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Lawsuit challenges expensive state lease for Anchorage legislative building

By Lisa Demer, ADN ANCHORAGE –  An Anchorage lawyer whose building adjoins the rebuilt state legislative building downtown on Tuesday sued the state, contending that the lease for what he calls a newly constructed Legislative Information Office is illegal, too expensive and should be declared “null and void.” Read More:

Interior Secretary Jewell affirms 2008 Chukchi lease sale

By Yereth Rosen, ADN ANCHORAGE – U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday validated the 2008 sale of oil and gas leases in the Chukchi Sea, a decision that brings Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to winning approval of drilling in those remote Arctic waters. Read More:

Democrats propose oil tax change to close deficit

By Pat Forgey, ADN JUNEAU — Two legislators are making this session’s first attempt to make a big dent in Alaska’s $3.5 billion budget deficit following last week’s news that budget cuts alone would not solve the state’s financial problems. Read More:

Review calls for change in management of Anchorage school facilities

By Tegan Hanlon, ADN ANCHORAGE – A newly released review of the Anchorage School District’s facilities operations highlights numerous deficiencies in how the district estimates the costs of capital projects, how it secures funding for those projects and how it manages them. Read More:

Demboski, Coffey spar over ‘vote buying’ charge

By Devin Kelly, ADN ANCHORAGE – A campaign mailer in which Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski accuses rival Dan Coffey of buying Anchorage Assembly votes has led to a counter-move from Coffey — a robocall accusing Demboski of slander. The mailer, sent out recently by Demboski’s campaign, lists positive bullet points on Demboski and goes […]

Search near Juneau glacier suspended after voice calls for help

By Chris Klint, Channel 2 News ANCHORAGE – An air and ground search prompted by cries for help near Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier Monday afternoon has been suspended, after hikers and searchers heard the calls but were unable to locate their source. Alaska State Troopers were informed by the glacier’s visitors center at about 2:30 p.m. […]

House State Affairs Committee advances bill to end backlog of rape kits

By Matt Buxton, News-Miner JUNEAU — Alaska legislators have advanced a bill aimed at ending a two-year backlog of unprocessed rape kits in the state’s forensics lab. Read More:

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