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The state of Alaska is instituting a hiring freeze Friday across much of state government as a result of the Legislature’s inability to approve a fully funded budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.Pat Forgey
Alaska state Rep. Lance Pruitt, an Anchorage Republican, says he’s been asked by several people to challenge longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young in 2016 and would give the idea more consideration after the end of this year’s state legislative session.Nathaniel Herz

Musicians, from left, Suzanne Little, teacher Patty Hamre, Miles Allen, BP Teacher of the Year Mary Schallert and Great Alaska Schools supporters gathered in an "emergency protest" near the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, demanding that the Legislature "stop fiddling around with the PFD and fund public education in Alaska." 

Bill Roth
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a new regulation Wednesday that defines the scope of federal oversight of waters, to a chorus of Alaska lawmakers and industry groups calling it an egregious federal overreach. Erica Martinson
A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a case alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worked with critics of the proposed Pebble mine with a predetermined goal to block the project.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront Wednesday before meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that his position against Arctic offshore oil drilling could hurt Alaska's economy.Phuong Le | Associated Press
The Republican-led House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning unveiled an offer to Democrats that seeks to break the Alaska Legislature’s budget stalemate by spending more for education and state workers, but ignores Medicaid expansion.Nathaniel Herz
The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday recertified the mayoral runoff election, taking into account 58 ballots not previously tallied that altered the result by 0.01 percent but did not change the outcome.Tegan Hanlon
Alaska’s House Democratic leader says he’s reached an impasse in his budget negotiations with his Republican counterpart, and he plans to propose a new framework for discussions that could include an outside mediator or bringing in Gov. Bill Walker.Nathaniel Herz
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