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Governor, AFN say new adoption rules a step toward stronger ties

By Alex DeMarban, ADN JUNEAU – The Walker administration won praise Thursday for issuing new regulations designed to ease requirements for relatives and tribal members seeking to adopt Alaska Native foster children, even as the attorney general refused to request a rehearing in a related Alaska Supreme Court case, a move sought by several Native […]

Walker’s promised veto on gas line bill reflects philosophical, political divide

By Dermot Cole, ADN FAIRBANKS — Gov. Bill Walker faces a Saturday deadline to act on his pledge to veto a gas line bill hurriedly approved by the Alaska Legislature to allow for an override vote before the session ends, a divide that stems from a deep disagreement about how best to deal with the […]

Question in Juneau: Combine Medicaid expansion with reforms, or reforms alone?

By Nathaniel Herz, ADN JUNEAU — Telemedicine. Managed care. Provider taxes. Trying to understand the four Medicaid bills working their way through the Alaska Legislature? Good luck, unless you have a graduate degree in public health. Read More:

Marshals make 14 Anchorage arrests in violent-crime sweep

By Chris Klint, Channel 2 News ANCHORAGE – U.S. Marshals in Anchorage have arrested more than a dozen fugitives in connection with violent crimes, as part of a six-week nationwide sweep aimed at making the nation’s streets safer. Anchorage warrant arrests during Operation Violence Reduction 7, which netted more than 7,100 suspects across the U.S., […]

Citing public safety, Fish and Game says Govt Hill black bears will be killed

Channel 2 staff Fish and Game officials say they have no choice but to kill as many as five black bears that have been wandering and eating trash in the Government Hill neighborhood of Anchorage. Speaking at a neighborhood meeting Thursday night, regional wildlife biologist Dave Saafeld said relocation isn’t an option. Read More:

Legislators push federal funds to Knik Arm Crossing

By Austin Baird | JUNEAU – Legislative leaders are attempting to steer federal highway funds toward the Knik Arm Crossing. A modified version of the capital budget unveiled Thursday afternoon during a House Finance Committee hearing included $45.3 million for the controversial bridge project, which would add a second connection between Anchorage and the Mat-Su […]

Editorial: Short-term cuts may cause long-term damage

Alaska Journal of Commerce editorial By Andrew Jensen, managine editor ANCHORAGE – In what are well-intentioned efforts to do everything possible to narrow a $4-billion budget gap, the appropriators in the Alaska Legislature may end up doing more harm than good. Read More:

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