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Governor calls second special session over budget deficit


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker is recalling lawmakers to Juneau to deal with the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit, caused by tumbling oil prices.

Walker said Sunday that a special session will be held beginning July 11. The House adjourned the first special session of the year on Saturday night after its Finance Committee failed to move a bill that would provide limited Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks to help counter the $3.2 billion budget shortfall.

That bill will be back on the agenda during the second special session, as will measures to create a state income...

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