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April Issue 2 2012

Senate committee advances voucher bill

The Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would give every adult recipient of an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend this fall a voucher to help address high energy costs.

April Issue 1 2012

Paskvan takes issue with Parnell tax approach

A co-chair of the Senate Resources Committee on Tuesday questioned Gov. Sean Parnell's plan to cut oil taxes and how that fits with Parnell's goal of boosting production to 1 million barrels a day.

April Issue 1 2012

Anchorage election returns show Sullivan ahead

Anchorage voters appear to have returned incumbent Mayor Dan Sullivan to office while rejecting a ballot initiative seeking equal legal protections for gay and transgender residents.

April Issue 1 2012

Alaska Gov. Parnell supports 'Stand Your Ground'

Gov. Sean Parnell supports a proposal that would expand Alaskans' right to use deadly force as a means of self-defense —despite concerns raised in the past by members of his administration.

Speaker: Oil tax bill unlikely to pass by April 15 April Issue 1 2012

Speaker: Oil tax bill unlikely to pass by April 15

House Speaker Mike Chenault on Monday said it's "very unlikely" an oil tax bill will pass before the legislative session's scheduled adjournment.

Top BIA official resigns to take LDS Church post April Issue 1 2012

Top BIA official resigns to take LDS Church post

The top official for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is resigning to accept a full-time leadership position with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ending three years with the department that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says "opened a new chapter" in U.S. relationships with American Indian tribes.

April Issue 1 2012

Senate works on oil taxes, but clock may run out

The state Senate is continuing its detailed review of state oil and gas taxes, but there are growing worries the clock will run out before any revision of the oil tax can be agreed upon.

Mumbai, Miami on list for big weather disasters April Issue 1 2012

Mumbai, Miami on list for big weather disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a report issued March 28.

April Issue 1 2012

Desperate stories surround Alaska voucher plan

JUNEAU (AP) — A man living in Nunapitchuk was so sick of people stealing his heating oil, he put a bear trap next to his tank. The Hooper Bay city administrator says people have sawed off wood from unused, vacant public buildings to heat their homes. In Kotlik, a tribal council worker says nearly all community households are seeking low-income energy or emergency assistance.