Alaska News Nightly: Friday. Sep. 22, 2017

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The Alaska impact of ACA repeal bill? Depends where you look

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

Sen. Murkowski says her position on Graham-Cassidy will hinge on data showing how Alaska would fare. Consultants’ reports vary wildly, but they all show a loss. And now it’s not clear senators will vote on

Gov. Walker cites uncertainty over funding in opposing ACA repeal

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Walker said he has spoken several times with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whose vote could help determine the bill’s fate.

Gov. Walker pitches 1.5 percent income tax with a limit

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Administration officials have a mouthful of a name for it: the “capped hybrid head tax.” It’s a flat 1.5 percent of wages and self-employment income, with a maximum of twice the value of that year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

Should independents be able to run in a Democratic primary?

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

A Superior Court judge is weighing how to define who is allowed to run the Alaska Democratic Party primary. The party wants to allow independent candidates to run in the primary without registering as Democrats.

The Mayor of Anchorage addresses concern over crime and safety

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Anchorage had a record number of homicides last year and is on pace to possibly surpass that number this year. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz took some heat for comments he made last week when he said residents who were not involved in drugs or out after midnight were safe. He apologized a day later, saying he wishes he could undo those comments. He said when crime happens to someone in the city, he feels the weight.

Lawsuit seeks to allow non-Alaska residents to gather signatures for state ballot initiatives

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

A lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks to remove the residency requirement for people gathering signatures for state ballot initiatives.

AK: $15,000 and 2,000 miles later, Kotzebue High volleyball players show Sitka their skills

Sarah Gibson, KCAW – Sitka

Alaska’s high school sports teams spend a lot of time and money on travel. But $15,000 and 2,000 miles for a single trip? That’s unusual. Earlier this month the Kotzebue Girls Volleyball team travelled to Sitka to play Mount Edgecumbe and Sitka High School.

49 Voices: Jay Stange of Anchorage

Samantha Davenport, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Jay Stange of Anchorage. Stange is a math teacher at Dimond High School.