Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio: Walker Hires Mediator to Help Lawmakers Pass A BudgetAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker has hired a mediator to help lawmakers reach a deal on the budget.Permanent Fund CEO Abruptly RetiresMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation has announced the abrupt retirement of its chief executive officer Mike Burns.Premera Alaska Files For Another Large Rate IncreaseAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchoragePremera Alaska is asking the federal government to approve an average rate increase of 39 percent for its Affordable Care Act health insurance plans in the state for 2016. That follows a 37 percent increase the federal government approved for 2015.Rep. Young’s Fisheries Bill Passes the HouseLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.A bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act passed the U.S. House this evening, largely on party lines.North Pacific Council to Vote on Halibut Bycatch LimitsRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaOf the thirty million pounds of halibut caught last year by commercial fishermen statewide, nearly a third was thrown back into the ocean, dead. It were netted accidentally by boats targeting other fish.U.S. House Votes to Sell Midtown Lot to MuniLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The U.S. House today voted to sell a 9-acre lot in Anchorage to the Municipality, at fair market value. The property at 40th and Denali Street is one of the largest undeveloped lots in Midtown.City Holds Job Fair for Marijuana IndustryZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe state’s first ever job fair for careers in commercial cannabis was held in Anchorage over the weekend.Medicaid Denials May Boot Some Seniors From Assisted LivingQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerMany of Alaska’s seniors are in danger of losing their only means of paying for disability services. The state and the federal government partner in funding in-home and assisted living services for the seniors who qualify. Caregivers say the problem is individuals who met the state’s criteria for years are now being let go from the system.