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Empire Editorial: Alaska's prison system is killing Alaskans

...cell was Murphy, dead.He is not alone. Since Gov. Bill Walker took office in December, 15 people have died in Alaska' a pair of special investigators appointed by Gov. Bill Walker. The investigators' report is damning. It finds comprehensive...
Second major oil company abandons Arctic exploration

...well was estimated to cost $7 billion, when preparatory work is included.In a statement Tuesday morning, Gov. Bill Walker said he was "disappointed in Statoil's decision to not pursue future offshore development in the Chukchi," and that...
Alaska governor says refugee vetting process 'stringent'

JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says refugees seeking to come to the U.S. must go through a "stringent" process.His office says Walker was among the governors...
Wary governors halt, question plan to accept Syrian refugees

...oil-dependent state is grappling with an estimated budget deficit of $3.5 billion amid low oil prices, and Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican turned independent, "has been focused on solving the state's fiscal challenges," spokeswoman Katie...
Nation and World
Report: Big problems in DOC

A four-month investigation has found significant problems within the Alaska Department of Corrections, and Gov. Bill Walker has accepted the resignation of the commissioner of corrections, he said Monday. (View the review in PDF format here...
Bethel asks governor to declare emergency after school fire

...Academy, KYUK-AM in Bethel reported.The city council has declared a local government disaster.Officials want Gov. Bill Walker to declare a state of emergency so that funds can be allocated for recovery. Walker said at the time of his visit to...
Empire Editorial: Closing schools will shut down communities Cuts must be made somewhere, even if Alaska adopts a sovereign wealth model such as the one proposed by Gov. Bill Walker this month. A cut across the board impacting all districts and all students regardless of race would be easier for...
My Turn: Juneau's economy is stable, but tied to state's fiscal crisis

...being recommended by the Permanent Fund Board of Trustees as a way to make the Permanent Fund more manageable. Gov. Bill Walker presented one take on such an endowment plan while former Gov. Frank Murkowski advocates a slightly different plan...
Corporation to review consultant contract as end date nears

...skills might be used going forward or if his services are still needed, AGDC spokesman Miles Baker said.Who Gov. Bill Walker may want leading the state team negotiating terms for the project is a bigger question that may affect the role that...
My Turn: Recent appointment of Loretta Bullard

Gov. Bill Walker made an appointment a few weeks ago that has received little attention but that produced great benefit to the state and its people...


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