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While diplomats have agreed on a plan to reduce tensions, the pro-Russia protesters who have seized government buildings say they aren't bound by that deal.
The death toll surpasses what had been the single deadliest day on the world's tallest mountain. Officials say all of those killed were Sherpa guides.
More than three days after the ferry capsized, nearly 270 of those who were on board remained missing. Most of them are high school students. Cranes will try to lift the ship, which is now submerged.
As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.
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The Alaska State House has voted in favor of Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to shore up the state’s pension system.
The bill uses $3 billion from the state’s reserve funds to help pay off the $12 billion unfunded liability. It also directs the Legislature to put $500 million into the retirement system every year, until the obligation is paid off.
Rep. Cathy Muñoz, a Juneau Republican, carried the bill for the governor.
“It’s like paying off a mortgage or a credit card,” said Muñoz. “Do we take a big bite now, and pay less later? Or do we take a small bite now, and pay more later?”
The bill passed Thursday night on a 38-2 vote, with Homer Republican Paul Seaton and Fairbanks Republican Pete Higgins opposing the measure.
While the vote was decisive, two amendments were attempted that showed a philosophical divide on how the state deals with its employee pensions
Seaton unsuccessfully offered an amendment dealing with the annual payments. The bill is written so there is some flexibility with how much the state actually has to put into the retirement trust fund every year, and Seaton wanted there to be no question that the state was obligated to pay the $500 million in full.
Anchorage Republican Charisse Millett went the other way. She proposed getting rid of the required annual payment altogether.
“I’m afraid to set expectations so high that when we get into more deficit spending, and we run out of general funds and run out of the [constitutional budget reserves] and we can’t make these large payments that we’ve made empty promise,” said Millett.
Millett ultimately withdrew her amendment and voted yes on the bill.
The bill now goes to the Senate, which is still considering taking its own approach to the unfunded liability.
A bill allowing parents to sue those responsible for unlawful or negligent actions that lead to an unborn child’s death has cleared the statehouse.
Dubbed “Jackson’s Law,” SB200 was sponsored by Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage.
Presuming Gov. Sean Parnell’s signature, the bill would make Alaska the 41st state allowing parents to file civil lawsuits for such actions.
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell signed into law Thursday a bill to legally define the term “medically necessary” in relation to abortion funding criteria.
Supporters say the bill is not related to the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate but is an issue about how abortions are funded under Medicaid.
“We are simply trying to define, using relevant, neutral legal and medical standards, when it is appropriate for the people of Alaska to pay for a truly medically necessary abortion,” said Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks and one of the bill’s primary sponsors.
BETHEL, Alaska — A woman from Western Alaska will be competing later this month for the title of Miss Indian World.
Megan Leary, a graduate of Bethel Regional High School, will compete in the Miss Indian World Cultural Pageant April 22-26 at the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque
JUNEAU — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan raised more money during the first quarter than he previously reported.
The summary of his filing with the Federal Election Commission showed he brought in $1.4 million between January and March. That includes about $1.3 million in contributions from individuals and political committees and more than $150,000 in transfers from committees authorized to raise money on his behalf.
The campaign previously announced Sullivan had raised over $1.3 million. He had about $2 million available.
JUNEAU — A bill revamping how medical costs under the Alaska workers’ compensation program are calculated passed the state House Wednesday.
Time is tight for House Bill 306 to make it through the state Senate before the Legislature’s required April 20 adjournment, however.
The legislation changes the method for paying medical fees of injured workers under the state program to one that is used in several other states.
ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage psychiatrist is accused of billing Medicaid more than $300,000 for services authorities said were never provided.
Shubhranjan Ghosh, 39, is charged by the state with medical assistance fraud, scheme to defraud and evidence tampering, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Ghosh is the founder and sole practitioner at Ghosh Psychiatric Services.
He was arrested Tuesday. His arrest comes after a string of unrelated charges connected to Medicaid in what the state calls a continuing crackdown on billing fraud.
JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature has confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell’s picks to lead the departments of Natural Resources, Revenue, Public Safety and Administration.
The only commissioner over which there was debate during a joint session of the Legislature Thursday was Joe Balash with the Department of Natural Resources.
The vote on Balash’s confirmation was 57-2. Democratic Reps. Scott Kawasaki and Chris Tuck were the lone members to vote against Balash’s confirmation.
JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature has confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointees to Alaska boards and commissions, including two controversial picks.
Bernard Washington was confirmed to the State Assessment Review Board on a 45-15 vote. Richard Rabinow was confirmed to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC, 43-17.
JUNEAU — One of the last major bills to come together in the Senate this session could be the education package.
Senate Finance Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer says members are trying to figure out what they want in their version of HB278. Meyer has charts in his office breaking down elements that have been proposed as part of the bill and issues that could be incorporated, such as a study on the per-pupil funding formula.
It’s almost time for the rush of family and friends from the Lower 48, and Alaska’s tourism industry leaders are expecting a good, but not great, 2014 visitor season.
John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, formerly the Alaska Cruise Association, said he is expecting 972,000 cruise visitors to the state this year, a slight decrease from the 999,600 cruisers in 2013. About 95 percent of those passengers stopped in Juneau.
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell said repealing the state’s oil tax system would “kill” oil production.
During an online town hall Wednesday evening, he also said he personally opposes the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. But he said if a ballot initiative on that issue passes this year, the state would implement the regulations needed for the measure.
Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich said he remembers driving through the Kenai Peninsula five years ago, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, and noticing the economy here was not in the best of shape.
In a return to the area, he shared some insight into his congressional activities, then fielded questions on his tax reform proposal, health care and the future of Alaska’s economy at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.
Three incumbent members of Alaska’s Board of Fisheries were unanimously confirmed after a Chugiak representative withdraw his objection to the two commercial fishers on the board.
Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, said he objected to the confirmation of Sue Jeffrey, board member from Kodiak, and John Jensen, of Petersburg, because he had heard that someone was going to object to the third appointee — sportfishing guide Reed Morisky of Fairbanks.
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