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Senate Finance member Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center, studies the FY20 Budget during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, left, and Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, right, listen in the background. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Senate Finance member Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center, studies the FY20 Budget during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, left, and Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, right, listen in the background. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Special session starts with a manic Monday

All roads — and planes — may lead to Wednesday.

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, present one of three papers as Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, listens during a Bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group at the Capitol on Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Legislators call for PFD ‘grand compromise’

Protecting the Permanent Fund will mean give and take.

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, present one of three papers as Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, listens during a Bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group at the Capitol on Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Freshman legislators Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau; and Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau; reflected on what’s happened so far during a regular and special session and what they’re looking forward to working on next. (Michael Penn| Juneau Empire File)
Freshman legislators Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau; and Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau; reflected on what’s happened so far during a regular and special session and what they’re looking forward to working on next. (Michael Penn| Juneau Empire File)
Game On announced July 3 that the video game store in Nugget Mall was closing. The closure was caused by both financial and family challenges, according co-owner Casey Harris. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

LGBTQ-friendly video game store closes

Despite Kicksterter campaign, it’s game over for Game On.

Game On announced July 3 that the video game store in Nugget Mall was closing. The closure was caused by both financial and family challenges, according co-owner Casey Harris. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska State Capitol will be the site of a rally Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Veto override rally shaping up to be big

Handful of organizations plan demonstration for Monday

The Alaska State Capitol will be the site of a rally Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
William Brown makes himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as he waits for dinner at the Glory Hall on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Vetoes could wipe out 20 percent of Glory Hall budget

Breakfast and lunch may be heading for the chopping block.

William Brown makes himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as he waits for dinner at the Glory Hall on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Natalia Spengler plays the title roll during a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” by Theatre in the Rough at McPhetres Hall on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Natalia Spengler plays the title roll during a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” by Theatre in the Rough at McPhetres Hall on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Gina Athwani eats fresh lettuce grown through support from the Farm to School program at Harborview Elementary School on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Gina Athwani eats fresh lettuce grown through support from the Farm to School program at Harborview Elementary School on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Centennial Hall, left, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. There are proposals for a New JACC and renovated Centennial Hall, but when work would happen and how it would be funded are still being decided. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Centennial Hall, left, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. There are proposals for a New JACC and renovated Centennial Hall, but when work would happen and how it would be funded are still being decided. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Perseverance Theatre announces 2 new hires

Theater fills interim artistic director and managing director roles

Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Capitol columns get some care

Here’s what’s going on.