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  • Notes from the La. Legislature's regular session

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  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, center, is greeted by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. Sen. Coburn described her as "competent." (Associated Press)

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    The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation setting out a new approach for addressing the state's pension obligation Saturday, less than three hours after the plan emerged from the Senate Finance Committee.

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  • ** FILE ** The dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    DUBAY: Cutting short the 'extenders' would boost the economy

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  • House Minority Caucus members huddle for discussions on the House floor at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, on Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)

    Senate Finance unveils $1.9B capital budget

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  • Senate Finance Committee co-chairs Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, and Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, listen to administration officials during a hearing in which the committee advanced a major gas line bill on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

    Senate Finance committee advances gas line bill

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  • Gov. Sean Parnell addresses reporters during a news conference on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. Topics discussed during the news conference included a Parnell appointee to the State Assessment Review Board who withdrew his name from consideration. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

    Assessment board appointee withdraws name

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  • Rep. Rogers Pope, R-Denham Springs, reviews the Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. The House Appropriations Committee started its hearings on Jindal's spending recommendations for next year on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

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