Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Alaska delegation gives Trump speech good reviews

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

President Trump gave a restrained speech to Congress Tuesday night. He said little about energy or the environment. But Alaska’s congressman and U.S. senators liked a lot of what they heard.

EPA funds for Native water projects could disappear under Trump administration

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

The White House wants to eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funds for water projects in Alaska Native villages. That’s according to a story in the Washington Post on Wednesday. It said the Trump administration’s plans for the EPA budget also include trimming grants to states by 30 percent and eliminating climate-change initiatives.

Rabbi of threatened Jewish Center thankful for community support

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

An Anchorage Jewish community center is among those targeted in a wave of bomb threats around the country.

Alaska lawmakers seek balance between public outcry over crime and national evidence

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Lawmakers looking to tighten penalties for some felonies and thefts are weighing two factors.

Mental Health Trust seeks to change laws that limit how they spend money

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is trying to change the laws that govern how it uses its principal funds. Some board members hope the legislation will pass soon enough that the organization does not have to undergo a special legislative audit.

Anchorage Assembly passes measure to make healthcare pricing more transparent

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Anchorage Assembly passed a measure that could have an impact on healthcare for anyone getting care in Alaska’s largest city. The ordinance from the mayor’s administration aims to make pricing more transparent.

House Fisheries Comittee holds hearing regarding genetically engineered salmon

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

The House Fisheries Committee held a hearing Tuesday (Feb. 28), regarding a house joint resolution that opposes the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon.

Ask a Climatologist: Models hint at El Niño resurgence

Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The weather phenomenon El Niño may be on its way back. That’s after a weak La Niña system faded out a few months ago. Climatologist Brian Brettschneider said computer models are hinting at El Niño returning in the second half of this year.

Peer teachers make big difference in Service High School special needs classes

Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Public education plays a pivotal role in the lives of special needs students throughout the state. And a lot of their success is determined by confidence.