- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker has stopped the state transportation department from seizing the land occupied by a sandwich shop in Anchorage for a bridge project that may be put on hold.

Walker last month halted all new, non-obligated spending on six major projects, including the Knik Arm crossing while he evaluated whether or how to proceed with them in light of the state’s tough budget situation.

His spokeswoman, Grace Jang, said he blocked the department from exercising eminent domain because it violated the spirit of last month’s administrative order.

Residents of the Government Hill neighborhood in Anchorage, where the sandwich shop is located, expressed their thanks Tuesday.

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