Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Mat-Su lawmaker leaves Senate Majority, dissatisfied with budget compromise

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

For the second time this year, a Republican from Matanuska-Susitna Borough left the state Senate majority caucus. Palmer Senator Shelley Hughes left the caucus last week to oppose the state budget.

Alaskan protesters not letting up on their disapproval of the Senate healthcare plan

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

U.S. Senate leaders postponed a vote on their health care reform bill, but Alaskans opposed to the bill aren’t letting up. One Alaskan, a three-time cancer survivor, was at the U.S. Capitol today to tell his senators to reject the bill.

Alaska communities to receive millions in Payments In Lieu of Taxes

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Department of the Interior announced today that local Alaska governments around the state would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.

Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud from Aleutian Islands

Associated Press

A 14-minute eruption by an Alaska volcano sent an ash cloud to 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) in the Aleutian Islands.

Anchorage seeks proposals for Transit Center overhaul

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Officials are reaching out to developers and the business community for ideas on how to re-invent the troubled property.

As Uber arrives in Alaska, towns without taxis have new transportation option

Emily Files, KHNS – Haines

In visits to the Lower 48, Alaskans may have caught a ride in an Uber or Lyft car. Now, people around the state can use the ride-hailing companies at home. This month, Alaska became the latest state to make way for the transportation apps.

Ask A Climatologist: A warmer North, but a lukewarm everywhere else

Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Residents of Utqiagvik have experienced above normal temperatures for the last 17 months. But a cooler than normal June will end that streak.   

Redington High School commemorates ‘father of the Iditarod’ with bronze statue

Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

A new bronze sculpture of Iditarod co-founder Joe Redington Sr. was unveiled at Redington High School in Knik on Friday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held the day before signups for the 2018 Iditarod race.