar service this winterAMHS is closing bars on state ferries, a move that state Department of Transportation officials say will save about $750,000 a year.

With greater numbers, Democrats hope for more leverage over Medicaid expansion

With greater numbers, Democrats hope for more leverage over Medicaid expansionThe House Minority caucus grew from ten to 13, making support from at least some of their members necessary for any action that requires a three-fourths vote.

With new regents, Walker alters geographic makeup of university board

With new regents, Walker alters geographic makeup of university boardGov. Bill Walker has named four new members to the University of Alaska Board of Regents, changing its geographic composition.

State board closes two areas to commercial Dungeness crab fleet

State board closes two areas to commercial Dungeness crab fleetAlaska’s Board of Fish this month for the most part voted down proposed closures for commercial Dungeness crabbing around Southeast.

Alaska leaders call ANWR proposal a ‘war on Alaska’s future’

Alaska leaders call ANWR proposal a ‘war on Alaska’s future’President Obama is proposing the largest ever wilderness designation in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which would forever put the coastal plain off-limits to oil and gas development.

Joint session to address marijuana decriminalization as municipalities scramble to regulate

Joint session to address marijuana decriminalization as municipalities scramble to regulateRepublican Senator Lesil McGuire of Anchorage has introduced the first large-scale bill regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska.

Former Commissioner Marc Luiken appointed DOT chief

Former Commissioner Marc Luiken appointed DOT chiefThere’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries. Marc Luiken is the commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

Walker outlines plans for budget cuts

Walker outlines plans for budget cutsWith Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, Gov. Bill Walker is proposing 5 percent cuts to agency funding.