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Strike by Alaska ferry workers snarls travel plans

Jul. 26, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first strike by Alaska ferry workers in over 40 years has snarled travel plans for thousands of people during the busy tourist and fishing season, leaving some stranded and catching the attention of a Democratic presidential candidate. Members of the Inlandboatmen's Union of the...

Alaska Native activist alleges assault by Wasilla mayor

Jul. 11, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native activist said Thursday that she was assaulted by the mayor of a small town as protesters took over a seating area intended for lawmakers during a contentious session of the Alaska Legislature that's gathering in two cities. Haliehana Stepetin filed a citizen's...

Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote...

The Latest: Alaska legislature could take up override again

Jul. 10, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature's attempt to override the governor's budget vetoes (all times local): 5 p.m. Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says the Alaska Legislature could take up a vote to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes again on Thursday. Edgmon spoke...

Alaska legislators brace for showdown over governor's vetoes

Jul. 9, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The message on the front page of Alaska's second-largest newspaper was unmistakable. A nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) headline, outlined in red, in Monday's edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner contained a single word: OVERRIDE. It appeared over a full-page editorial calling for...

Divided Alaska Legislature convenes session in 2 cities

Jul. 8, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session. The Alaska state Senate kicked off its second special session in Juneau on Monday and promptly removed its majority leader, who was 600 miles (965 kilometers) away...

The Latest: Alaska State Senate ousts majority leader

Jul. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature preparing for a second special session (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The Alaska State Senate kicked off it second special session in Juneau with a shake-up of leadership. In a session that lasted less than a half hour Monday, the Senate removed...

New special session venue has some Alaska lawmakers wary

Jun. 20, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — When Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called for the Legislature's next special session to be held in Wasilla, some agreed with him that a change of venue would be good for lawmakers struggling to finish their work after a drawn-out five months at the state capital. Others called it a means...