July 2, 2010
The federal government has launched a new website aimed at helping provide information on health insurance options. The site was set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services. Sen. Mark Begich calls it a new tool to help Alaskans find affordable insurance. Begich supported federal health insurance reform efforts earlier this year.
July 18, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Saturday, July 17, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- After the U.S. Senate passed a financial overhaul bill this past week, Sen. Mark Begich says Democrats are hoping to pass two or three other pieces of legislation in the coming week. One would establish a $30 billion fund for small-business lending, which Begich says would greatly help Alaskans. "It was missed in the recovery," Begich said. "There is a great demand that I hear from Alaskans, from small businesses that want to make sure that they can access capital so they can grow their businesses, hire more people, build their inventories -- so we're working through that.
May 25, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Monday, May 24, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich introduced legislation Monday that would eliminate the law requiring Alaskans to purchase duck stamps for subsistence purposes. In the spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will enforce a regulation requiring subsistence hunters to purchase and carry duck stamps when hunting or when gathering the eggs of birds. However, many Alaskans living a subsistence lifestyle don't have access to the stamps.
July 30, 2008
by Steve MacDonald Tuesday, July 29, 2008 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- News of the indictments against U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens comes at a time when he was already fighting for his political life. Many polls prior to Tuesday's indictments show that the race between Stevens and Democrat Mark Begich is already close. Without a doubt, Tuesday's announcement from the Department of Justice will have its effect on the election. But what effect it will have depends on who you ask. It was already shaping up to be one of Stevens's toughest political campaigns ever, and the news out of Washington, D.C. could make his reelection bid even more difficult.
July 26, 2010
by Julie Hasquet Former Channel 2 News reporter Monday, July 26, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- I arrived in Alaska in May of 1986 as an eager, young reporter fresh out of San Diego State University, living my childhood dream of becoming a television journalist. My career at Channel 2 was incredible, covering some of the most interesting and important stories of the time. I was the first reporter to the scene of the trapped whales in Barrow -- a story now being made into a feature length-film by Hollywood.
January 7, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Thursday, January 7, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Shell has cleared another hurdle toward drilling in the Chukchi Sea. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved Shell Offshore Inc.'s air quality permit for exploration of lease blocks in the Chukchi, Sen. Mark Begich announced. According to a press release from Begich's office, the EPA is announcing a proposal to approve a "major" source air permit that requires operations to meet the Prevention of Significant Deterioration program standards.
May 7, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Thursday, May 6, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's two U.S. senators want to beef up the nation's oil spill liability fund. The fund is administered by the Coast Guard and pays for response costs and damages in cases where the responsible party hasn't paid. The fund currently has $1.6 billion, but Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski want to raise that to $10 billion by increasing the fee oil companies pay from 8 cents to 9 cents per barrel.
June 29, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Monday, June 28, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's congressional delegation applauded the Supreme Court's decision Monday that Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The ruling struck down a total handgun ban in Chicago and a suburb of the city, but the Court suggested some restrictions may be permitted. The Court held that firearm possession is a fundamental constitutional right, and that courts across the country are therefore empowered to strike down state and local weapon laws that infringe on this basic right.
May 2, 2011
Suspicion is permeating Washington concerning Pakistan's knowledge of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts. Sen. Lisa Murkowski talked about the millions of dollars the United States has poured into counterterrorism operations in Pakistan and questioned whether Pakistani officials became complacent or averted their eyes to allow bin Laden to hide seemingly under their nose. "If in fact we now find out that now this aid was used for things that perhaps weren't designed to bring down or capture bin Laden, that they were complacent or not being honest with the information, I think that that could really shatter the relationship that the United States has with Pakistan," Murkowski said.
March 31, 2010
by Ashton Goodell Tuesday, March 30, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Now that the health care reform bill is law, Sen. Mark Begich says it's time to thank the people who asked for it. At a health care rally Tuesday night, the senator talked about what's next -- and he got a few thank-yous of his own. "Thank you for what you did for us and for the rest of the country," a passing cab driver yelled from his taxi to Begich. "We need health care. " Begich acknowledged the bill has some problems, but he expects it to be tweaked as it goes.