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Gov. Bill Walker announced three new appointments in his administration late Friday, naming Heidi Drygas as labor commissioner, Darwin Peterson as legislative director and retaining Larry Hartig for the Department of Environmental Conservation.Alex DeMarban
Alaska's minimum wage will go up by a $1 an hour, to $8.75 an hour, starting Feb. 24 -- 90 days after results of the election in which voters approved the increase were certified.Associated Press
Gov. Bill Walker told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce he's looking into a 90-day delay in portions of the measure that provide for commercial sales of marijuana.Associated Press
The company seeking state help for a 200-mile one-lane road to mining prospects in Northwest Alaska says “substantial doubt exists as to our ability to continue as a going concern,” a statement it has repeated to investors as recently as Oct. 14.Dermot Cole
Ted Nugent and a former Miss USA are among the features touted for season two of "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," coming to the Sportsman Channel in January.Maia Nolan-Partnow
A second credit ratings agency raised a warning flag Thursday about Alaska’s state budget. Standard & Poor’s said that “to avert credit quality deterioration, we believe the state must make material progress in reducing the deficit in its fiscal 2016 budget.”Dermot Cole
Anchorage marijuana activist Charlo Greene has clashed with her business neighbor, causing the two to file multiple restraining orders against each other.Suzanna Caldwell
Midtown Assemblyman Dick Traini was elected to lead the Anchorage Assembly at its regular Tuesday-night meeting. Elvi Gray-Jackson, also representing Midtown, was elected co-chair. Suzanna Caldwell
 Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday it lowered the credit outlook for Alaska because the plunge in oil prices "threatens to rapidly and significantly reduce the state's budgetary reserves."Dermot Cole
The Anchorage Assembly will hear public testimony Tuesday evening on A0-148, an ordinance that would outlaw commercial marijuana in Alaska's largest city only weeks after voters approved legalization.Suzanna Caldwell

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