JUNEAU - The chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee said Wednesday that he will take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker's proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion. But Rep.
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JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker said Thursday that he intends to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska, regardless of whether he gets the blessing of state lawmakers to do so.
JUNEAU, Alaska - The state health department has hired a consultant to help recommend next steps as Gov. Bill Walker's administration plans to implement Medicaid expansion and looks to make further changes to the existing Medicaid program.
JUNEAU - Alaska's highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable.
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski brought in nearly $1.1 million toward her re-election bid in the latest quarter. A summary of her disclosure report, released by her campaign Wednesday, shows she had nearly $2.3 million available at the end of June.
JUNEAU - A barge that will be used to haul away tons of marine debris from Alaska shores - some of it likely from the 2011 tsunami in Japan - arrived at Kodiak on Wednesday.
JUNEAU - A massive cleanup effort is getting underway in Alaska, with tons of marine debris - some likely sent to sea by the 2011 tsunami in Japan - set to be airlifted from rocky beaches and taken by barge for recycling and disposal in the Pacific Northwest.Hundreds of heavy-duty bags of debris, collected in 2013 and 2014 and stockpiled at a storage site in Kodiak, also will be shipped out. The barge is scheduled to arrive in Kodiak by Thursday, before setting off on a roughly one-month venture.
JUNEAU - High workloads and inadequate staffing had a negative effect on access to care at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Wasilla, an inspector general's review found.
JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker's administration is allowing work to progress on three large-scale infrastructure projects, but he has not yet given a final blessing.
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