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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm •  Published: April 21, 2014
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Alaska at 4:30 p.m.

ADDS: COUNTERFEIT CHARGES; KODIAK DRUG BUST; ALASKA EDITORIALS; LEGISLATURE-INITIATIVES BUMPED; SITKA GROUNDING; OREGON BANK ROBBERY

LEGISLATURE-GOING LONG

JUNEAU — After blowing past midnight on what was supposed to be the last day of session Sunday, Alaska lawmakers planned to plow ahead Monday to resolve their differences on education. The House and Senate each adjourned after 4 a.m. Monday following a day of fits and starts that saw all but two of the major pieces in play — education and the capital budget — pass. Lawmakers decided in the interest of good public policy to try to get some rest and return later in the day to try to wrap things up. That includes Senate debate on House Bill 278, its rewrite of Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill. By Becky Bohrer. Will be updated from afternoon sessions.

ALASKA BUDGET

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee advanced a capital budget early Monday. The bill includes $20 million for the Susitna-Watana hydro-project, about half what Gov. Sean Parnell requested for this year and next and twice what the Senate included. Some lawmakers have questioned additional funding for the proposed south-central Alaska mega-project, given the state's pursuing a major gas line project. By Becky Bohrer. May be updated.

COAST GUARD SHOOTINGS

ANCHORAGE — A judge Monday refused to allow five defense witnesses to testify in the trial of the man charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak Coast Guard communication station. One rejected Kodiak witness was detained for trying to carry a gun through security at the Anchorage federal building. By Dan Joling. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. ADT.

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