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Alaska faces shutdown threat amid budget, dividend dispute

Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes, second from left, speaks to colleagues during a break in the House floor session on the opening day of the second special session on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. Pictured are, from left, Reps. Bryce Edgmon, Stutes, Neal Foster and Zack Fields. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer) RPBB402 RPBB402

Alaska faces the prospect of a partial government shutdown next week amid a fight over how much to pay residents in the form of an annual dividend from the state's nest-egg oil-wealth fund. Notices have warned state workers of potential layoffs.

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