Begich, Young split over Hobby Lobby decision

JUNEAU (AP) — Sen. Mark Begich says he disagrees with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that found that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The Democrat says bosses “should not be able to prevent access to family planning and birth control for Alaska women.” He called the decision out-of-touch.

A divided court on Monday found forcing companies to pay for methods of women’s contraception they object to violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Republican Rep. Don Young praised the decision as a win for religious freedom.

A spokesman for the third member of Alaska’s congressional delegation, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said she was in rural Alaska and unavailable for comment.

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School district responds to inflammatory tweets posted by hockey player

A pair of tweets from the account of a Soldotna High School hockey player, one coming on Thursday and the other on Friday, created a social media firestorm so big the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District issued a statement on Facebook by Saturday afternoon.

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Kenai sells bowling alley

After 11 months of receiving offers and holding negotiations, the Kenai City Council has sold the former AlaskaLanes Bowling Alley, a closed business located on the Kenai Spur Highway near the Three Bears grocery store, to Dean You for $450,000.

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