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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.
Fish Factor: Salmon streams' future

Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska's salmon fisheries forever. On Aug. 21, the Department of Natural Resources will hear both sides on competing claims to water rights for salmon streams at Upper Cook Inlet's Chuitna River or for a proposed coal mine.
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.
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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House committee plans new draft of marijuana crime bill

JUNEAU - A new draft of the marijuana crime bill is expected in the House Judiciary Committee next week. The Senate in March passed a version of the bill drafted in the Senate Finance Committee that kept marijuana as a controlled substance in Alaska.
Huna Totem Corporation hires Joe Jacobson as vice president

Joe Jacobson, Former Director of the State of Alaska Division of Economic Development, will...ability to deliver for our shareholders."As the director of the State of Alaska Division of Economic Development since...
Marijuana board bill advances in Legislature

The Alaska House Finance committee has advanced a bill that calls for the creation of a board to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana products in Alaska.
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Alaska DV advocates headed to U.N.

Lauree Morton doesn't often go to New York, but when she does, it's to speak at the United Nations. The executive director of the state of Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault left Juneau for the Big Apple Monday to attend the U.N.


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