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Gov. Sean Parnell's pay-down plan is largely endorsed by the Alaska House. The cash infusion would reduce the size of future annual payments towards the unfunded liability.

Pat Forgey
Reversing course from a proposal made Friday, the committee said that funding for additional programs -- including benefits for home-schooled children, charter schools and residential schools -- would be on top of an extra $100 million going to schools this year.Pat Forgey
The Legislature is expected on Sunday to approve a complex gas pipeline bill that would trigger new negotiations with the oil companies on a project to tap into a vast North Slope resource and help sustain the Alaska economy for decades — if things go according to plan.Dermot Cole
The Alaska Legislature enters the final two days of the legislative session with most of its major bills not quite ready for final action. Lawmakers prepared to work late into the night Saturday with the 90th day of the session arriving on Easter. Dermot Cole
It's crunch time in the Legislature, and although much of the wheeling and dealing is being done behind closed doors, constituents can track the official progress of the bills they care about using the BASIS online tool.Pat Forgey
Alaska schools are being offered what Senate Republican leaders are saying is generous funding for next year, but it is less than school advocates say Alaska schools need to stave off another year of teacher and other cuts.Pat Forgey
Republican Senate contenders Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell release figures that show both getting serious about raising money as the primary season marches on. Miller's campaign has scheduled an official launch on Monday.Alex DeMarban
Under a bill approved by the state House Thursday, the film tax credit program would disappear unless the Legislature renews it in 2016. The bill also provides for a review of other examples of the state's indirect spending through credits and fee waivers -- except for credits related to non-renewable resources.Dermot Cole
As the Legislature nears the final days of its 2014 session, with most major issues unresolved, a plan to subsidize in-state Alaska refineries won House approval Thursday. The first Senate hearing is set for Friday.Dermot Cole
What's in a name? Potentially everything, if you're running for office in Alaska and your name is Dan Sullivan.Sean Doogan