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Appeals court halts gay marriages in Alaska

ANCHORAGE - The federal appeals court for the West on Wednesday issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska, just hours before most couples would be allowed to tie the knot.
AG to keep defending same-sex marriage ban

JUNEAU - Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty said he will continue to defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, even as federal courts around the country strike down similar bans.
State | AK legislature
Court rules same-sex couples have equal tax rights

ANCHORAGE - Same-sex couples in Alaska are equally entitled to the same state property-tax exemptions for senior citizens and disabled veterans as married couples, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Group takes next step to legalize marijuana

ANCHORAGE - A citizens' group hoping to make Alaska the third state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana took a step closer Wednesday, submitting more than 46,000 signatures to the state election office.
Pot petition has enough signatures to make ballot

ANCHORAGE - Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday. The petition has met all the thresholds necessary to appear on the Aug.
House Finance takes up abortion funding

JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee voted Tuesday to remove language from an abortion funding bill that called for the state to provide expanded women's health and family planning services.
State | AK legislature
3 things to watch for in the state Legislature

JUNEAU - Work at the Capitol has been moving at a swift pace, with nearly one-third of the 90-day session over. Here are three things to watch for this week: Budget The Senate Finance Committee is set to start digging into the capital budget.
Voter ID bill passes final House committee

JUNEAU - A bill that would require Alaska's voters to present photo identification at the polls has been moved out of its final committee of referral. HB3, by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, was advanced from the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Concerns raised over Parnell's crime bill

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell's crime bill is raising legal concerns.
Anchorage Assembly says it's heard enough feedback on labor

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly held four public hearings and listened to 20 hours of testimony on the mayor's proposed rewrite of city labor laws to curb the power of unions representing municipal employees and save money.


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