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Alaska gay marriage 'in a matter of weeks'

Lawyers representing five Alaska same-sex couples have something powerful in their corner: A days-old 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that they say ties the hands of the judge hearing the suit brought against the state of Alaska.
Supporters: Only a matter of time for same-sex marriage in Alaska

A federal judge in Alaska said Friday he will consider a case seeking to overturn the nation's first gay marriage ban.
State | Local
Legal pot would pose challenge for city

If Alaska's voters say "yes" to the legalization of marijuana on Nov. 4, communities would still have the right to ban pot shops.
In Alaska village, banishment helps keep peace

ANCHORAGE - Without a jail or even armed law enforcement, the isolated Alaska village where two state troopers were shot and killed is turning to a traditional form of justice: banishment.
Legislative News in Brief

Bill package supports military families Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, introduced the final piece in a package of legislation Friday aimed at helping military families in Alaska.
State | AK legislature
House committee advances officer firearm bill

JUNEAU - A bill that would give village public safety officers the option of carrying firearms was quickly moved out of committee on Tuesday, even though several state troopers were in line to testify.
State | AK legislature
Court rules same-sex couples have equal tax rights

...he said. "Your tax bill should not turn on who you happen to love."A brief statement released by the Alaska Department of Law said the state was still reviewing the opinion. "Because of the potential implications of this case, it will...
VPSO firearms bill moves in House

...Dillingham, Kotzebue and Nome has remained steady over the last two years, according to figures provided by the Alaska Department of Law.In 2013, those courts saw 1,102 felony cases as opposed to 1,166 cases in 2012. The same courts handled...
State | AK legislature
Providence cuts nighttime sexual assault exams

...wrong one, said John Skidmore, who oversees prosecutors in the state as director of the criminal division of Alaska Department of Law."Jeez, you're raped in the middle of the night," he said. Well, sorry, we don't have anyone available...
Judge rejects Alaska's challenge to roadless rule in Tongass

...not more federal regulations," he said.A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell, Sharon Leighow, said the Alaska Department of Law was reviewing the decision. "We're looking at our options," said Assistant Attorney General Thomas Lenhart...


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