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A North Pole Republican’s budget plan to fire a pair of Democrats in the administration of Gov. Bill Walker drew objections of micro-managing in a House committee hearing Wednesday morning, though it nonetheless moved forward. Another Republican said it was nothing personal.

Nathaniel Herz
In the face of a multibillion-dollar deficit, the administration of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and state labor unions should renegotiate contract terms to lower health care costs and wage increases, a nonpartisan economic policy group said Wednesday. Dermot Cole
Rep. Ben Nageak, a Democrat from Barrow, suffered a medical emergency on the House floor Wednesday morning while delivering a speech on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Nathaniel Herz
A Montana law enforcement official said his state has opened a criminal investigation into Roland Maw, who was appointed by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to the Alaska Fish Board in January but who withdrew his name from consideration last week without explanation.Nathaniel Herz
As state lawmakers contemplate painful cuts and look for efficiencies to close a $3.5 billion deficit, one line item in their own budget has so far received little scrutiny: the cafeteria in the Capitol building that costs some $20,000 each month to operate during the 90-day legislative session.Nathaniel Herz
A Kenai Peninsula commercial fishing advocate who Gov. Bill Walker had hoped to see appointed to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, Roland Maw, has withdrawn his name from consideration after his nomination became increasingly controversial.Pat Forgey
As state lawmakers got more grim news about the future of Alaska's film tax credit program, a new annual report revealed that the number of production companies applying for the incentive hit new highs last year. Zaz Hollander
Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday announced his three appointees to a key state board charged with guiding Alaska’s efforts on the construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope: Rick Halford, Joe Paskvan and Hugh Short.Nathaniel Herz
The proposal would not apply to lands that as of the start of this year were part of national parks, monuments or historic sites. It also wouldn't apply to land used for military purposes, land within a municipality or land held in trust by the state, local government or another entity.Associated Press
Gov. Bill Walker’s transition coordinator, former Attorney General Bruce Botelho, has finished his assignment and is no longer working in the Capitol.Nathaniel Herz