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Alaska’s Republican governor wants to give every resident more than $4,000 for the next 3 years, but not everyone is happy

“Alaska’s $65 billion permanent fund and its annual universal cash program paid out to most citizens are the legacy of late Alaskan Gov” writes Richard Feloni for businessinsider.com. Bill Walker’s decision to lessen the state’s dividend payout from 2016-2018, in an attempt to alleviate the state’s recession, proved so unpopular it was one of several reasons he decided to not run for re-election.In January, Dunleavy proposed a dividend exceeding $4,000 per person for the next three years.Read more: Nearly everyone living in Alaska gets about $2,000 a year from the…

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Missing Alaska plane presumed to have crashed, bodies sought

“However, Guardian Flight, the medical flight company that owns the plane, announced late Thursday that it will try to recover the bodies of the missing: pilot Patrick Coyle, 63; flight nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30, and 43-year-old Margaret Langston, the flight paramedic” writes Associated Press for nypost.com. All were based in Juneau. “Our hearts are heavy, and we respectfully offer our deepest thoughts and prayers to our lost employees and their families,” Randy Lyman, a company vice president, said in a statement. Source: nypost.com

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U.S. will develop space-based missile defense

“China is also developing increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile warheads and hypersonic glide vehicles in an attempt to counter ballistic missile defense systems.”” writes Deb Riechmann for aol.com. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both emphasized space-based capabilities as the next step of missile defense.WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that space is the new warfighting domain, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed the U.S. will develop an unrivaled missile defense system to protect against advanced hypersonic and cruise missile threats from competitors and adversaries.Current U.S. missile defense weapons are based on…

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Alaska Air to add thousands of jobs in 2019

“Alaska Air Group plans to add just over 3,000 jobs in 2019, mostly front-line positions across Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, with three quarters of the jobs in Washington state” writes Seattle Times Aerospace for seattletimes.com. Alaska Air Group said Monday it plans to add just over 3,000 jobs in 2019, mostly front-line positions across Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, with three quarters of the jobs in Washington state.That includes not only jobs at the airline and at vendors that supply the airline but also at local businesses supported by…

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Back-to-back earthquakes shatter roads and windows in Alaska

“Alaska has been hit by a number of powerful quakes over 7.0 in recent decades, including a 7.9 last January southeast of Kodiak Island” reports thebusinessjournal.com. The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000. Source: thebusinessjournal.com

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Democrats are planning to mark the one-year anniversary of Trump’s tax bill by introducing bicameral legislation that repeals the provision opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling, the Washington Examiner has learned.

“The most likely legislative course is for the 144 signatories on the wilderness bill to join forces on re-introducing the Arctic refuge repeal legislation” writes Ap Photo Michael for washingtonexaminer.com. Democrats are planning to mark the one-year anniversary of Trump’s tax bill by introducing bicameral legislation that repeals the provision opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling, the Washington Examiner has learned.The tax bill reversed a 40-year ban on drilling in the Arctic. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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The future of Alaska’s $65 billion fund that pays every citizen around $2,000 a year is a major issue in the governor’s race

“Are you an Alaska resident who has received dividend payments from the Alaska Permanent Fund?” writes Richard Feloni for businessinsider.com. An issue both candidates agree is crucial to winning back trust in the state is how to strengthen the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend and ensure its long-term value.For the last 36 years, the majority of Alaskans have received an annual check of about $1,000 to $2,000 as part of the state’s ambitious and unique permanent fund.And when they choose their next governor on Nov. 6, they’ll be deciding the $65…

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Management shake-up at Alaska Air will bring layoffs

“A management shake-up is underway at Alaska Air, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and regional carrier Horizon Air” writes Seattle Times Aerospace for seattletimes.com. One manager, who asked not to be identified, said employees learned in an internal company webcast on Tuesday that the re-organization will result in about 100 layoffs.That includes pilots, cabin crew, gate agents, aircraft mechanics and engineers, operations center staff and employees working at call centers or airport lounges.Facing tough competition from Delta and Southwest, Alaska has also been challenged by the integration of Virgin…

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Future of Alaska oil check program weighs on governor’s race

“As it stands, the check will have to compete with schools, roads, troopers and other services paid using fund earnings” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. While oil prices have moderated, fund earnings are expected to play an ongoing role in paying for government services.The fear some have is that politicians, once reluctant to tap fund earnings, won’t be shy anymore.Begich, a former U.S. senator, wants to put billions of dollars from fund earnings into the fund’s principal, where it can’t be touched.JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Tension over changes to…

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