The Alaska Legislature confirmed Texan Richard Rabinow to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and Bernie Washington to the State Assessment Review Board. The controversial appointments were among dozens considered in a joint session Thursday.Pat Forgey
A bill to subsidize in-state refineries Alaska refineries expanded Tuesday with the addition of the shuttered Agrium fertilizer plant. The $10 million amendment, introduced by House Speaker Mike Chenault, was introduced at 9:25 a.m. and adopted two minutes later, with one minute for public testimony in between. Dermot Cole
A scaled-down plan to assist three in-state refineries in North Pole, Valdez and Kenai faces a vote in the state House this week. It could cost the state $150 million over the next five years, but it might not be enough, some legislators warned. Dermot Cole
After the state House approved a bill to raise the minimum wage on a 21-19 vote Sunday night, House Speaker Mike Chenault denounced Ed Flanagan, the leader of the minimum wage initiative drive, for holding up a notebook in a committee meeting on which he had drawn a dollar sign.Dermot Cole
NASA's Kepler spacecraft has detected an Earth-sized planet orbiting an M dwarf star, scientists announced Thursday. We have some 70 billion M dwarf stars in our galaxy, so this suggests a huge number of potential life-friendly planets.