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U.S. House to probe Pebble denial

The science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will probe the EPA's denial of a permit for the Pebble Mine in Southwest. In a letter sent Wednesday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Rep.
Only handful of US-trained Syrians fighting IS

WASHINGTON - No more than five U.S.-trained Syrian rebels are fighting the Islamic State, astoundingly short of the envisioned 5,000, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East told angry lawmakers on Wednesday.
Nation and World
Senators quiz chiefs, criticize IS fight

WASHINGTON - Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S.
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Budget deal in Senate's hands

Right before 1 a.m. Saturday morning, something remarkable happened. Republicans and Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives came together and voted on an operating budget for the fast-approaching new fiscal year, passing it 32 to 8.
State | AK legislature
Assembly members push back on DOT plans for Auke Bay

An Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities presentation on the Auke Bay Corridor project to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole Monday evening met with dissatisfaction from many Assemblymembers, as the department's plans for the speed limit through the area were questioned.
Senators hear from JEDC on Alaska FIRST

...very, very impressive to see how these kids deal with this equipment and how they understand it," said the chairman of the committee, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak.Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said after the meeting was adjourned that...
Playwright makes pitch for anti-suicide funding at the Capitol

A former Alaska state writer laureate made an appeal at the Alaska State Capitol Monday for a legislative appropriation to help pay for performances of the suicide prevention play she wrote.
Speaking of leadership

Alaska lawmakers have adjourned and gone home. But the lawmaking year won't end until July 1 when Gov. Frank Murkowski will have made his promised cut in state spending with line-item vetoes. Some observers said before the session that the Republican-led Legislature would rubberstamp what the Republican governor proposes. Not so. The governor didn't get his gasoline tax increase, his visitor fee, or his seasonal sales tax.
My turn: Playing fast, loose with rules

Legislators who play fast and loose with their rules are likely to do the same with your rights and resources. Reps. Mike Hawker, Kevin Meyer and Mike Chenault have played fast and loose with the governing rules of the Legislature.
Bayview opposes city's sewer plan

Bayview residents agree their neighborhood has a problem. But they disagree with the city on how to solve it.


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