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White House: Medicaid expansion 'right decision'

...would act without their consent, the Legislative Council, acting on behalf of lawmakers, sued to stop expansion. A state judge on Friday refused to put a temporary halt to expansion, and lawmakers asked the Alaska Supreme Court to intervene...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-09-01/white-house-medicaid-expansion-right-de
State
Dog-loving lawmakers' bill addresses pet custody in divorces

...judges have issued joint-ownership in other states, particularly when the parties agree."In many, perhaps all, states, judges are struggling with this issue," Hessler said.Fairbanks residents Trista Crass and Elliot Wilson share custody...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/dog-loving-lawmakers-bill-addresses-pet
State
Dog-loving lawmakers address pet custody

...judges have issued joint-ownership in other states, particularly when the parties agree."In many, perhaps all, states, judges are struggling with this issue," Hessler said.Fairbanks residents Trista Crass and Elliot Wilson share custody...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-24/dog-loving-lawmakers-address-pet-custod
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down for Feb. 16, 2015

...page, and some people raised their eyebrows after he was nominated to the committee that handles complaints against state judges. "This is not something I hide," he said after pictures circulated the Capitol of him wearing a leopard-print...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-16/empire-editorial-thumbs-thumbs-down-f
Opinion
State will appeal school funding decision

...contributed by municipalities to schools - $229.5 million in fiscal year 2010 - would instead have to come from the state.Judge Carey did not entirely agree with the Ketchikan arguments; instead, he ruled that having a maximum allowable contribution...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-29/state-will-appeal-school-funding-decisi
State | AK legislature
Huge advances for gay marriage in an eventful year

...And in 17 consecutive court decisions, federal and state judges have upheld the right of gays to marry. Not a single...state became the 14th to allow same-sex marriages. A state judge, in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-06-27/huge-advances-gay-marriage-eventful-y
Not For Web
Palmer judge faces suspension

ANCHORAGE - A commission that oversees the conduct of state judges is recommending a 45-day suspension without pay for a Palmer judge.The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct has recommended...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-05-11/palmer-judge-faces-suspension
State
Newtown to release 911 calls from shooting

...witnesses to harassment and violate the rights of survivors who deserve special protection as victims of child abuse.A state judge dismissed those arguments last week and ordered the tapes be released Wednesday unless the state appealed."Release...

http://juneauempire.com/michael-melia/2013-12-05/newtown-release-911-calls-shoot
Report: Safety, justice systems in rural Alaska worst in U.S.

...Federation of Natives convention in October that he was considering a plan that would allow tribal courts, instead of state judges, to handle domestic violence cases and some alcohol-related crimes. Some at the convention criticized the announcement...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-29/report-safety-justice-systems-rural-ala
State
House moves PTSD sentencing bill

...during sentencings of combat veterans.House Bill 313, sponsored by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, would allow a state judge to take PTSD and traumatic brain injuries into account as a possibility of a reduced sentence. Sentencing reductions...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-21/house-moves-ptsd-sentencing-bill
State | AK legislature

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