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Legislative GOP leadership sends out letter to Alaskans

As the Legislature continues wrangling over producing a fully funded budget, Republicans frustrated over Democrats’ demands to increase funding by dipping further into Alaska’s savings, have sent out a letter explaining their position. Jointly signed by Senate President Kevin Meyer and House Speaker Mike Chenault it explains the choices, and details how moving nearly $5 […]

House debates new budget bill, but enough bipartisan support unlikely

By Nathaniel Herz, Pat Forgey, ADN ANCHORAGE – After weeks of inaction, the state House of Representatives spent nearly all day Thursday in session at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building debating the new budget proposal from the Republican-led majority caucus. Read More:

House rejects efforts to cap oil tax credit payments at $500 million

By Dermot Cole, ADN ANCHORAGE – The Alaska House rejected Democratic efforts Thursday to cap state spending on oil company tax credits at $500 million, as majority members argued that deferring $200 million or more in cash payments for even a few months could harm small oil and gas companies that need the cash. Read […]

Anticipating state government shutdown, Alaska agencies order halt to hiring

By Pat Forgey, ADN JUNEAU — The state of Alaska is instituting a hiring freeze Friday across much of state government as a result of the Legislature’s inability to approve a fully funded budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Read More:

Federal official says continued low oil prices could threaten pipeline

By Alex DeMarban, ADN ANCHORAGE – The top official at the federal Energy Information Administration on Thursday said he’s concerned about the viability of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline if production drops too low, saying that oil prices rise might not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later. Read More:

Report: Deficient risk assessment led to Kulluk grounding

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE – A federal agency says the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC mobile offshore drilling rig in 2012 was due to the company’s inadequate assessment of risk involved in a winter tow across the treacherous Gulf of Alaska. Read More:

With shooting victim’s death, Anchorage hits 16 homicides in 2015

By Kyle Hopkins, KTUU ANCHORAGE — A 39-year-old man who was shot multiple times May 11 in Muldoon has died at a local hospital, police say. His death marks the 16th Anchorage homicide of the year in the highest annual body count in the city since at least 2010. Read More:

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