By James Brooks Alaska Beacon
Alaska House votes more funding to fix food-stamp crisis, prevent budget trouble
The Alaska House of Representatives voted 38-1 on Wednesday to approve a fast-moving budget bill that spends as much as $365 million to cover a shortfall in state revenue caused by lower-than-expected oil...
Alaska legislators are again on track to ignore the 90-day session law imposed by voters
Leading Alaska state legislators said this week that they intend to wrap up the 2023 legislative session in mid-May, closer to the Alaska Constitution’s 121-day limit than the 90-day limit approved by voters...
Jury convicts former Libertarian Alaska state Senate candidate of murder
A Palmer jury on Monday convicted former Libertarian state Senate candidate of second-degree murder and other crimes associated with a fatal shooting one month before the 2020 general election.Gavin Christiansen murdered 35-year-old Devin...
Alaska courts consider rules for permanently streaming many hearings online
The Alaska Court System is planning to continue video streaming many court hearings online despite the end of the COVID-19 emergency that prompted the first broadcasts.The court system is taking public testimony on...
Walgreens declines to sell abortion-inducing pill in Alaska after attorney general’s letter
Following criticism from Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor, the pharmacy chain Walgreens will not seek to sell the abortion-inducing drug mifepristone in Alaska, the company said last week.Though abortion is legal in Alaska,...
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. takes multimillion-dollar stake in grocery chain Three Bears
A multimillion-dollar share of the Alaska grocery store chain Three Bears is one of the latest additions to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s $200 million in-state investment program.The program, ordered by the board...
Alaska legislators on guard after multiple COVID cases are confirmed in the Capitol
The COVID-19 pandemic emergency may have officially ended, but the coronavirus is still having an effect on the Alaska Capitol.On Friday, the leaders of the Alaska Senate Finance Committee announced they will institute...
House committee advances pension bill intended to benefit Alaska police, firefighters
The Alaska House Committee on Community and Regional Affairs has approved a bill that would create a state pension program for police and firefighters.The committee voted 4-2 on Thursday morning to advance the...