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Gay marriage: Alaska, Arizona couples win fight

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - After a short hiatus, gay marriage once again became legal in the state of Alaska when the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to intervene.
Spokesman: 5 immigrant children sent to Alaska 30,000 minors who have crossed the border illegally with sponsors nationwide.Sharon Leighow is a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell. She said a Parnell aide spoke with Susan Johnson, the department's regional director. Leighow said...
Senator proposes striking same-sex marriage ban

JUNEAU - The minority leader of the Alaska Senate on Monday proposed to strike the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state, calling it a matter of conscience. Sen.
Disaster funds split unresolved

...Commissioner Kevin Brooks said Fish and Game was not actively pursuing the role, and Sharon Leighow, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell said it was too early to say whether the Governor's Office or Department of Commerce, Community and Economic...
Supreme Court affirms pipeline value decision

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday handed Alaska municipalities a victory in a dispute over the value of the trans-Alaska pipeline, affirming that the structure for 2006 should have been valued at nearly $10 billion, not the $850 million claimed by pipeline owners.The justices backed a Superior Court ruling that based the value of the pipeline on replacement costs, not fees paid to the owners for use of the pipeline.
Bill to bar enforcement of new gun laws passes

...the bill could be voted on again. The measure must still be considered by the Senate.Sharon Leighow, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell, said in an email Monday the administration is still reviewing the bill, but Parnell strongly supports...
Senate unveils oil tax plan

JUNEAU -- The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday released an oil tax plan that scraps progressivity as we know it. Instead of a progressive surcharge triggered when a company's production tax value hits $30 a barrel, the Senate proposal calls for a progressive severance tax that would be levied on gross production after royalties, and levied solely on oil, thereby decoupling oil and gas for tax purposes and addressing the current dilution effect on revenues when oil prices are high relative to gas.
Lawmakers weigh savings

JUNEAU - One of the big issues facing lawmakers this session will be how much to spend on immediate wants and needs and how much to save for the future. This isn't a new debate. In recent years, majorities in the House and Senate, as well as the governor, have each taken credit for socking away money while still passing robust spending plans. For some lawmakers, however, attempts at fiscal prudence haven't gone far enough.
Palin allies step down: Bailey, Perry pursue other opportunities

Two close allies of former Gov. Sarah Palin are leaving state employment.


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