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Tribal leaders welcome Holder's voting access plan

...designated as permanent absentee voting areas, which is something allowed by regulation, according to Gail Fenumia, director of the state Division of Elections.In Montana, a voting rights lawsuit is pending from tribal members on the Crow, Northern...
House approves workers' comp changes

JUNEAU - A bill revamping how medical costs under the Alaska workers' compensation program are calculated passed the state House Wednesday.
Buccaneer struggles with offshore plans

Buccaneer Energy Ltd. is having its share of problems with its Cook Inlet offshore exploration. The company has pulled its Endeavour jack-up rig off a planned offshore exploration location in Cook Inlet because of delays in setting up for the well.
3 things to watch in Alaska: gas line, pay, oil

JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature starts its first full week of work of this session Monday, with lawmakers set to dig into details of plans to advance a natural gas pipeline project and salary increases for top officials.
Panel advances pay plan for top state officials

JUNEAU - The State Officers Compensation Commission on Wednesday advanced a proposal recommending pay raises for Alaska's governor, lieutenant governor and principal department heads.

NEW YORK (AP) - More small businesses than expected are signing up for health insurance on state exchanges that opened this month. The insurance markets began operating Oct. 1 under the health care law.
Administration says hiring freeze unnecessary

...dime'' important services to Alaskans, a Knowles administration spokeswoman said Tuesday. Annalee McConnell, director of the state's Office of Management and Budget, said a Republican resolution calling on the governor to enact a hiring freeze...
Environmental safeguards need to remain in place

The Escopeta Oil & Gas Company made headline news when it flouted federal law in its effort to bring a jack-up drilling rig to Cook Inlet. With recent news Escopeta's drill rig got "stuck" drilling for oil in Upper Cook Inlet, it's increasingly clear we're rolling the dice on worker safety and fisheries protection. Cook Inlet has witnessed responsible exploration in the past (for example, ConocoPhillips and Pioneer Natural Resources drilled responsibly on tracts off Anchor Point in the past decade).
Comments on spill rules run the gamut

Legislators were peppered with suggestions and criticisms of Alaska's state oil spill rules, but there was also praise from some for the state's standards.
Oil industry review under way

The state of Alaska is reviewing its rules on offshore and "ultra-extended reach" drilling and may impose new requirements for relief wells on certain wells.


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