Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, July 13, 2017

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New health care bill has ‘caribou kickback’ for Alaska

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

The latest version of the health care bill in the U.S. Senate has a special carve out to help Alaska’s individual insurance market. The bill, revealed today, would send several hundred million dollars a year to any state with extra high premiums. As it’s defined now, that’s only Alaska.

No progress made on oil and gas tax credits as special session end looms

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska Senate and House didn’t make any public progress on oil and gas tax legislation through mid-afternoon today. They haven’t agreed on how to replace the state system allowing companies to receive tax credits, and they only have two more days in the special session.

Fast times and fat wallets – how Alaska got its pipeline

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The trans-Alaska pipeline was the largest privately-funded construction project in the world, built across the biggest U.S. state and faced with unprecedented natural obstacles. It came with an $8 billion price tag, but true costs and benefits of the pipeline are still being calculated.

Washington man admits he scammed millions out of Dillingham victims

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

On Wednesday, Floyd Jay Mann, 55, from Puyallup, WA, pleaded guilty to all counts against him in the case of a massive scam of money out of more than a dozen people, mostly from Dillingham.

Anchorage officials look into connections between drug addiction and property crime

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Officials in Anchorage want to know if drug addiction is driving a rise in property crime.

Recalled Anchorage teacher relieved to be back in the classroom

Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Last month, we brought you a story about a pair of teachers whose classroom was left in limbo after one received a layoff notice from the Anchorage School District, while the state grappled with funding cuts. But, since lawmakers opted against dramatic education cuts, pink slipped teachers have been called back to their jobs. We caught back up with one educator about the impacts of her experience and the relief knowing she’ll be reunited with her teaching partner in the fall.