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House approves marijuana control board

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House Bill 123 would create a five-person board to regulate the drug like alcohol.

House passes local-option marijuana bill

The Alaska House voted 35-2 Thursday to approve a bill giving local governments greater control and abilities to implement last year's successful ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana.

Senators advance marijuana bill, shoot down concentrates ban

The Alaska State Senate passed legislation, Monday, updating the State laws that decriminalize marijuana.

Walker rolls out Medicaid expansion bill

Flanked by supporters donning pins that read “It’s the right thing to do,” Governor Bill Walker announced plans to expand the federal Medicaid program in Alaska.

Medicaid expansion amendment rejected on the House floor

Supporters are making a last-ditch effort to restore Medicaid expansion funding to the FY2016 budget.

Bill to abolish Daylight Saving Time in Alaska moves forward

A bill that seeks to abolish Daylight Saving Time in Alaska cleared a hurdle Tuesday, advancing out of the Senate Finance Committee. Under the proposal, the state could also pursue federal permission for Southeast Alaska to once again become part of the Pacific time zone.

Anchorage hospital ramps up trauma care

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Providence Alaska Medical Center has been upgraded to a level 2 trauma center, providing Anchorage with two hospitals of that status for patients in need of the most critical care.

Work place smoking ban draws supporters, foes

Like many addictions, smoking has claimed thousands of lives and many families have felt those losses, including State Senator Peter Micciche.

Texas town rolls with Blue Bell recall

4 areas are now under advisories, watches or severe weather warnings.

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