Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Compromise to avoid state shutdown could happen soon

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

State lawmakers are working on a budget compromise to avoid a government shutdown that could be completed as soon as tonight.

‘Sense of relief’ as cuts to UA system are less than expected

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska learned it would face cuts, even though UA president Jim Johnsen said the cuts were less than expected.

Walker signs bill granting health insurance to dependents of fallen police, firefighters

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Governor Bill Walker has signed legislation which requires the state to provide health insurance for the dependents of state law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Murkowski’s take on health bill? Stay tuned.

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

Sen. Lisa Murkowski wouldn’t say how she’ll vote on the health care reform bill Senate leaders released Thursday, but it does things she has said she’s against, like shrinking Medicaid expansion and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Body of missing boater recovered on Bering Strait beach

Associated Press

The body of a man missing on a boating trip out of the Bering Strait village of Wales has been recovered.

“Doesn’t he know it’s frozen?” How Alaska almost overlooked Prudhoe Bay

Elizabeth Harball and Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk

You could argue — and a lot of people do — that  Alaska would be a completely different place if it weren’t for a man named Tom Marshall.

Fish and Game shoots black bear thought to have killed 16-year-old runner

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

That bear had been shot once already during an effort Sunday to recover the 16-year-old’s body.

Man charged in 2015 Wasilla double murder

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Court documents detail the case against a Wasilla man accused of a double murder along the Denali Highway.

Alaska trail advocates warn Governor Walker of transportation funding lapses

Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Advocacy group Alaska Trails has sent a letter to let Governor Bill Walker know that transportation funds are at risk. Last September, Alaska returned $2.6 million to the US Department of Transportation.

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