Story last updated at 8/19/2009 - 5:58 pm
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislature narrowly voted to overturn former Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28.6 million in federal energy stimulus money, ensuring that Alaska will not become the only state in the nation to reject it.
Juneau's legislative delegation joined with all others from Southeast to accept the energy money, despite the "strings" Palin claimed would be onerous.
Dueling protesters took the unusual opportunity of an Anchorage legislative session to noisily make their views heard outside the Egan Center. After the successful override vote, about half the audience broke into cheers.
The 45-14 vote just barely met the 75 percent override threshold.
The vote was the final act in a long-running battle in Alaska over the federal stimulus money. Palin originally said she would reject about a third of the nearly $1 billion headed to Alaska.