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Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker says he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward a vote. Walker announced earlier this month his intention to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, calling the move his "final option" after lawmakers had tabled his bill for further review. In an interview, Walker says that every day the state waits to expand Medicaid, it is saying "no" to many people who could be getting health care coverage. His administration has targeted Sept. 1 for the expansion rollout. Walker has notified the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee of his plans. He can move ahead with those plans, even if the committee disapproves. 

Rising river level near Sutton threatens Glenn Highway

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Transportation officials are working to protect Glenn Highway from rising waters in the Matanuska River near Sutton. KTUU-TV reports residents were warned to be ready to leave at a moment's notice as rains increased the water level to take over another 15 feet of river bank in certain areas. State Rep. Jim Colver said Department of Transportation and Public Facilities staff determined on Monday that the encroaching water is an emergency, prompting immediate work on the highway. Borough Assembly member Jim Sykes says the water has gone from eroding land to flooding. One home was swept into the river on Thursday. Borough officials will be on hand to meet with residents Wednesday night at Sutton Library.

Woman fatally shoots herself outside Seward prison

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:30am
- SEWARD, Alaska (AP) - A woman is dead after corrections officers say they saw her shoot herself in the head when the prison didn't meet her demands for inmates to be released. KTUU-TV reports that Alaska State Troopers were called just before 5 p.m. Monday to the Spring Creek Correctional Center when a 31-year-old woman with a gun approached the prison. Troopers say the woman said she would kill herself if the convicted killers were not released. She then shot herself in the head. She was still breathing when she was taken to Seward Hospital and was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner's Office.

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