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The Walker administration on Tuesday approved plans to offer the oil company Caelus a reduction in royalty payments on its state leases if it would quickly develop an oil project on Alaska's North Slope that could produce 15,000 to 17,000 barrels a day.Dermot Cole
As the U.S. approaches its chairmanship of th Arctic Council and far-north climate warming continues at twice the global rate, President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday addressing federal Arctic policy. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed doubts about the order's effectiveness.Yereth Rosen
With an optimism that belied the state’s yawning budget deficit and the need for deep budget cuts, the 29th Alaska Legislature gaveled into session Tuesday afternoon.Pat Forgey
The Walker administration released 17 transition reports Tuesday with myriad non-binding recommendations, including a $500 million state budget cut for the next fiscal year and expansion of Medicaid benefits funded by the federal government.Dermot Cole
Municipal government officials say that revenue sharing -- a program that Anchorage Sen. Kevin Meyer suggested Friday may be due for cuts -- is essential to keeping the doors open in small governments across the state. Dermot Cole,Pat Forgey
Supporters of legalization are concerned about a bill that could push the timeline of marijuana concentrate regulations a year past the due date designated in the initiative.Suzanna Caldwell

Gov. Bill Walker says Alaska will tap its savings and cut budgets to get through low oil prices, but in an interview on the eve of the next legislative session, he stopped short of calling the state’s multibillion-dollar deficits a “crisis.”

Nat Herz
Gov. Bill Walker says Alaska will tap its savings and cut budgets to get through low oil prices, but in an interview on the eve of the next legislative session, he was unwilling to call the state’s multibillion-dollar deficits a “crisis.”Pat Forgey,Nathaniel Herz
In the upcoming legislative session, the Republican-led Legislature will contend with a fiscal crisis along with new Gov. Bill Walker, who has yet to outline a legislative agenda but who has clashed with Republican leaders in the past -- and who has already taken steps to shake up the leadership of the state’s key pipeline projects.Nathaniel Herz
Rep. Tammie Wilson’s pre-filed House Bill 11, which would make court records confidential in cases where charges have been dismissed or the defendant acquitted, is identical to legislation that passed last year but was vetoed by then-Gov. Sean Parnell.Jerzy Shedlock