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Parnell says 'no' to an Alaska-run health insurance exchange

Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday that Alaska will not develop its own health insurance exchange, but will instead rely on the federal government to do that.
Alaska nurses join effort to end mandatory overtime

Nurses in Alaska are joining a movement in states across the nation to limit forced overtime at hospitals, a practice they contend is dangerous for both them and their patients.
Gov. Frank Murkowski names Jackson health commissioner

Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday named Deputy Health Commissioner Karleen Jackson as Commissioner Joel Gilbertson's successor when he leaves office in October.
Six candidates vie for Taylor's Senate seat1

Senate hopefuls are lining up to fill the seat to be vacated next week by veteran Southeast Alaska lawmaker Robin Taylor. Taylor, a Wrangell Republican, announced in August his plans to leave the Legislature for a new job as a special assistant to Department of Transportation Southeast Region Director Gary Paxton.
Weyhrauch bill would clarify end-of-life wishes

For many, death can be a difficult and taboo subject. But health care professionals say avoiding the topic can leave physicians, family members and loved ones with little direction when making health care decisions for patients who are terminally ill and unable to make decisions for themselves.
Fight expected over hike in school funds

Alaska lawmakers are certain education funding will increase next year, but they will have to fight over a desired amount.
Senate GOP announces committee leaders

The state Senate majority announced committee leadership assignments Wednesday, picking Mat-Su Sen. Lyda Green and Fairbanks Sen. Gary Wilken to co-chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Wilken will oversee the capital budget and the flow of legislation through the committee, and Green will coordinate the state's operating budget.
Governor set to push anti-marijuana legislation again

...for personal use, but the bill could make possessing any amount of marijuana illegal. The Senate Health, Education and Social Services Committee heard from experts last session on both sides of the issue - some arguing marijuana is a threat to...
Study: Many inmates not treated for substance abuse before prison

Many criminals needed treatment for alcohol or drug abuse but didn't get it before they landed in prison, a new study suggests.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

``There are schools who are not able to organize because we're up against the limits,'' Dyson said. ``If we don't get this bill through, we'll have, I think, three or four charter schools that won't be able to start.''


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