Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 16, 2017

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Walker narrows Legislature’s focus to the budget

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

A breakdown in negotiations between House and Senate legislators Thursday resulted in lawmakers not passing a state operating budget in the first special session that ended Friday. So Gov. Bill Walker immediately called for a second special session, but is limiting the agenda to only the operating budget.

As swing vote on ACA repeal, Murkowski draws attention

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

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the target of a new TV ad urging her to vote against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

An Anchorage program has people role-playing in a refugee camp

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Each of the world’s 21 million refugees has a unique story, but sometimes it’s hard to see past the numbers. On Wednesday, Catholic Social Services in Anchorage set up a simulation where people role played what it would be like to arrive at a refugee camp. It was to help people try to get a sense of what it’s like to flee your home with practically nothing.

Climber dies of unknown illness descending Denali

Associated Press

The National Park Service in Alaska says a climber has died on Denali, North America’s highest mountain.

Former Fairbanks DA dies in motorcycle accident

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Former Fairbanks District Attorney Mike Gray was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Yukon Territory.

Fairbanks Borough air quality letters yield single citation

Robert Hannon, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks North Star Borough toughened its air regulations in advance of this spring’s EPA re-designation of much of the borough as a serious non-attainment area for fine-particulate pollution. The borough issued more than 170 air quality violation warning letters, but only one citation followed.

Alaska Highway Project: Memorializing civil rights legacy of black soldiers in state history

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Anchorage high school students will get a chance this year to learn about the work African-American soldiers did 75 years ago to help build the Alaska Highway. The retired educator who led the effort to get the district to teach that lesson said it’s important that Alaska students learn about this important part of their state’s history.

AK: World’s only urban king fishery has lines casting in downtown Anchorage

Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Anchorage’s annual Slam’n Salm’n Derby is in full swing this week. Since last Friday, fishermen at Ship Creek have been competing to see who can hook the biggest king salmon.

49 Voices: Albert Scott of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Albert Scott in Anchorage. Scott is a registered nurse with the Air Force who moved to Alaska from Georgia two years ago.