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While the suspension of state spending on projects like the Knik Arm bridge, the Susitna-Watana dam and the Kodiak launch complex is “pending further review,” the state’s budget director says Alaskans “should be prepared for several of these projects to be delayed and/or stopped.”

Nathaniel Herz
The events will be on five consecutive Saturdays starting Jan. 3 in Valdez, followed by Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks and Anchorage. The last two are Feb. 6 in Wasilla and March 7 in Ketchikan. Nathaniel Herz
Republican leaders in the Alaska Legislature are asking new Gov. Bill Walker to quickly cut the budget as falling oil prices lead the state to a projected $3.5 billion budget gap.Nathaniel Herz
So far, new Gov. Bill Walker’s high-level appointees haven’t skewed to one party or the other -- and a top aide coordinating the transition says that in some conversations about prospective appointees, Walker hasn’t even known their party affiliation. But that hasn't stemmed criticism, especially from some Republicans.Nathaniel Herz
The Alaska Bar Association's Ethics Committee has offered informal advice regarding personal use and other ethical issues attorneys may face as Alaska prepares to legalize recreational marijuana use and develop a marijuana industry.Laurel Andrews
As the Anchorage Assembly's new committee on legalization of marijuana met briefly Tuesday to outline how it will work to craft local  laws, the Fairbanks North Star Borough announced it will follow Anchorage in forming a working group to explore legalization. Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska's Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott walked an unusual path to his role as the state's second-ranked elected official, and as a result may have an unprecedented role within the administration of Gov. Bill Walker. Just how significant that role will be, however, remains to be seen.Pat Forgey
A question in a survey distributed by Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens asks whether lawmakers should continue to have to submit receipts for qualified office expenses or if the money should be treated as compensation, which would be taxable. Dermot Cole
In assembling his cabinet and key support staff, Gov. Bill Walker has chosen a wide variety of independents, Democrats and Republicans -- and one whose precision made her an Olympic champion. Dermot Cole
Gov. Bill Walker signed an agreement Tuesday to share information and cooperate with a Japanese company examining options for natural gas exports, saying it meets the needs of Alaska and potential consumers in Japan. Alaska Dispatch News

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