Alaska News Nightly: April 9, 2013
Right now, the state of Alaska is obligated to provide Medicaid funding for all “medically necessary” abortions. Today the Senate passed a bill that would narrow that definition.
The future of the Knik Arm bridge project is now in question. A bill advancing the project was pulled from floor consideration last night, and now a member of the House majority is pushing for a change that would take away the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority’s independence.
The Air Force has grounded the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base due to federal budget restrictions. The Squadron of F-16s is the same one the Air Force has considered relocating to Joint Base Elemendorf Richardson near Anchorage.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Energy Department, Ernest Moniz, director of the MIT Energy Initiative, testified before the Senate Energy Committee today.
Oregon investigators are taking the lead in the case of an assistant Juneau high school football coach who allegedly knocked out a student during a sparring match. Juneau Police Sargent Chris Burke says the Juneau School District notified them about the incident on Friday.
A recent D.C. court ruling has left state officials with a lot of legal uncertainty. The court said the Secretary of the Interior can take land into trust status for tribes in Alaska and can not treat tribes here differently than in the lower 48.
The Alaska Republican Party has ousted Party Chairwoman Debbie Brown, and state party vice – chair Peter Goldberg has become the new chair.
State Representative Bryce Edgmon introduced a bill last week that would allow Village Public Safety Officers across the state to carry firearms. KYUK’s Mark Arehart has more.
You could spend a lifetime exploring the terrain an Alaska couple traversed last year. KUAC’s Dan Bross has more on the human powered mega adventure.