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Concerns about new virus, oil volatility affecting Alaska


March 12, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy is freezing the hiring of state workers not essential to health or safety as oil markets roil, and state lawmakers are making plans to prepare for how they will handle their work should there be a confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the capital city.

Restrictions also have been ordered on state employee and legislative travel.

Sen. Gary Stevens, chair of the Legislative Council, said some things that could be looked at as part of the Legislature’s preparations include whether to close the Capitol to the public or look at a change in rules th...

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