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Report details rural health care

...alcohol and substance use. It also says there is a need to improve information and data sharing.Kerre Shelton, director of the state Division of Public Health, said the report will be used as a baseline for improving the system."This report...
Officials target mid-2015 for workers' comp changes

A new method of paying medical fees for injured workers under the state workers' compensation program won't be in place until mid-2015, and it will take more time for insurance companies to judge any effects on lowering costs so that adjustments can be made in premiums paid by employers.That's the word from state officials in charge of implementing House Bill 316, a bill passed by the Legislature in April changing the way medical care is paid for under workers' compensation.
Humpbacks' endangered species status questioned

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska has filed a petition to remove some North Pacific humpback whales from protections granted under the federal Endangered Species Act, saying the whales are thriving and no longer need them.
Division wants spill-prevention fund

JUNEAU - An account used for the cleanup of contaminated sites, non-emergency spill response and other activities soon will not have enough money to keep up with costs, the director of the state's Division of Spill Prevention and Response told lawmakers Thursday.Kristin Ryan told a House subcommittee the shortfall in the prevention account is projected to happen in fiscal year 2016, and the account will likely need an appropriation from the general fund.
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Senate panel advances bill rejecting pay increase

JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday advanced a bill that would reject recommended pay increases for top state officials. Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said he supported the recommendations of the State Officers Compensation Commission.
3 things to watch in the Legislature

JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature starts its first full week of work of the session Monday, with lawmakers set to dig into plans to advance a natural gas pipeline project and salary increases for top officials.
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Bill would reject pay raise for governor, others

JUNEAU - House Democratic lawmakers announced plans Friday to introduce legislation that would reject proposed pay raises for Alaska's governor and other top state officials. Reps.
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Panel proposes pay raises for top state officials

JUNEAU - The governor, lieutenant governor and other top officeholders in Alaska would receive pay raises under a proposal by the State Officers Compensation Commission.
Cost of Yukon River flooding about $70M

FAIRBANKS - The widespread Yukon River flooding last spring is expected to cost state and federal governments about $70 million in response and recovery efforts, according to an Alaska emergency management official.
House approves workers' compensation changes

JUNEAU - A bill revamping how medical costs under the Alaska workers' compensation program are calculated passed the state House Wednesday.
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