Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, April 4, 2019

 
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Rep. Young shoves reporter on way to VAWA vote

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Pubic Media – Washington D.C.

Congressman Don Young has apologized for shoving a female reporter at the U.S. Capitol today. He was on his way to vote for the Violence Against Women Act.

Alaska aims to be first state receiving federal Medicaid funding as a block grant

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Gov. Mike Dunleavy told President Donald Trump in a letter dated March 1 that top federal Medicaid official Seema Verma has urged Alaska to be the first state to receive Medicaid dollars as a block grant.

House hears strong public testimony against cutting senior benefits

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A State House Committee heard abundant public testimony opposed to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed repeal of Alaska’s Senior Benefits program.

Man convicted of 2016 murder of Fairbanks officer

Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

A man has been convicted of murder in the 2016 shooting of a Fairbanks police officer.

Army investigating fatal shooting of soldier during live-fire field-training exercise

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Army investigators have begun looking into the circumstances surrounding last weekend’s death of a soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson during a field-training exercise on a range near Fort Greely. But, investigators aren’t saying much about the case.

Upper Cook Inlet fishermen take issue with Dunleavy Board of Fish appointee

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced four appointments to the Alaska Board of Fisheries Monday. One of Dunleavy’s picks has served on the board in the past and is likely to go through a heated confirmation process.

Alaska’s fast ferries are being prepped for sale

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

State officials confirm the fast ferry Fairweather will be removed from service this month. It’s part of a plan to sell both fast ferries in advance of a $250,000 ferry system study commissioned by the Dunleavy administration.

For one petroleum engineering student, oil prices change but the dream stays the same

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks

“I saw it as: I’m in a cyclic industry,” said Sydney Deering, who will be graduating this year with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. “I’m coming in in the trough. Hopefully it’s only up from here.”

Juneau elementary students to release album of original songs

Zoe Grueskin, KTOO – Juneau

With the help of their teacher-and-sometimes-hip-hop-artist, Juneau elementary school students are releasing an album of original songs.

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