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Judge to issue initial ruling Friday on Alaska Legislature's Medicaid lawsuit

Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said Thursday that he would deliver a ruling from the bench Friday on the Alaska Legislature’s lawsuit to stop Gov. Bill Walker from unilaterally expanding the public Medicaid health-care program.Alaska Dispatch News

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