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IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. And that’s not all.

By Gail Sullivan, Washington Post WASHINGTON – So, where do you work? That’s a question Internal Revenue Service employees must dread. Besides the fact that nobody like paying taxes, the agency’s reputation has suffered in the past year because of accusations that it subjected applications for tax exempt status from tea party groups to greater […]

‘Erin’s Law’ creator blames House Finance for holdup

By Chris Klint, Channel 2 News ANCHORAGE – A woman backing a high-profile state bill requiring schools to educate children about avoiding sexual abuse has blamed its apparent failure to pass the Legislature this year on a House committee. Read More:

JBER Soldier Faces Hearing in Killings of Iraqi Boys

The Associated Press JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago is due in military court. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera has been charged with premeditated murder and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted. He is set […]

Officials: Natural gas infrastructure work to begin this year

By Jeff Richardson, News-Miner FAIRBANKS – The first stages of a Fairbanks-area natural gas expansion will start this summer, with work beginning to connect more than 100 miles of underground pipes to local homes and businesses. Read More:

Rescue copter blows deflating raft ashore

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — The Air Force, Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers have worked together to rescue a man who found himself on a deflating raft in Cook Inlet near Anchorage. The Coast Guard got a request for help Tuesday evening from troopers who reported the man was in trouble. That agency launched […]

Legislative negotiators still seeking education resolution

By Becky Bohrer, Associated Press JUNEAU — House and Senate negotiators worked toward resolution Tuesday on an education package that sent the legislative session into overtime, nibbling away at points of possible agreement. While some lawmakers are eager to wrap things up, a key lawmaker said the process would not be rushed. Read More:

Court hears oral argument in setnet ban initiative appeal

By Molly Dischner, Alaska Journal of Commerce ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance and the State of Alaska each made a case to an Anchorage Superior Court judge today about why — or why not — a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetters should be allowed to move forward. Read More:

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