Alaska attorney general wins confirmation

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has confirmed Jahna Lindemuth as the state's attorney general on a 52-7 vote.

Lindemuth had faced criticism for pursuing settlement in a long-running land-access dispute brought by Ahtna Inc. In 2016, a state court judge handed the Alaska Native regional corporation a partial victory.

Lindemuth earlier this year said that in situations like that, one must decide whether to settle and try to secure access that benefits Alaskans or to take chances at trial.

Lindemuth has served as attorney general since last summer. She replaced Craig Richards, who resigned.

Gov. Bill Walker's other Cabinet picks — Walt Monegan as Public Safety commissioner and Andy Mack as Natural Resources commissioner — also won confirmation during a joint legislative session on Tuesday.

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