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Alaska health commissioner downplays block grant idea

Apr. 25, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — After Gov. Mike Dunleavy told President Donald Trump that Alaska was interested in receiving Medicaid dollars as a block grant, Dunleavy's health commissioner downplayed the prospect to lawmakers. During a confirmation hearing earlier this month, Adam Crum said there is no current...

Anchorage hires consultants to review Port of Alaska project

Apr. 25, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage officials have hired consultants to help determine the best path forward for the stalled modernization project of the Port of Alaska. The Anchorage Assembly's Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee approved a $45,000 contract last week for the project management firm...

Alaska tribes say state unwilling to consult on projects

Apr. 25, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska governor's administration has refused to consult with two Native tribes on proposed projects, the tribes have said. The Orutsararmiut Native Council and the Chilkat Indian Village said they have been blocked in their attempts to work with Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy and...

Wasilla woman seriously injured in SUV rollover crash

Apr. 25, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — A 42-year-old Wasilla woman was flown to a hospital with serious injuries following a one-car crash south of the city. Alaska State Troopers say Carissa Cloe shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday was driving west near Mile 7 Fairview Loop and lost control of her sport utility vehicle. The...

Dunleavy not planning marijuana board repeal this session

Apr. 24, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy does not plan to introduce legislation this session that would propose eliminating the board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry, a spokesman said Wednesday. Spokesman Matt Shuckerow said the decision was based on the time left in session and Dunleavy's...

Murkowski seeks comment extension on mine draft analysis

Apr. 24, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's senior U.S. senator has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to extend from 90 to 120 days the comment period on a draft environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. In a letter to the corps' Alaska commander, U.S. Sen. Lisa...

Alaska Legislature approves conflict of interest revisions

Apr. 24, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has voted to change conflict of interest rules passed last year that members complained limited them from interacting with constituents and being involved with legislation. The House on Wednesday passed a compromise recently passed by the Senate. The rewrite...

Man who left correctional farm spotted at Mat-Su lake cabin

Apr. 24, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who walked away two weeks ago from Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm was spotted at a lake cabin in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Alaska State Troopers say 59-year-old Brian Church was seen breaking into a cabin on Flat Lake west of Big Lake. A witness snapped Church's photo...

Anchorage woman pleads guilty to killing fiance in fire

Apr. 24, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 32-year-old Anchorage woman has pleaded guilty to killing her fiance in a 2012 arson fire. Anchorage television station KTVA reports Gina Virgilio was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday on murder and arson charges. The Department of Law says she instead pleaded guilty to...

Alaska native corporation settles lawsuit with whistleblower

Apr. 24, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native corporation has settled a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee who says the corporation abused a federal program, according to court documents. Details of the settlement between Afognak Native Corporation and Ben Ferris were not released, The Kodiak Daily Mirror...