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Gov. Bill Walker this week unveiled his wide-ranging plan to close Alaska’s budget deficit before an enthusiastic audience of business leaders, union officials, and Native corporation executives. But there was scant attendance from state legislators, who have the final power to approve Walker’s ideas, tweak them or kill them off.
In interviews Thursday, lawmakers and observers offered a range of opinions about the plan’s fate, with some saying it presented a good starting point and others saying the proposed budget cuts are just a fraction of those needed before Alaskans will accept the income tax and smaller Permanent Fund dividends that Walker is proposing.
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For the last seven years, a coffee stand inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center has served up espresso as both a fundraiser and skill builder.


For the last seven years, a coffee stand inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center has served up espresso to staff, inmates and visitors as both a fundraiser and skill builder.
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The Browns, who are depicted as living in the wilderness near Hoonah, called into the hearing from Seattle.
Two stars of the wildly popular reality show "Alaskan Bush People" pleaded guilty in Juneau court Wednesday to lying about their Alaska residencies on applications for the Permanent Fund dividend.
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 BREAKING: Gov. Bill Walker accepted the resignation of Alaska's corrections commissioner after a scathing report detailed widespread failures and dysfunction that may have led to deaths in Alaska jails. Former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan (pictured here) will become acting commissioner.

GOV. WALKER FIRES CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER: http://bit.ly/1PL0JiP
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For one surgery, a medical firm estimated the patient saved $200,000 by having it done in Arizona instead of Alaska.
"Medical tourism" is not your typical vacation: Alaska’s high cost of health care has residents flying out of state to save money on medical procedures.
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Erma Schoeppel was working in the store's floral department when the moose tried to come in. It was attracted to a lavish display of fall gourds in the front entry, Schoeppel said. 

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The Carrs in Wasilla. I haven't been in that one.. unless that's the original one just outside Palmer on the Wasilla Road. And that was 23 years ago: driving out to Texas.
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The downtown Anchorage brewpub is shutting its doors after almost 20 years in business. 
The downtown Anchorage brewpub is shutting its doors after almost 20 years in business. Owner Gary Klopfer said the restaurant’s last night will be Saturday, Dec. 26.
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The fraud case against members of the Brown family resumed Thursday, only to end about 10 minutes later after attorneys said they need more time to decide what to do next in a legal battle that has stretched on for more than
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The fraud case against members of the Brown family resumed Thursday, only to end about 10 minutes later after attorneys said they need more time to decide what to do next in a legal battle that has stretched on for more than a year.
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Half of the state population isn't comprised of morons.
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Alaska may become the first state in the nation with state-sanctioned areas to consume legal, commercial cannabis: 
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted Friday to allow consumption of marijuana products in retail stores across the state. But social clubs, where people would bring their own marijuana to consume, remain illegal, the board said.
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The "Bridge to Nowhere" still rankles in Ketchikan a decade after congressional opponents of earmarks used it to go after money for the bridge to nearby Gravina Island and the city's airport, but some of that money was still spent building a road to muskeg and scrub forest — in reality, nowhere.

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Canadian professional skier Ian McIntosh somehow survived a 1,600-foot, head-over-heels-over-head-over-heels tumble lasting nearly a minute in the Neacola Range.

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Whether reporting on powerful oil companies or on residents who live far from the urban centers where decisions are made, Alaska Dispatch's goal is to take an unflinching look at the state, from its massive riches to its abject poverty, and tell these stories to Alaskans and to the world.