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Dr. Anne Zink to leave position as Alaska chief medical officer

In an interview, Alaska’s ‘top doc’ reflects on nearly five years of work, and the ebb and flow of public attention from the pandemic.
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Anchorage health care providers, insurer reach agreement, keeping patients in network

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska announced a new agreement with three Providence affiliates Wednesday.
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Xunaa Borough would be Alaska’s 20th, under Hoonah city proposal

The proposed borough would include 49 people outside of Hoonah, but wouldn’t include other Southeast Alaska cities.
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Negotiations to decide insurance status of Alaska patients of Providence affiliates

Both Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska and Providence Alaska Medical Center's affiliates cited rising health care costs as reasons for their positions.
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Committee dismisses ethics complaints against 2 Alaska lawmakers

Current and former Reps. David Eastman and Christopher Kurka were accused of allowing a visitor to improperly use state resources.
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Alaska health care providers sue to keep state rule mandating minimum payments for care

The state plans to end regulation on Jan. 1, citing upward pressure on prices, but some doctors say it will affect access to care.
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Top Alaska tourist attraction Mendenhall Glacier to hit capacity for visitors by late summer

Businesses are facing limits on how many tours have permits to visit the area. It stings, said the general manager of one tourism company.
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Questions on minimum wage, paid sick leave and campaign funding could be heading to Alaska voters

Lt. Gov. Dahlstrom has until early September to certify whether three proposals will go to petition-gathering stage.
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Alaska Redistricting Board decides against attempting to redraw map again

The board's decision Monday likely means there won’t be any changes to the district lines used in last year’s election until 2032.

GCI pays $40.2M to settle federal allegations it violated False Claims Act, bidding rules

The U.S. Justice Department had alleged that GCI knowingly inflated its prices in order to receive federal subsidies for its services in rural areas.
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Alaska sports board decides against barring trans girls from girls sports, for now

The Alaska School Activities Association said its board could still adopt the change in the future if state rules compel it to.

Alaska Senate passes bill to allow municipal blight tax, property tax exemptions

The bill from state Sen. Forrest Dunbar, D-Anchorage, envisions a carrot-and-stick approach to commercial building.
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Alaska lawmaker can’t block public from social accounts based on their views, judge rules

An Anchorage judge says Sen. Lora Reinbold acted as an official maintaining a "limited" public forum when she blocked an Eagle River woman, but doesn’t resolve why.
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Candidates for Alaska governor differ on how to handle deaths in state corrections custody

Contenders laid out positions on tribal recognition, housing affordability and public safety during a forum at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage.
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Alaska primary count is done, as near-record voting sets fields for ranked choice election

The outcome of the special election to fill the remainder of Don Young’s term will be announced on Wednesday.