Sen. Mike Dunleavy, chairman of the Senate Labor and Commerce committee, listens during a meeting of the committee, Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Risky debt? Walker admin wants to sell $3.3B in bonds to close pension gap

by Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO
- The Government Finance Officers Association says these bonds involve considerable investment risk.

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A pastrami sandwich sits on the service counter at the Carnegie Deli in New York. The deli is closing at the end of 2016.

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

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As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli’s home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, seen here addressing the media in August, won't be paid for the rest of his term and must pay court costs. (Photo by Brynn Anderson/Associated Press)

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Rest Of Term Over Gay Marriage Stance

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The head of the state’s Supreme Court loses his judicial ethics case and is ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings against him.

The MiniMed 670G hybrid closed loop system is the closest thing yet to an artificial pancreas for people with Type 1 diabetes.

FDA Approves The First Automated Insulin System For Type 1 Diabetes

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The new system joins a continuous glucose monitor with an insulin pump, which work together to keep blood sugar from going too high or too low. That will make it safer to sleep through the night.

The northern lights over Iceland in February. The glowing orange area on the left side are the lights of the capital, Reykjavik.

Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

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Wednesday night’s aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution so the green glow would be more visible to people in the capital.

More Alaska News

Consumer demand for Alaska cruises growing again

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A growing consumer demand for Alaska cruises has put the state back in the million-passenger club as it rebounds after a leaner stretch. And next year is expected to be even better with larger capacity ships added to the Far North lineup.

Ship surveying, updating century-old data near Uganik Bay

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Federal researchers are surveying the seafloor in Uganik Bay and west of the Kodiak Archipelago as part of an effort to update navigational information used by mariners that is 100 years old.

Haines Assembly candidate has domestic violence protective orders in 2015

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A routine court records check has found that a candidate for Haines Borough Assembly has a record of domestic violence charges. Ryan Cook is currently the subject of a long-term domestic violence protective order that was issued in November of 2015.

State government aims to save money with pension bonds, but lawmakers see risks

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Gov. Bill Walker’s administration plans to sell up to $3.2 billion in what are known as pension obligation bonds.

Suspect charged in connection to Haines library break-ins

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A Haines man has been charged with two class C felonies connected to recent break-ins at the Haines Public Library. William Dale Whittington is charged with two counts of burglary in the second degree.
One offense happened Sept. 5 and the other on Sept. 16.

Anchorage robbery victim dies; police seek fourth suspect

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An Anchorage woman shot during an attempted robbery died Wednesday. Anchorage police on Wednesday arrested a third suspect in the case and are seeking a fourth.

Chevak locked down Wednesday after false reports of intoxicated man with a gun

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Residents in the Southwest Alaska village of Chevak were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after false reports said an intoxicated man was walking around with a gun. Tribal law enforcement officials say the reports were untrue.

Fairbanks police investigate shots fired off restaurant roof

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A Fairbanks restaurant worker suspected of firing shots from the roof of the business has been charged with possessing a firearm as a felon. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Damien Harris, 28, was arrested after police found 25 shell casings on the roof of the Food Factory.