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For Walker, Parnell's budget a placeholder

Gov. Bill Walker will submit his predecessor's recommended budget to the Legislature, but only as a placeholder. On Friday, Alaska's newest governor released former Gov.
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Report: Alaska pays $1M to settle abuse lawsuit

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by man who claims he was placed into the adoptive care of an abusive couple.
Coastal Management ballot measure gets a foe

A new organization has formed to challenge the Coastal Management ballot measure, and make sure the Alaska Sea Party efforts get challenged before voters decide the issue in August.
House GOP independent on oil tax, budget

House Republicans indicated in a House majority caucus press conference Friday morning that they may make changes to the oil tax reform proposal and fiscal year 2014 budget submitted by Republican Gov.
City will support road to Skagway

The city of Juneau will support a road north toward Skagway when it submits comments at the state's deadline this week, city officials say.
My Turn: Why governor trimmed some federal funds

Bringing certainty to the state's future finances is a top priority for the Murkowski administration. When we proposed our budget in March, we advised the Legislature and Alaskans of two goals: spend less and reduce the state's reliance on its savings to prop up spending. The latter was extremely important because if we continued "business as usual," our savings would run out in two years. Alaska then would face a $1 billion shortfall - nearly 40 percent of the state's budget.
What Cheney fears

This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Vice President Dick Cheney is hiding something - and it's not the cost of his electric bills. It's bad enough that the man who told Americans, "If you want to leave all the lights on in your house, you can - but you will pay for it" has gotten the Navy to foot the electric bills for his mansion at the Washington Naval Observatory rather than pay them out of his own official budget. But Cheney's high-profile clumsiness shouldn't disguise a far more significant misstep.
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Downtown health club Fitness Essentials is hosting two free programs starting next month for diabetics and those battling cancer.
EPA: Debris created risk of asbestos exposure

Crumbling asbestos fibers from debris piled at Front and Seward streets have posed a health hazard downtown and elsewhere in Juneau since the 108-year-old building at the corner was torn down last weekend.
New DNR directors announced

...has announced two new appointments in the Department of Natural Resources. Tom Crafford has been appointed as director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting. Ben Ellis will be the new director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. "Both...
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