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Anchorage makes plans to use 2013 budget surplus

By  Sean Doogan, Alaska Dispatch ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage Assembly began reviewing budget revisions for 2013 during a work session at Anchorage City Hall on Wednesday. Municipal finance officer Lucinda Mahoney broke down the numbers, detailing a total of about $15 million in savings and increased revenue from last year. The money includes $4.6 million […]

Anchorage physician charged with more than $300,000 in Medicaid fraud

By Laurel Andrews, Alaska Dispatch ANCHORAGE – An Anchorage physician has been charged with more than $330,000 in fraudulent Medicaid practices, with more fraud expected to surface after a full audit of his clinic, according to charging documents released by the Alaska Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday. Dr. Shubharanja Ghosh and office manager Nathaniel Carter […]

‘I’m sorry’ bill related to medical malpractice cases passes

The Associated Press JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill that would make expressions of apology or compassion inadmissible as evidence in medical malpractice cases. Read More:

Alaska pot supporters make deal with opponents

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE – The group behind a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska said Wednesday it would gladly contribute funds to their opponents – if they prove pot is more dangerous than alcohol. The challenge was made by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and involves both […]

Parnell handles range of questions in online town hall

The Associated Press JUNEAU – Gov. Sean Parnell says repealing the state’s oil tax structure would “kill” oil production. During an online town hall Wednesday evening, he also said he personally opposes the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and will sign into law a bill further defining medically necessary abortions as a way to […]

Editorial: Keep the court records open; Senate Bill 108 would seal files, harming public knowledge of official actions

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial FAIRBANKS – Three of the Fairbanks region’s state senators voted for more secrecy in government late last month. Let’s hope their colleagues in the House don’t follow them. Read More:

Alaska lawmakers outline concerns for gas negotiations

The Associated Press JUNEAU – House Resources Committee members have signed onto a letter, outlining issues they want Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration to keep in mind in negotiating gas project contracts. Read More:

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