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Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute gets new director

...Riutta, who served as interim director following the resignation of Michael Cerne in July. Cerne had served as the director of the state-backed marketing agency since January 2013.ASMI will receive $24.8 million in state funding this fiscal...
State | Outdoors
Authorities: Vegas cryotherapy spa had no license

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas spa where an employee was found frozen and dead inside a liquid nitrogen chamber used for cryotherapy treatments wasn't licensed by the state to perform cosmetic or other procedures, authorities said Tuesday.
Nation and World
Oil prices continue to widen state's fiscal problem

There's no good news for Alaska from the oil markets. The state's gap between revenue and expenses continues to deepen as the price of oil remains low, according to a new analysis released Tuesday by Fitch Ratings, a national firm.
Fiscal forum invites Juneau to have its say on budget

If you've ever said that you could do a better job in your sleep than the Alaska Legislature does, a handful of Juneauites have an event for you. You'll just have to stay awake for it.
Fish Factor: Salmon streams' future

...It's a very, very low number of other species caught. It's almost not measurable," said Jeff Regnart, director of the state's Commercial Fisheries Division. Regnart called bringing fish allocation issues to the ballot box "bad public...
Officials announce health fraud crackdown in Alaska

More than three dozen people in Alaska are charged with fraud in a crackdown on health care and social services, federal and state officials announced Thursday.
Falling oil gouges state budget deeper

On Monday, as the price of West Texas crude oil dipped below $39 per barrel for the first time in six years, state revenue commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Alaska House Finance Committee that the decline is exacerbating the state's budget problems.
Alaska Editorial: Walker pulls the rug from under explorers

...journalism.Our original cover story for the recent Oil & Gas Reporter was a profile of Corri Feige, the new director of the state Oil and Gas Division, and her effort to put the welcome mat out for new explorers coming to Alaska.After Gov...
Alaska is beating drunk driving

...the Alaska Legislature to reduce Alaska's legal drunk-driving limit to its current level and later worked as director of the state highway safety office."What the studies indicate is that it's both education and enforcement," she said...
Deadly balcony collapse tied to rotted beams

...building is issued a certificate of occupancy, unless there is major remodeling, said Brian Ferguson, deputy director of the state Department of General Services.Although Florida has some balcony inspection requirements, most places don't...
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