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Senate agrees with House; passes bill vetoing 2.5 percent raise for state's nonunion employees

...Democrats and Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, voted against the bill. Bishop, a former Department of Labor and Workforce Development commissioner, has been against the legislation from the start because it goes along with a renegotiation of unionized state...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/senate-agrees-house-passes-bill-vetoing
State | AK legislature
A festival of fowls and foraging

...Extension Program has been heavily involved in local activities like 4H for many years. Sarah Lewis, the UAF Family and Development Program head in Juneau, said they have recently seen a "gap" where people want to preserve food but lack the knowledge...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-04-19/festival-fowls-and-foraging
Neighbors
Governor vetoes bill limiting state entity in gas plan

...the state is currently pursuing with oil and gas companies, TransCanada Corp., and the state-sponsored Alaska Gasline Development Corp.The bill sought to restrict AGDC from planning or taking steps to develop an alternate export or liquefied natural...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/governor-vetoes-bill-limiting-state-ent
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Threats about Iran damages our nation's trustworthiness

...Agreement Review Act. The act will give Congress the power to review the final deal that's intended to ensure Iran's nuclear development is solely for peaceful purposes. Still, this compromise that's unlikely to satisfy Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-17/my-turn-threats-about-iran-damages-ou
Opinion
Gray whales' Pacific crossing leads to questions of origin

...campaigned against industrial activities such as oil and gas development off Sakhalin.Federal and international whale experts have...place that would otherwise be made more vulnerable by offshore development," she said.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-16/gray-whales-pacific-crossing-leads-ques
State
Jackson resigns from Planning Commission

...update the Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Program, as well as city projects. They review private and public development plans for compliance with adopted city plans like the Land Use Code. The commission also reviews variances and code interpretations...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-16/jackson-resigns-planning-commission
Local
Chenault: Erin's Law won't pass this session

...have their physicals paid for by the Department of Health and Social Services, not the Department of Education and Early Development. Gardner's bill, Senate Bill 31, had two hearings in the Senate Education committee, but the new version of her bill...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/chenault-erins-law-wont-pass-session
State | AK legislature
No answer for schools

...committee tasked with working out differences between the House and Senate budgets took up the Department of Education and Early Development budget Tuesday but didn't make a decision on the line item that cuts about $48 million from K-12 education.The Senate...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-15/no-answer-schools
State | AK legislature
House Finance advances Interior energy bill

...concerns for Interior Alaska.The bill, which Gov. Bill Walker considers a must-have, would allow the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to provide up to $275 million in financing for a gas project serving the Interior if the authority...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-15/house-finance-advances-interior-energy-
State
World Cup 3v3 soccer champions

...Cup 3v3 soccer tournament over the weekend.Spain took the Development Division with a 5-1 win over Belgium, Mexico the Pre-Competitive...Ireland won the Seniors with a 5-1 effort over Romania.DEVELOPMENT DIVISIONChampions: SPAIN - Kai Ciambor, Rocco Flora, Kaisa...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2015-04-16/world-cup-3v3-soccer-champions
Sports

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